State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) wants to remind Akron residents that beginning July 2, the procedure for renewing a driver’s license in Ohio will change. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will now mail new driver’s license cards to the applicant’s home address. A temporary card will be issued at the BMV until the official card arrives in the mail, about 10 days later. Officials say this change will reduce fraud and counterfeit licenses.

“It’s important that everyone is aware of these changes coming July 2 so they can plan accordingly,” said Rep. Sykes. “My concern is that with any change in procedure, there can be hiccups in the implementation. It is my hope that this change happens seamlessly so that no Ohioan’s driving privileges are compromised.”

Additionally, this change will:

  • Make Ohio ID cards compliant with new federal laws, including new Transportation Security Administration regulations for air travel at all U.S. airports.

  • Allow the state to do a more advanced check to ensure licenses are going to the correct person.

The new requirements do not change the cost that Ohioans will pay to purchase a license and licenses will still remain valid for four years.

For specific questions about the changes, frequently asked questions, important dates and acceptable documents to renew a driver’s license, follow the link to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles website:

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