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Frequently Asked Questions - Ohio Teen Driver

When applying for a Temporary Instruction Permit Card or Driver License, applicants must provide two identification documents and proof of Ohio residency by submitting the following documents:

Primary Documents (Must include full legal name and date of birth)
• Original or certified copy of birth certificate with seal issued by a government agency with gender information. Puerto Rico birth certificates will only be accepted if issued on or after July 1, 2010.
• Certified copy of court order containing full name and date of birth
• Valid concealed weapons permit with photo
• Driver’s license issued by any state, possession or territory of the United States with photograph (current or expired for not more than six months)
• Valid U.S. military service document or dependent identification with photo
• Valid Offender Release Card issued by the Ohio Department or Rehabilitation and Correction of the Department of Youth services with name, date of birth, photo and Social Security number
• Identification card issued by any state, possession or territory of the United States with photo (current or expired for not more than six months)
• Learner’s permit issued by any state, possession or territory of the United States with photo (current or expired for not more than six months)
• Valid original documents issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
• Valid United States passport or U.S. Passport Card with photo or foreign passport with photo and appropriate USCIS documents
• Any other document approved by the BMV Registrar

Secondary Documents (Must include Social Security number if not listed on Primary Document)
• Bureau of American Indian Affairs Card or American Indian Treaty Card (Tribal identification card is not acceptable)
• Certified copy of court order with or without date of birth
• Credit card
• Department of Human Services Card with or without photo
• Employer Identification Card with photo
• Foreign birth certificated accompanied by an approved translation if not in English
• Gun permit with photo
• Current valid health insurance card
• Internal Revenue Service or state tax form issued by government agency with the last three years (W-2 forms are not acceptable)
• Marriage license or marriage certificate
• Medical records issued by a hospital or doctor
• Valid military dependent identification with photo
• Military discharge papers
• Title for motor vehicle without vehicle registration
• Pilot’s license
• Public Assistance Card issued by government agency
• Certified copy of school records or transcripts
• Official Social Security card of number identification printout issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA)
• Student identification card with photo issued by a recognized school or university
• Voter registration card
• Any other document approved by the BMV Registrar

United States Legal Presence Documents
• Original or certified copy of birth certificate with seal issued by a government agency. Puerto Rico birth certificates will only be accepted if issued on or after July 1, 2010.
• Valid United States passport or U.S. Passport Card with photo or foreign passport with photo and appropriate USCIS documents
• Naturalization document issued by the U.S.
• Valid original documents issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)

Proof of Residency (Must include Ohio residential street address)
• Valid and current life insurance policy, automobile liability policy or premises liability policy
• Checking or savings account statement from a bank dated within the last 60 days (can include an on-line statement)
• Check stub for child support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with name and address of applicant
• State or federal Income tax return with proof of filing (not more than 18 months old)
• Certified copy of court order of probation, parole order or mandatory release order
• School records proving relationship of the parent or legal guardian to the child applicant
• Certified statement of residency from the child’s parent or legal guardian (must be signed in the presence of a BMV official)
• Installment loan contract issued by a bank or other financial institution
• Statement or bill from a major credit card with Ohio street address
• Mortgage account or proof of home ownership
• Ohio Certificate of Title
• Ohio mail-in renewal notice
• Valid Ohio voter registration card
• Paycheck stub issued within the last six months
• Professional License issued by Ohio government agency
• Property tax bill or payment receipt
• Ohio hunting or fishing license valid for the current or previous year
• Sales tax or business license with Ohio street address
• Selective Service Registration Acknowledgement Card
• Certification of Residency from a homeless shelter or nursing home
• Utility bill from water, electric, telephone, sewer, cable, satellite, heating oil or propane service provided issued within the last 60 days
• Valid concealed weapons carry permit
• Public assistance food stamp card, check stub or letter on government letterhead issued by a government public assistance agency issued within the last 12 months
• Document from the Social Security Administration with Ohio street address
• Letter from the Transportation Security Administration
• Any other document approved by the BMV Registrar

There are no specific restrictions for new drivers, however several cities have banned text messaging for all drivers. These include:

• Belpre
• Berea
• Columbus
• Dublin
• Toledo
• Wauseon
• Zanesville

As of November 2011, there is legislation currently pending in the Ohio Senate to ban text messaging for all drivers in Ohio.

When applying for an instruction permit or driver’s license, you must do the following:

• Fill out the application, which contains a number of questions about your physical health, and any medical conditions you may have. If necessary, the examiner will provide you with a medical packet and your doctor must fill out Form BMV 2058.

• If you are under 18, the application must be co-signed by your parent or legal guardian. The co-signer must present two forms of acceptable document verifying identification.

• You must pay the appropriate permit or license fees:

1. Temporary Permit Packet—$22.00
2. First license age 16—$24.25
3. First license age 17—$23.00
4. First license age 18—$21.75
5. First license age 19—$20.50
6. First license age 20—$19.25
7. First license age 21 or older—$23.00

• Submit a Certificate of Completion from an approved driver’s education course if you are under 18.

All questions must be answered truthfully and completely. Making a false statement on the application is grounds for criminal prosecution and revocation of your license.

All applicants under 18 years of age must complete an approved driver’s education course through a high school, commercial driver training school or driver education course conducted by the military before applying for an Ohio driver’s license. The minimum requirements include the following:

• 24 hours of classroom instruction
• 8 hours of driving with a certified instructor
• 50 hours of general driving with a licensed adult, with at least 10 hours of nighttime driving

Drivers under 18 who hold a valid license from another state must present a Driver Education Certificate indicating the number of hours of classroom instruction and the number of hour of behind-the-wheel training.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has the following requirements when applying for a Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card:

• You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old.
• You must be able to pass a written knowledge test and vision test.
• Your parent or legal guardian must co-sign the temporary permit application if you are under 18.
• You must pay the permit fee of $22.

The Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card is valid for one year from the date issued.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety recommends that parents and teen drivers establish a driving agreement that includes some of the following:

• The teen driver should promise to:

1. Always wear a seat belt and require all passengers to wear a set belt
2. To obey the traffic laws
3. To drive at safe speeds for the current road conditions
4. To be a courteous driver

• The parent(s) should promise to:

1. Provide and maintain a safe vehicle
2. Pay for driver training classes and material
3. To be available for practice driving
4. To coach the teen in a calm and respectful manner

Both the parents and teen should agree to never drive or supervise practice driving while under the influence of drugs of alcohol.

Before applying for a learner’s permit, you should study the Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws, which covers the following topics:

• Chapter 1—Driver Licensing & Vehicle Registration (In-State)
• Chapter 2—Driver Licensing & Vehicle Registration (New Residents)
• Chapter 3—Commercial Driver Licensing
• Chapter 4—Motorcycle & Motorized Bicycle Regulations
• Chapter 5—Vehicle Equipment Regulations
• Chapter 6—Traffic Laws
• Chapter 7—Signs, Signals & Pavement Markings
• Chapter 8—Traffic Crash Reporting Requirements
• Chapter 9—Special Conditions
• Chapter 10—Bicycles
• Chapter 11—Pedestrians
• Chapter 12—Litter Laws

The Digest can be obtained at any Deputy Registrar Office or found on-line at the Ohio Department of Public Safety website.

To obtain a Probationary Driver License, applicants must meet the following requirements:

• You must be at least 16 years old.
• You must have completed 50 hours of driving with your parent or guardian, with 10 hours done at night.
• You must have held a temporary permit for at least six months.
• You must have completed 24 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
• You must successfully pass the driving and maneuverability tests.

Your probationary license is valid until you turn 18, at which time the license will become a full driver license.

The State of Ohio has the following restrictions:

Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (Under Age 18)
• You may not drive between 12 midnight and 6 am unless you are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or legal custodian who has a valid license.

Probationary Driver License (Under Age 17)
• You are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with more than one passenger who is not a member of your family unless accompanied by your parent, guardian or legal custodian.

• You may not drive between 12 midnight and 6 am unless you are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or legal custodian who has a valid license.

• If you are convicted of a moving violation during the first six months of having your license, you may be required to be accompanied by your parent or guardian when operating a motor vehicle during the six-month period starting from your conviction date or until you turn 17.

Probationary Driver License (Between 17 and 18 Years Old)
• You are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle between 1 am and 5 am unless accompanied by your parent or guardian unless you are driving:

1. In an emergency situation
2. To or from your place of employment (must have written documentation from your employer)
3. To or from a school activity

In addition to the above, all drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt at all times.

The State of Ohio requires drivers to pass the following tests:

Written Knowledge Test
• The written knowledge test consists of multiple-choice questions about Ohio traffic laws, safe driving practices and road signs. You must correctly answer 15 out of 20 motor vehicle questions and 15 out of 20 road signs questions to pass the test.

Vision Examination
• You must be able to pass the vision examination with a visual acuity of 20/40 in both eyes together with or without the use of corrective lenses. If your vision is less than 20/40 but not worse than 20/70, you will be restricted to driving during daylight hours only. You must have a visual field of 70 degrees on both sides of the fixation point. If your visual field is 70 degrees on one side and 34 degrees on the other side of fixation, you will be restricted to driving a vehicle with an outside mirror mounted on the side of the more limited visual field.

Driving Test
• During the driving test, the examiner will rate you on how well your perform the following tasks:

1. Stopping and starting the vehicle
2. Backing the vehicle up
3. Making proper turns
4. Driving in the proper lane
5. Maintaining a safe following distance

You must have a score of at least 75 points in order to pass the test. The examiner will also administer a maneuverability test and you must receive a score of 75 points in order to pass the test.