ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Welcome to the ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Skip Navigation

Please Note: You are viewing the non-styled version of this Web page. Either your browser does not support Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) or it is disabled. We suggest upgrading your browser to the latest version of your favorite Internet browser.


Welcome to the ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

For faster answers to your questions, please use the search box in the upper right corner.

Latest News

There are a number of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle Deputy Registrar locations across the state that may be closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday. While all agencies will be closed on November 26, some may have limited hours the days following the holiday.

Customers should call ahead to their local Deputy Registrar to verify they are open. Click here for a list of Deputy Registrar locations and phone numbers.
Study: Back Seat Passengers Rarely Wear Seat Belt In 2013, 883 people were killed while riding unbuckled in the back seats of cars.
Prices lower at pump, but traffic is up - Almost 2 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving holiday, from Wednesday to Sunday, AAA estimates.
Highest holiday travel volume in 8 years - The auto club predicts 46.9 million Americans, including more than 1.9 million Ohioans, will travel at least 50 miles from home from Wednesday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 29.
With the possibility of snow this weekend, it is time to prepare for winter weather driving. Click here for tips.
Driver Distractions Extend 27 Seconds Beyond Act
Potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after a driver dials, changes music or sends a text using voice commands, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Annual "Tie One on for Safety" Campaign Launched to Promote Safe and Sober Holiday Season
Annual "Tie One on for Safety" Campaign to be Launched to Promote Safe and Sober Holiday Season
Earlier this month, BMV staff members assisted more than 1,000 state inmates by participating in re-entry fairs at four facilities. Inmates were provided Operator/CDL/Motorcycle test booklets, BMV Fee Installment Payment Plan and acceptable document lists information.
Among young men killed in car crashes in 2013, 63 percent weren’t wearing a safety belt. Don’t be another statistic. ‪#‎ClickItOrTicket
#TBT Since 2004, family plates are now known as "restricted plates." These plates are issued to residents who are repeat 'Operating a Vehicle while under the Influence' (OVI) offenders and request driving privileges through the court that convicted them of the OVI.
Want to win a wireless tablet from AT&T? Check out this video challenge!
What documentation do you need to have an Ohio ID card issued for your child?

The applicant (child) must provide proof of the following:
• Full legal name
• Date of birth
• Social Security number (if one has ever been assigned)
• Legal presence (U.S. Birth Certificate, valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, Naturalization Papers, USCIS documents)
• Residency

Any child under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who must also provide proof of name, date of birth, and Social Security number, if ever assigned, or their Ohio driver license. http://bmv.ohio.gov/idrkids.stm
Oh deer! Avoiding car deer collisions
BMV4U Self-Service Terminals Available at Nine Locations across the State
AT&T, ODPS Offer Video Challenge on Dangers of Distracted Driving
Troopers focus on unsafe driving around commercial vehicles – 67 percent of crash deaths involving commercial vehicles in Ohio are the fault of other motorists driving around them

It's ‪#‎DrowsyDrivingPreventionWeek. Know the facts and steps you can take for lowering your risk.
Did you know you can chat online with a BMV representative through OPLATES?
If you drink and drive this Halloween, plan on a zombie costume. Because ‪#‎BuzzedDriving is ‪#DrunkDriving, and drunk driving most often kills the driver.
Is your community at risk?
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have joined 5 Minutes for Life and the Start Talking program to help prevent drug abuse. Informational slides have been incorporated into Drive TV terminals at nearly 200 Deputy Registrar locations throughout Ohio.

Click here to find out more about what the Patrol is doing with the 5 Minutes for Life program.
ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

General Information

ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles


Pattie Stechschulte's plate reads 4MYJCK to honor her 16-year-old son's brave struggles with autism. Pattie says Jack's autism never gets him down and she thinks her plate is a great way to celebrate him. She says people stop her to say they love her plate and that she is always happy to brag about her awesome kid.

We want to hear from you! E-mail us a photo of you with your personalized plate and tell us how you chose your plate's message. You could be featured here and on the BMV Facebook page and win a decorative plate with the personalization of your choice! Plates must be current and valid. Winners selected quarterly.

Next of Kin logo Emergency Contact Information  

Next of Kin (NOK)

Add emergency contact information to your driving record. You also can allow your emergency contact(s) to share information with medical professionals providing emergency treatment if you are unable to communicate.

ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Download commonly requested BMV forms. Available in (PDF) format.

ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Browse BMV facts and figures all the way back to 2007.

ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Retrieve Ohio Crash Reports.

ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Ohio photo ID cards for children will assist authorities in the event that a child is reported missing.

ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The opportunity to impact lives starts with a personal commitment to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

ODPS | Bureau of Motor Vehicles

OPLATES.com allows you to renew one or more vehicles and/or select and purchase specialty plates in minutes.