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How to Pass Your Ohio Driving Test on the First Attempt – A Complete Guide

How to Pass Your Ohio Driving Test on the First Attempt – A Complete Guide

by Zutobi · Updated Jan 19, 2021

Getting a driver’s license in Ohio is a huge privilege that also comes with lots of responsibility. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles allows teenagers as young as 15.5 years old to obtain their driver’s license.

Before you can take the Ohio driving test, you must first acquire a temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC).

Getting a Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC)

As soon as you turn fifteen years and six months old, you are eligible to apply for your Ohio learner’s permit. You will need to have a parent or legal guardian with you when you visit the BMV if you are under the age of 18.

When you arrive at the BMV, you will be prompted to take the knowledge and vision tests to start the learner’s license process. The permit test is 40 questions and you must obtain a score of 75% or higher to pass.

To expedite the process of getting your driver’s permit, you’ll want to actively study road rules and traffic signs beforehand so you can pass on your first try. Zutobi is a great tool for doing exactly this! Instead of spending countless hours studying a boring handbook, we provide users with a gamified experience, online practice tests, and a summarized manual allowing you to review the permit test in a fun, low-pressure environment.

What to Bring for Your Permit Application in Ohio

After passing the permit test, you will need to bring a few documents to verify identity and residence. You have 60 days from passing the test to visit a registrar license agency and purchase your temporary instruction permit card (TIPIC).

Be sure you have the following documents with you to avoid any problems at the BMV.

  • Proof of full legal name
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Proof of social security number
  • Proof of Ohio residency
  • Proof of US citizenship or legal presence

You can find the full list here.

Requirements Before Taking Your Ohio Driving Test

If you are under 18, there are a few extra steps you must take after receiving your permit before you can take your Ohio driving test.

Drivers over the age of 18 face fewer requirements, but are required to hold their TIPIC for six months while practicing for the driving exam. All permit holders should avoid accruing traffic violations for the duration of this probationary period. 

If You’re Under 18

  1. Visit the Ohio BMV to take your written knowledge test and vision test
  2. Complete a driver’s education course
  3. Complete 50 hours of driving (including at least 10 hours of night driving)
  4. Hold TIPIC for at least six months, or until you turn 18 (whichever comes first)
  5. Schedule a driving test online
  6. Take the driving test at your local Ohio BMV

If You’re Over 18

  1. Visit the BMV to take your written knowledge test and vision test
  2. Practice with a licensed driver on TIPIC for 6 months
  3. Schedule a driving test online
  4. Take the driving test at your local Ohio BMV

How to Schedule Your Ohio Driving Test

Once you’ve passed your permit test and received your TIPIC, it is time to schedule your driving test. Before you do so, be sure you have completed the necessary requirements for your age. You will want to wait to take the driving test when you are fully comfortable, as you only have 4 chances to pass.

Driver examination stations in Ohio offer driving tests by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment online or with the Ohio BMV live chat system. 

What to Bring

In order to take the Ohio road test, applicants will have to bring the following things with them (you can find the full list here):

●   A temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC)

●   A driver education certificate (if under 18 years old)

●   A vehicle in good condition

An inspection will be conducted on your vehicle before the start of your exam. Be sure these components of your vehicle are operating properly beforehand.

●   Properly inflated tires

●   Running headlights and taillights

●   Active, valid Ohio registration

●   Working horn

●   Working turn signal

●   Full functional car doors

●   No cracks or other obstructions on windshield

The Different Parts of the Ohio Road Test

The road test has two parts: driving and maneuverability. 

The Driving Portion

During the driving portion of the exam, you will be tested on your general driving skills. Your instructor will specifically be monitoring your performance doing the following:

●   Multi-point turns

●   Turning around and reversing

●   Staying in your lane

●   Maintaining safe following distance

The Maneuverability Portion

The maneuverability portion of the driving test comes in two parts: moving forward through markers and moving backward through markers. 

  1. For the first part, you will simply drive forward through a 9’ by 20’ box and your instructor will direct you to drive towards the left or right of the center marker. You should steer straight and stop when your bumper is parallel with the course.
  2. The second part of the maneuverability test will have you reversing from your stopped position, straight through the box back into its starting position. To pass this portion of the exam, you must also remove the vehicle from the test area without bumping any markers in order to receive a passing grade. 

What Happens if You Fail Your Ohio Driving Test?

If you happen to fail the driving test, you will have to wait seven days before performing a retest. If you pass one portion of the test and not the other (e.g. pass driving, fail maneuverability), you will only need to retake the portion that you failed. If you fail more than 4 consecutive times, you will be prompted to wait 6 months before retrying.

Ohio is one of the few states that splits the road test into driving and maneuverability tests, but they are both very simple to conquer as long as you have some practice.

Whether you are 18 or 38, getting a driver’s license in Ohio is relatively simple as long as you know what to expect.

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