Information for Drivers


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Parents & Teens

Ohio's Graduated Driver License law (GDL) mandates that a young driver receives a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction in driver training.

Students may choose to take the 24 hours of education through an online program, but must complete behind-the-wheel training at a traditional driving school. Students also must complete at least 50 hours of in-car practice (10 of these at night) with a parent or legal guardian.

For suggested driving lessons and other tips, download our Teaching Your Teen to Drive pamphlet.

Click HERE to learn more about graduated driver licensing from the Ohio BMV.

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Resources

Your Move Ohio
Click below for tips to be safe when you walk, bike, bus or drive.

Give 3 Feet

Did you know? Drivers are required to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing.

Online Programs

All potential online driver education providers go through an extensive review process that includes a review of security measurements, written content and curriculum and actual student experience within the online program to ensure minimum standards are met. Once a program achieves an acceptable rating in all areas of the review process, it is licensed as an Online Driver Education Program in Ohio.

Click HERE to search for an Ohio-approved online provider.

Juvenile Driver Improvement Programs

Juvenile Driver Improvement Program or Juvenile Remedial is a six-hour class course. The juvenile remedial course is required by the courts and Ohio BMV for those teens who have received a second or third traffic conviction. The course discusses the reasons for modifying unsafe driving decisions and behaviors that teens make as novice drivers.

Click HERE to search for an approved juvenile remedial provider in your area.

Advanced Juvenile Driver Improvement Programs

State law provides juvenile traffic offenders an opportunity to take a state-approved advanced juvenile driver improvement program (AJDIP) and petition the judge at the sentencing hearing with the certificate.

The AJDIP training provides an educational hands-on approach to performing emergency maneuvers due to inclement weather and crash avoidance for those not-so-ideal traffic situations.

Click HERE to search for an approved AJDIP provider in your area.

Adult Drivers
Abbreviated Adult Programs

Starting July 1, 2017, adults age 18 years and older who have never held a driver license and who fail their first attempt at the maneuverability and/or road test are required to take an Abbreviated Adult Training Course. The course will consist of one of the following:

  • 4 hours of classroom and 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver, 21 years and older; or
  • 4 hours of online and 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver, 21 years and older; or
  • 4 hours of classroom and 4 hours with a licensed instructor; or
  • 4 hours of online and 4 hours with a licensed instructor.

Applicants who choose the option for 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older cannot complete more than four hours of driving in one day.

Click HERE to download Abbreviated Adult Program reference card.

Click HERE to search for an approved abbreviated adult course provider in your area.

For more information from the Ohio BMV, please click HERE.

Mature Driver Programs

Mature driver courses are designed to update older drivers on new laws and practices in the ever-changing driving environment. Courses include classroom and driving sessions with a certified driving school. A certificate issued at the completion of the program will allow a driver, at least 60 years of age and older, to receive a discount on their insurance (rate of discount determined by the insurance company).

Click HERE to search for an approved mature driver course provider in your area.

CDL Driver Programs

Commercial Driver's Licensing (CDL) programs train drivers who are interested in the commercial trucking industry. The programs include training in Class A and Class B vehicles.

  • Class A courses consist of at least 80 hours combining classroom, range, and road training.
  • Class B courses consist of at least 40 hours combining classroom, range, and road training.

Courses include classroom and driving sessions with a certified driving school.

Click HERE to search for an approved CDL driver course provider in your area.

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