Working with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Ohio License Bureau can be confusing at times, but it doesn’t have to be. We can help you locate the information and bureau that you’re looking for to save you time and keep you from getting frustrated.
In Ohio, there are numerous different places you can contact, depending on your needs, the type of information you’re looking for, and whether or not you’re the person that the information is required for. If you are seeking information for a third-party, you may need to go through other steps than what we’ve outlined here.
If you’re handing personal paperwork or attempting to ensure that your vehicle remains legal, you will need to contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Ohio. They can help you with permits, licenses, state identification cards, vehicle registration, titling, and license plates.
If you want to save time, you will want to book an appointment online or see if the services you’re requesting are available to be completed online. One of the biggest complaints received about the DMV is the amount of time people spend in line.
Depending on the services you’re requesting, some of them may be able to be handled by other agencies in the state.
The Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles can be contacted in the following ways.
Telephone support is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:30pm. You can contact them at the following phone numbers:
(614) 752-4559 (For hearing impaired support)
Or by contacting them at (844) 644-6268
You can also contact the Department of Motor Vehicles through mail at the following address:
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6520
The Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles also provides live chat support for specific issues.
Obtaining the information and services you’re looking for will take less time, and create less frustration if you start by visiting the proper office.
The Deputy Registrar License handles most issues concerning licensing, vehicle registration, commercial licensing, non-driver state identification cards, permits, and more. You can schedule various different tests, ranging from vision, road tests, and knowledge tests here.
Road tests, in general, are performed at driver’s license examination bureaus for non-commercial licensing, while CDL testing facilities handle commercial licensing requirements.
Licensing agencies are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and are closed most holidays. Some offices provide an extended time one day per week, and remain open until 6:30pm to accommodate people that cannot visit during normal office hours.
They are also open on Saturdays from 8:00am until 2:00pm, but you will need to verify the hours before you visit in person.
The Ohio Clerk of Courts handles transactions that deal with titles. Title offices are open Monday through Friday, with a select few offices fulfilling services on Saturday. Their hours of operation are 8:00am to 6:00pm and they’re open on BMV approved holidays.
You will need to verify that hours of your preferred Clerk of Courts and Title Office before plan to visit in person. Some of these offices are also known as Deputy Registration License Agencies and Driver’s License Examination Stations.
Driver’s License stations provide exams, driver vision tests, knowledge tests, and road testing services. You can schedule road testing at these facilities through their online appointment forms, or by calling in advance.
Exame stations are open for different hours on different days, with each station determining their own hours of operation. To ensure you’re not wasting your time, you will need to contact your local testing station to verify their hours before you visit in person.
If your license has been suspended, Regional Service Centers can help you with the fees required to get it reinstated. They typically operate close to Licensing Agencies and the Clerk of Courts to ensure that paying the fees required for your licensing is easy.
In general, they maintain the same operating hours as the Licensing Agencies and Clerk of Courts, and most are open from Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm.
If you require commercial licensing and testing, you will need to contact a CDL Testing Facility. Each office has their own hours and are closed on most BMV approved holidays, so you will need to verify the hours of operation before you schedule your exams or visit in person.
You can make an appointment for your road or knowledge testing either online or by phone.
Ohio state law requires all vehicles deemed safe for operation on the roads and that they pass emissions requirements. To have your vehicle registered in the State of Ohio, you must visit an Emissions Inspection Station near you.
You can contact (800) 227-8378 to find the E-Check station closest to you and verify their hours of operation. Most E-Check stations are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 6:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am until 1:00pm.
If you want to save time and keep from getting frustrated while you’re dealing with one of the different Ohio Licensing Bureaus, you will want to plan in advance. Contact the specific bureau you need to get help from, and schedule an appointment to prevent waiting in line or driving to the wrong agency.