This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Ohio
A) Ensure You’re Eligible to Apply for a Driver’s License
Teens working their way through the GDL program must hold their Ohio Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card for 6 months before taking the road test. You must also have completed driver’s education and your required practice hours.
If you are 18 or older and not in the state’s GDL program, you can take your road test once you feel you have spent enough time developing your road skills. First, you must make a road test appointment.
B) Make a Road Test Appointment
You must contact the Ohio Driver License Examination Station to schedule a road test. No appointment, no road test.
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C) Gather Required Documents and Ohio License Fees
When applying for your driver’s license, be prepared with the following:
- Temporary Instruction Permit Identification card (TIPIC)
- 50 Hour Affidavit (if applicable)
- Driver Education Certificate (if younger than 18 years of age)
- Proof of insurance for your road test vehicle*
*You must provide a road test vehicle. Before your road test begins, an examiner will inspect the vehicle to ensure it’s is in good condition.
D) Take the Road Test
With your required documents in hand, head to the Ohio Driver License Examination Station with a licensed driver. The road test has two parts: a driving test and a maneuverability test. Once you pass both, move on to the next step and get your license.
E) Get Your Ohio Driver's License
After passing both portions of the road test, head to your local deputy registrar’s office to receive your driver’s license. At this time, you must also surrender your TIPIC and pay your license fees.
Probationary Driver License
If you are younger than 18, you’ll receive a probationary driver’s license. Depending on your age, you must abide by the following restrictions:
under the age of 17
- You may not drive with more than one person who isn’t a family member, unless you are accompanied by your parent, guardian or legal custodian
- You may not drive between midnight and 6 a.m., unless you are accompanied by your parent, guardian or legal custodian
In the first 6 months of being licensed, if you are convicted of one moving violation you may be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while driving. This restriction could hold for the six-month period that starts the day you were convicted (or plead guilty) or until you turn 17 years old.
Older than 17 Years Old
You may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions include:
- An emergency situation
- Driving to or from a school activity
- Driving to or from work (as long as you can provide written documentation from your employer)
Your probationary license valid until you turn 18 years of age. After that, you can graduate to a full license and be free of the above restrictions.
If you are 18 or older, you’ll receive a full license, free of the above restrictions.