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Old 03-05-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati, OH
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Ok, so I'm changing my Maryland driver's license to an Ohio driver's license. It's getting ready to expire, and I'm in Ohio more than Maryland these days.
So, I go to the downtown Cincinnati BMV (since I happened to be downtown) a few weeks ago. They told me that they cannot transfer my Maryland license there because I need to take a test in one of their "testing" locations. Ok, No problem, I figure.

This week I realized that my Maryland license is going to expire on Monday. So this morning (Saturday), I went to the Western Hills location with my Maryland driver's license, my US passport, my birth certificate, credit cards, my homeowner's insurance policy, my proof of auto insurance, my Ohio vehicle registration, and my expired military ID.

I wait through the line only to be told that I'm not able to get a drivers license without a proof of SSN (even though it was on my expired military ID).

Ok, fine. I suppose that even though they already have my SSN in their system from when I registered my vehicle in Ohio, and they say on their website that they confirm name & SSN with the Social Security Administration electronically when you give it to them, and the fact that my SSN is on my expired military ID, that's not sufficient to change my driver's license over. So, here's the tricky part: I've moved like 3 times and I'm not sure where my Social Security card is...

So, they give me a list of the documents that they need and it says that the documents that I've brought are sufficient. Nonetheless they insist that I must have the items must be on the list AND have my SSN on at least one them. Which ones have a SSN? They don't know.

So, I go home and dig through my records. Ah! I have a DD214 (military discharge paper) which has my SSN printed right across the top. It's on the list. Great! The Air Force emailed it to me when I got out. So, I print it out and head to the Sharonville branch of the BMV (closer to my house than the first).

I wait through the line for another hour and present my documents to them when I get to the desk. The guy looks at my DD214 quizzically , so I explain that the lady at the other BMV said that I needed to bring something on the list with my SSN on it.

He says, "I've got to go ask if this will work" and shuffles into another room. He comes back and tells me that I have to have an original from the Air Force. I explain to him that they only emailed it to me. So, he tells me that the only thing that will work is my Social Security Card.

I explain that I can't find social security card, and that my license expires on Monday. He follows that I will then have to take the full driver's test on top of the knowledge test that I was there for. They're only open during the week.

So now, I have to take off work on Monday. Get a new Social Security card. Take the knowledge test. Take the driving test. Pay the fee. Uugh... these people suck. How hard can it be to make me a driver's license? I can renew this one in Maryland in 30 minutes!

Again, it states on their website that they verify your SSN with the social security administration. They already have my SSN in their system from when I registered my vehicle. I had tons of documentation prooving that I am who I say I am. I even had stuff with my SSN on it. Why is this an issue???
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:24 PM
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Location: In a happy place
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How long have you been an Ohio resident? What is your reason for not transferring your Driver's License earlier? (Not trying to be smart about this, just wondering.)
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Hinckley Ohio
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How long have you been an Ohio resident? What is your reason for not transferring your Driver's License earlier? (Not trying to be smart about this, just wondering.)
I'd have to agree with rrtechno, the law is the law. it is there for a reason. You do know that identity theft and illegal immigrants are big problems and I wouldn't want them handing out licenses to anyone who walks up.

You really shouldn't be blaming others for your poor planning....
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Well, then, renew your Maryland license. Yeah, it sounds like a PITA, but you must have your Social Security card for this kind of stuff these days. I'm a procrastinator myself, but I would have started on this process at least a week or two ago ... Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:06 PM
Status: "SW OH - AT LAST!!!!" (set 5 days ago)
 
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"Once you are an Ohio resident, you need to become an official Ohio driver as soon as possible. You are considered an Ohio resident once you: take a job, sign a lease, buy a home, register to vote, or enroll children in school."

From ODPS | BMV | New Ohio Resident Information
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: State of General Disarray
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Looks to me like OP had everything required, and then some:

ODPS | BMV | Acceptable Identification Documents

Too bad you're out of time. I probably would have gone back to Maryland if I were you. Why in the world do they require a written test, anyway? That's just lame.

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Old 03-07-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I appreciate a good rant any day. And this is a good one.

But I do have to say: I am quite sure it isn't an Ohio thing.
Is there a GOOD BMV/DMV anywhere in these 50 states?
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati, OH
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I spend part of the year in each state, although I recently bought a house in Ohio. I decided that it would be appropriate to swap my license to Ohio.
Gosh, everyone jumps on me for poor planning. I took 3 trips to the BMV over several weeks attempting to resolve this. Seriously? This is my fault?

I've seriously considered traveling back to Maryland just to renew it. It would take like 30 minutes when I got there.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I really only see 1 person "jumping on you". And not even that bad really.

It's the internet, man, people can be rude.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Findlay, OH
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Hey Flash,
It's not you. Looked to me too like you were being jumped on. One would think that getting a drivers license for an already licensed adult from another State of the Union should not be a multi-day affair. And it would seem to me that 8 pieces of identification should count for something.

And I feel your pain friend. When we moved from MI to OH what a complete and utter pain in the butt it was dealing with the BMV. Everyone in MI says that our Secretary of State offices suck, but I long for the days when life was easy. Everything was under one roof, all handled by one agent, who might be grumpy, but if you had your paperwork, you were good to go.

When we moved here, it took something like 6 trips and about 8 hours to get myself, my husband and our lease vehicles registered. I especially like the part where the offices all have different days and times that they are open. But my favorite is that not all of the offices accept the same payment types. Also a favorite is that they charged us sales tax on the vehicles that we had paid taxes on already in MI.

Oh, Flash.... I hope that Monday finds you with an Ohio license. But I would check the office hours first before you take the day off. I am sure one of the offices is not open on Monday, or may only be open from 9:18a until 10:39a. Good Luck!
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