What Does The Ohio BMV Do?

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The OH Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for boat/vessel registrations as well as boater education and licensing.

When you move to Ohio, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 30 days of establishing residency in the state. Your vehicle will need to undergo a VIN inspection before it can be titled and registered in Ohio. These inspections can typically be done at your licensing agency office.

The BMV also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in Ohio are not required to get an OH license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The Ohio BMV offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • Road test scheduling
  • License status checks
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Temporary tag purchase
  • Reinstatement fee payments
  • Registration renewal
  • Duplicate registration issuance
  • License plate replacements
  • Specialty plate availability check
  • Driving records
  • Address changes
  • Organ donor registration
  • Emergency contact updates

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the Ohio Driver Handbook online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The BMV offers an online practice test to help you ace your written test.

The OH BMV partners with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, driver education and training, motorcycle training and testing, and CDL education and testing in the state.

Contact Information


Bureau of Motor Vehicles

1970 West Broad Street

Columbus, OH 43223

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 16520

Columbus, OH 43216

Phone: (844) 644-6268

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