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    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 years old 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)
    • Fifty Hour Affidavit (if applicable)
    • Driver Education Certificate (if younger than 18 years old)
    • Proof of insurance for your road test vehicle*
    • Driver license fee

    *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 2 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

    While on a probationary driver's license, depending on your age, you must abide by the following restrictions:

    During the first 12 months of holding a probationary Ohio driver's license, you may:

    After the first 12 months, if you're under 18 years old, you may:

    Full License

    If you are 18 years old or older, you'll receive a full license, free of the above restrictions.

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