COLUMBUS, Ohio — Starting Friday, Ohio drivers will have the option of getting paperless reminders to renew their driver’s licenses.
The email reminders will include a link to a state website where drivers can create a custom checklist of documents needed to get a higher-level driver license that, starting in October, will be required for those without passports to board a domestic flight.
The state BMV has made encouraging more Ohioans to get the federally compliant licenses a top priority. They’re concerned people may not realize the new license is required until they’re rejected at the boarding gate, or that there will be long lines at the BMV as the Oct. 1 deadline approaches.
“We understand that drivers have a lot of obligations and deadlines in their everyday lives,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement. “We hope these new email reminders serve as a convenience for those who are approaching their driver license expiration date and remove the stress of remembering to renew at the last minute.”
The new reminder system is opt-in, meaning Ohioans will have to go to the state BMV website to get it.
The notices will go out about 45 days before someone’s license is set to expire.
To sign up, visit https://www.bmv.ohio.gov/