Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Everything You Need to Know About Ohio's New Driver's Licenses

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM


The Dayton Daily News has a comprehensive look at the new Ohio driver's licenses that will arrive in January 2013 and be mandatory by 2017 (though for federal purposes, they'll be the only valid ID accepted as of 2014 for most people.)

Yes, Ohio just got new driver's license designs just a few years ago — who doesn't love salmon? — but the new ones will be forced on the Buckeye state because of the Real ID Act of 2005, an outgrowth of the 9/11 commission. A litany of states have already passed legislation saying Real ID is a load of hooey and they have no intentions of complying. Ohio is not one of those states.

So, we get the new license, which the Dayton Daily News sums up in the first paragraph of its report: "New Ohio driver’s licenses and identification cards debuting in January 2013 likely will cost more, require additional documentation and take longer to get."

Sweet. Make the BMV more superfuntime awesome, please.

Among the highlights: You won't get the ID immediately; it will be mailed to you. In the meantime, your current ID will be hole-punched and used on a temporary basis. Oh, and it will cost more, though Ohio doesn't know how much more as of this time.

There's more, all of which you should read, at the DDN link, including a Republican from Texas saying that America is setting itself up for another terrorist attack if Real ID doesn't go forward. Superfuntime indeed.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation