How do I get an appointment at the Ohio DMV? If you are a new Ohio resident, you may need to consider some of the processes and paperwork necessary to keep your vehicle’s documents, as well as the driver’s own, in order.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is the office in charge of processing driver’s license, vehicle and related paperwork in the state of Ohio. You can schedule a DMV Ohio appointment online, over the phone or in person at an office near you.
Request an appointment at DMV Ohio
- Log in from the Ohio DMV at https://www.bmv.ohio.gov/.
- Choose from online services, renew license, registration, changes or make an application.
- You can schedule an appointment, exam, renew your license, ID card, request a duplicate, make changes or payments.
- However, you can also check hours of operation and access phone numbers.
- Some Ohio DMV offices will be able to assist you in person, others from telephone services.
At DMV Ohio, an appointment-only reservation system has been implemented for certain required in-person transactions that cannot be completed online, by phone or by mail.
Best times to visit the Ohio DMV
Here are some tips on the best times to visit the Ohio DMV.
- Afternoons tend to be busier than mornings
- The middle of the week tends to have shorter waits than Monday and Friday
- The Ohio DMV office starts the lunch break around noon, which leaves fewer employees. Try to avoid the lunch hour if possible.
- Make sure you have enough time to finish your paperwork, especially if you are getting a permit or taking a road test.
What to do at DMV Ohio
DMV Ohio is adding more and more online services so you can get things done without having to visit a physical office for an appointment. You can renew your vehicle registration, replace your license and more online.
What to bring to your Ohio DMV appointment
If you’re applying for a driver’s license or a travel ID (a REAL ID-compliant license or ID) in Ohio, you’ll need to bring a few documents with you to your Ohio DMV appointment. If you have all of your documents with you, your visit will go faster and smoother. Documents include:
- Proof of identity, such as a passport or birth certificate
- Proof of social security number, such as a social security card or W-2 form
- Two documents proving Ohio residency, such as a utility bill or lease agreement
Ohio DMV offices
As you may know, the Ohio DMV is an office dedicated to serving anyone who wishes to process their vehicle, driver’s license or identification card documents throughout the state.
- NCDMV Customer Service: (919-715-7000)
- Mail Service Center: 3101
- Raleigh, NC 27699-3101