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New to Ohio

Welcome to Ohio! You are considered an Ohio resident once you: take a job, sign a lease, buy a home or enroll children in school. Within 30 days of establishing residency, you will need an Ohio driver license for yourself, and an Ohio title and license plates for your vehicle.

You will need to bring:

  • Your vehicle’s original title or memorandum of title (If your vehicle has two owners and one cannot be present, you will also need two signed powers of attorney, one for the title and one for the registration.)
  • Your vehicle loan contract (if applicable)
  • Your current out-of-state driver license
  • Proof of your full legal name*
  • Proof of your Social Security number
  • Proof of Ohio residency (e.g., bank statement, utility bill or pay stub listing your Ohio address)
  • Proof of citizenship or legal presence (e.g., birth certificate, U.S. passport, or see list of other acceptable documents)
  • If under 18 years of age, proof of driver education and a cosigner (parent or legal guardian)

*If your full legal name is inconsistent on the documents presented, you must provide additional documents to establish your full legal name. The following documents are acceptable:

  • Marriage certificate or license
  • Certified copy of a decree of divorce, dissolution or annulment of marriage
  • Certified copy of a court-ordered name change.