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New Ohio Driver’s License and ID Cards

Real ID

Ohio has joined 28+ states whose driver’s licenses and IDs are already compliant with the new federal regulations that will be implemented in October 2020. By the time these laws are put into effect, all 50 states will have what’s called a “REAL ID”.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the REAL ID Act “establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production” and results from the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the government set higher standards for ID issuing.

Receiving New ID or License

The new license distribution went into effect on July 2, 2018 when Deputy Registrar agencies officially ended the issuing of the prior IDs and licenses. One of the biggest changes to the new process is that customers will be receiving their new licenses in the mail instead of collecting them instantly at the agency. This mailing system reduces fraud and identity theft because the cards are being produced in a high security printing environment. According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), it takes around 7-10 business days to receive the new card.

What should you use until your new license comes in? The BMV will provide you with an “Ohio Interim Identification” form, a temporary form of ID until your new permanent driver’s license or ID arrives. This Interim ID form should be treated as a real ID and is required to be carried until the permanent one comes in.


Standard or Compliant?

With this new process, customers are able to choose between 2 types of ID: either standard or compliant. Both cards are sufficient forms of identification for things like alcohol purchases, registering to vote, and obtaining social services, but there will be a big difference come 2020 if any travel plans are made.

Compliant DL-ID

Compliant licenses and IDs meet all national travel security requirements that will be put into practice in October 2020. This means that citizens can travel on domestic flights by simply showing their ID or driver’s license,  although   International travel will still require a Passport. The compliant form of ID will not only be required to fly commercially, it will also be required to gain access to any federal facilities or military bases. In order to obtain a compliant card, citizens must provide documents proving:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Birth certificate or passport
  • 2 additional documents proving residential address (EX: utility bills)

Standard DL-ID

The other option is a Standard Driver’s License or ID. Although this type allows citizens to purchase alcohol, register to vote, and show proof of identity, it does not meet the national travel security requirements that will go into effect in October 2020. This means that if you have a standard license when the new laws begin, you will need to bring other documentation with you in order to be able to travel. There are no additional identity documents in order to obtain a standard card.


Question: What if my Driver’s License or ID doesn’t expire until after October 2020? Can I use it until its expiration date?

Answer: No, if your driver’s license or ID was issued before July 2, 2018, it will not be accepted by TSA after October 1, 2020. If you plan on traveling close to this date, consider renewing early so all documentation is compliant with the new laws.

Question: I have a child under 18, what kind of license or ID do they need?

Answer: Children 18 and under will need a compliant card only if they are flying commercially unaccompanied by parents. If they will be traveling with their parent or guardian, a standard card will meet requirements.

Question: The Deputy Registrar’s office punched holes in my current Drivers License/ID. What does this mean?

Answer: These holes indicate that your new license or ID is in process and lets government and community officials know that you are in the process of receiving your new card.

Question: The compliant card sounds like it does a lot more. Is there an additional cost?

Answer: There is no additional cost for a compliant card. Both standard and compliant cards are priced the same as previous driver’s licenses and ID cards.


To find out more, visit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Website