Ohio ends same-day driver’s license issuing in favor of mail


By Andrew Welsh-Huggins - Associated Press



Courtesy image Beginning July 2, licenses and identification cards will no longer be produced while you wait at each of the more than 180 Deputy Registrar offices statewide. While customers will still go to a Deputy Registrar for license and card renewals or other transactions, they will receive their driver licenses and identification cards by mail rather than over the counter. Only a temporary proof of transaction will be issued at a Deputy Registrar location.

Courtesy image Beginning July 2, licenses and identification cards will no longer be produced while you wait at each of the more than 180 Deputy Registrar offices statewide. While customers will still go to a Deputy Registrar for license and card renewals or other transactions, they will receive their driver licenses and identification cards by mail rather than over the counter. Only a temporary proof of transaction will be issued at a Deputy Registrar location.


What will change?

Beginning July 2, customers will be:

  • Receiving their state driver licenses and identification cards by mail in about 10 days after visiting a Deputy Registrar;
  • Receiving a temporary card/confirmation of driving privileges until the card arrives in the mail; and
  • Having the option to have a driver license or identification card that is acceptable for federal identification purposes.

What will NOT change?

Deputy Registrars will continue to be part of the driver license and identification card process. Customers will still initiate driver license and identification card transactions by visiting a Deputy Registrar agency, presenting documents (as needed) and be photographed. Driver licenses and identification cards will continue to be valid for four years and require a new photograph with every renewal. Customer costs will remain the same for both the standard and compliant cards.

COLUMBUS — Ohio said Wednesday it’s ending the same-day issuing of Ohio driver’s licenses and will mail them instead to save money and increase security.

Licenses will arrive about 10 days after they’re issued once the change takes effect July 2, the Department of Public Safety said. Drivers will be issued temporary licenses and ID cards in the meantime.

The agency says the temporary cards will be valid for proof of identity and residence when voting.

Drivers can also request driver’s licenses or ID cards that meet federal regulations for travel. Travel restrictions taking effect in October 2020 will require federally compliant driver’s licenses to pass through airport security. There’s no extra cost for these licenses.

A star in the upper right hand corner of licenses will designate those compliant with federal regulations. Obtaining that credential will require documents such as birth certificates or passports, copies of social security cards and utility bills showing people’s address.

Ohio joins 41 other states that provide licenses and ID cards through the mail.

The change announced Wednesday will prevent loss and theft of secure material from motor vehicle bureaus, provide a centralized and more secure printing facility and save money in the form of the cost of upgrading security measures at individual bureaus, the Public Safety department said.

Courtesy image Beginning July 2, licenses and identification cards will no longer be produced while you wait at each of the more than 180 Deputy Registrar offices statewide. While customers will still go to a Deputy Registrar for license and card renewals or other transactions, they will receive their driver licenses and identification cards by mail rather than over the counter. Only a temporary proof of transaction will be issued at a Deputy Registrar location.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2018/02/web1_picture0001_crop.jpgCourtesy image Beginning July 2, licenses and identification cards will no longer be produced while you wait at each of the more than 180 Deputy Registrar offices statewide. While customers will still go to a Deputy Registrar for license and card renewals or other transactions, they will receive their driver licenses and identification cards by mail rather than over the counter. Only a temporary proof of transaction will be issued at a Deputy Registrar location.

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Associated Press

What will change?

Beginning July 2, customers will be:

  • Receiving their state driver licenses and identification cards by mail in about 10 days after visiting a Deputy Registrar;
  • Receiving a temporary card/confirmation of driving privileges until the card arrives in the mail; and
  • Having the option to have a driver license or identification card that is acceptable for federal identification purposes.

What will NOT change?

Deputy Registrars will continue to be part of the driver license and identification card process. Customers will still initiate driver license and identification card transactions by visiting a Deputy Registrar agency, presenting documents (as needed) and be photographed. Driver licenses and identification cards will continue to be valid for four years and require a new photograph with every renewal. Customer costs will remain the same for both the standard and compliant cards.

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