In Ohio, the state BMV uses a Graduated Driver’s License program so that teens are able to gain knowledge and experience on the road over time before they earn unrestricted driving privileges. What does that mean and what is the process to get your drivers license in Ohio? In this article, I’ll be examining how to get your learners permit and probationary license.
The good news Ohio doesn’t prevent you from learning to drive with a lot of requirements early on, but there are a couple important ones. At 15 1/2 , you’ll go your local BMV Driver Exam Station to take a knowledge exam and vision test [Note: the knowledge exam means you’ll want to swing by the BMV at least a few weeks before and grab a Driver’s Manual so you can start studying].
Prior to the taking the knowledge and vision tests, you’ll be asked to provide proof of identity so be sure to bring your birth certificate or -passport and Social Security card. The knowledge exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions and you must score 75% or higher to pass. If you fail, you have to wait 24 to retake the exam again[ but there is no limit on retakes].
Once you pass the exam, you’ll be granted your learners permit and can begin practicing to drive.
You have to hold your permit for 6 months [and be at least 16] before you can take your road test.
You also have to complete:
- a 24 hour classroom or online drivers ed course.
- 8 hours of behind the wheel training with a licensed instructor.
- 50 hours of practice driving, with 10 hours at night.
If you’ve met all the above requirements, you can schedule a road test here.
Upon passing your road test, you’ll be granted your probationary driver’s license, which will have the following restrictions:
- May not operate a vehicle from midnight – 6 a.m. unless:
- Accompanied by a parent or guardian
- Driving to or from work with documentation from the employer
- Driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official
- May not operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
- 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 the driver for six months or until the driver reaches age 17.
If you find yourself at the start of your journey learning to drive, DriverSafetyCenter.com highly recommends DriversEd.com’s Online Ohio Drivers Ed Course. It’s easy to use and works on computers, tablets and phones. Informative and entertaining. Check it out!