Drivers License and Ohio ID

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It is not legal for an international student to drive in the US with a foreign driver’s license. If you plan to drive, you must obtain a driver’s license from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OBMV). To secure an Ohio license, you must take a written exam, an eye test, and a driving test.

Step 1: Visit the Wooster License Bureau

The Wooster License Bureau is located at 200 Vanover Street, Suite 3. The phone number is 330-287-5640. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; it is open Thursday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm; it is open Saturday 8:00am - 12:30 pm.

Bring the following documents with you:

  • Valid Passport
  • US Visa
  • Form I-94 (white card in your passport)
  • Form I-20 (or Form DS-2019)
  • Social Security Card (or ITIN)

Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your passport. As a student at The College of Wooster, you may consider yourself a resident of Ohio. Also request an application form and a free copy of the "Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws" to help you prepare for the written exam.

Step 2: Visit the Exam Center

The Exam Center is located at 340 South Market. The phone number is 330-264-7342. There, you will take a written exam and be subjected to a vision examination.

Step 3: Temporary License

After you pass the written exam, you will be issued a temporary license. This license allows you to drive with a person who has a valid Ohio driver’s license.

Step 4: Take the Driving Exam

When you feel comfortable driving, call the Exam Center #330-264-7342, to schedule an appointment to take the driving exam. You must supply your own car.

Step 5: Driver's License

After you pass the driving exam, you will be given a "receipt" to take back to the Wooster License Bureau on Vancouver Street, where you will be issued your driver’s license.

Ohio State ID Card

An Ohio State ID establishes the fact that you live in Ohio . It is considered a valid photo ID, so you won’t have to carry your passport everywhere. To obtain a State ID Card, take the items listed in STEP 1 above to the Wooster License Bureau.

Automobile Insurance

Automobile insurance is required by law when you buy or rent an automobile. It is important to understand the terms involved when you purchase (or waive) auto insurance. A quick decision to waive a minimal $20 insurance fee could tragically result in liability for several thousands of dollars.