Ohio Driver's Licenses

How to obtain a driver's license in Ohio

This web page offers basic information about obtaining an OHIO driver's license. For details on Ohio traffic laws and signs, as well as written and driving test requirements, please refer to the Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws.  Regulations and fees may change without notice; always confirm your understanding with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

First-time Driver's License

  • Must purchase a temporary permit package
  • Must provide identification to prove date of birth and social security number if assigned - acceptable documents are listed in the Digest booklet
  • If the student is not a US citizen, additional proof of residency is required - passport, I-94, and I-20.
  • Temporary packet costs $22.00 - cash or check only.
  • Written exam and vision screening - no appointment necessary, no extra cost
  • Driving and maneuverability tests - appointment required, usually at least 2 weeks before the desired date, no extra cost
  • Cost to have a first time OHIO driver's license issued is between $19.55 and $24.25 depending on age - cash or check only

Out-of-state conversion (if you have a driver's license from another state)

  • Must present out-of-state driver's license
  • Must provide proof of social security number if assigned
  • Written exam and vision screening - no appointment necessary
  • Cost is $10.25 - cash or check out

Out-of-country conversion (if you have a driver's license from another country)

  • Must present out-of-country driver's license
  • Must provide proof of social security number if assigned
  • Written exam and vision screening - no appointment necessary
  • Driving and maneuverability tests - appointment required
  • Some cases will require the purchase of a temporary permit packet - call beforehand for more information

Driving Lessons

If you have never driven a car before, you are required to take driving lessons with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older - could be a relative, a friend, or a professional driving instructor. For information on driving schools in the Oberlin area, please refer to the Oberlin Yellow Pages and/or the Lorain County Yellow Pages under Driving.

Here is a direct link to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) for further information.

Fact Sheet from USCIS regarding Driver's Licenses and state ID cards for F-1 students.