Ohio BMV Encourages Parents to Obtain IDs for Kids
August 21, 2015 - 10:55 AM
–As children head back to school, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
(BMV) is reminding parents of tools available to quickly locate a child
that has been separated from a parent.
When a child is reported
missing, the first few minutes and hours are crucial. It is important
for parents to have accurate and current information about the child,
The BMV can issue state identification
(ID) cards, which include a digital photograph, to children of any age.
When a state ID is issued, the photo and information on it becomes part
of a statewide Operator’s License/Identification database and can be
readily accessed by law enforcement officials through the Ohio Attorney
General’s secure web site, the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway if a child
is reporter missing or abducted.
When the initial report of a
missing or abducted child is made, his or her state ID photo can be
sent to sheriff’s departments, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, police
the Ohio Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, Ohio AMBER Alert Plan, the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and police
departments and media outlets across the country within minutes. A state
ID can also protect against the increasing problem of a child's
identity being stolen.
A BMV-issued state ID card costs only
$8.50 and is valid for up to four years. Parents of very young children
may want to renew photos annually. Once the state ID is obtained,
encouraged to sign up for the Next of Kin Registry. Two
emergency contacts can be added into the Next of Kin registry to be
used by law enforcement in the event a parent is ever separated from
If the individual is ever involved in an emergency
situation or otherwise unable to communicate, law enforcement will use
the Next of Kin information to notify these emergency contacts.
Additional information is available on the Ohio BMV web site: http://bmv.ohio.gov/idrkids.stm.
The web site also lists important information regarding what documents
parents or guardians must bring for themselves and their children to
prove their identity when applying for a state ID card.
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