Driver's License/Auto Insurance

Driver’s License
If you need a duplicate copy of your driver’s license (because your license was confiscated or lost), a new license, or you need to renew your license, contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If your license has been expired for more than six months, you will need to purchase the temporary packet and retake the driving test.

Current fees (as of 2015) are:
Temporary Instruction Permit: $22
Driver’s License Renewal: $25.75
Duplicate Driver’s License: $24.50

You can walk in to any license agency for service. There are many locations in Cuyahoga County. The downtown location is listed below:
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Downtown - Cleveland East
2765 E 55th St.
Cleveland, OH 44104
Open 8:00am-5:00pm every weekday, except Monday until 6:30pm.
Saturday hours are 8:00am - 2:00pm

For other locations, or more information, call:
Driver’s License Information Center
License Plate Registration

Auto Insurance
In Ohio, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without insurance or other financial responsibility (FR) proof. It is also illegal for any motor vehicle owner to allow anyone else to drive the owner’s vehicle without (FR) proof.

If you are asked to show proof of insurance or financial responsibility for a traffic violation and cannot, you will be required to pay $150 and file a bond (or SR22) for the first offense. Your driver’s license may also be suspended for a variety of traffic violations and other offenses.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Safety Responsibility Division - Driver’s License Suspensions Section
PO Box 16583
Columbus, OH 43216-6583

For more information on driver’s license suspensions due to driving without insurance or due to other offenses.
Ohio Dept. of Insurance
50 W Town St., 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Offers a “Shoppers Guide to Automobile Insurance” that may be helpful.