Are you ready to drive in the Buckeye State? In this guide, we’ll take you through every requirement you need to know and the steps you need to take to get your driver’s license in Ohio!
These are the 5 steps you need to complete:
Depending on your age, you may skip some steps.
In Ohio, everyone regardless of age is required to start with a temporary instruction permit if they fall under one of the following categories:
You must take and pass a written test consisting of 40 questions, of which you must answer 30 correctly to pass. You will be tested on Ohio traffic laws, road signs and other things pertaining to driving.
After having passed the required tests and received your permit, you must have a licensed adult over 21 in the seat beside you at all times when driving.
If you would like to know more about this part of the licensing process, we recommend that you read our in-depth Ohio permit guide.
If you are over 18, you do not have a minimum time to practice with your TIPIC before you can apply for your road test. However, if you fail the test, you will be required to wait a week before you can retest, and you will be required to take the Abbreviated Adult Driver Training Course. Make sure you are confident with your driving ability before moving to the next stage.
If you are under 18, you must complete the following requirements before you qualify to take the test:
The best way to pass your driving test is to master all the Ohio laws and driving mandates. Our learning program is designed to help you learn and retain all the information you need to ace your exams AND become a safe driver.
When you are ready to schedule your skills test, you will need to provide the following:
The first part of the test is the driving portion. You will be asked to perform common driving maneuvers like backing up, starting and stopping, and maintaining a safe following distance.
The second part is the maneuverability test. You can find the full maneuverability test on their official website, along with goals and penalties.
You can read our full Ohio driving test guide here.
If you are over 18, you can skip to the next step.
If you are under 18, you will be required to start with a probationary driver’s license.
An Ohio probationary driver’s license will give you a lot of freedom, but there are still certain restrictions associated with it.
You may not operate a vehicle from midnight – 6 a.m. unless:
After six months, the driving restriction time changes to 1 am to 5 am, with the same exceptions still applying.
A conviction of a traffic offense within the first six months of having a license may result in a parent or guardian having to accompany you for six months or until you reach age 17.
If you are caught with alcohol in your system, your license will be suspended for a minimum of six months.
Once you are 18 or older, you can finally apply for your full Ohio driver’s license!
After paying the Ohio driver’s license fee, your new license will take about 10 days to arrive in the mail.
There you have it! Those are all the steps towards getting your driver’s license in Ohio. Be sure to reference this guide as well as using our practice tests to get your license without a hassle.
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