Ohio's new "compliant" driver's license now available

Monday marked the first day that drivers in Ohio could apply for a federally-compliant license as their state-issue I.D. card. (WSYX/WTTE)

Monday marked the first day that drivers in Ohio could apply for a federally-compliant license as their state-issue I.D. card.

The new card, with greater security features, is also an acceptable form of federal identification. The change is important, as new federal standards will require a federal I.D. to board domestic airline flights or set foot on a military base, or in a federal facility. Two years ahead of time, Ohio is now meeting that standard.

Any licensed driver can request the compliant I.D. when they renew their license. However, the renewal process will be more exhaustive than it used to: the applicant will have to bring proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal American residence and two proofs of home street address to the renewal. Acceptable documents to prove each of those elements can be found by clicking here, and could include a birth certificate, social security card, W-2 employment form, 1099 form, U.S. passport, and any number of personal financial statements, bills or mailing materials.

The extra documents are due to the stricter federal requirement to prove one's identity. Ohioans can still receive a non-federally compliant I.D., called a standard I.D., and the process remains the same as in prior years: simply show up to the BMV and apply to renew your driver's license, with no added documentation needed.

That I.D. will not gain one access to an airliner or military base, though.

According to Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Don Petit, there were few complaints about the new renewal process as of midday on Monday. At the WestPointe Plaza deputy registrar's office, several customers were asked to leave and return with additional identification documents, to meet the requirement.

For more information, visit the Ohio BMV's "frequently asked questions" page by clicking here.

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