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Weekly Updates

January 19, 2021

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM PROVIDERS

We would like to remind those schools who are offering virtual classroom that your virtual classroom sessions must be held in a professional environment. In general this should be a place of business, office, or classroom setting that is conducive to learning.

VDA UPDATE

We have received many phone calls and emails regarding the VDA systems and their status. Included with this update are fact sheets regarding the systems, with more information to follow in the coming weeks. Please see the sheets here.

SENATE BILL 68

There is currently a proposed bill in the Ohio Senate that contains legislation that will affect driving schools and students. There is a proposal in the bill that will allow any student 18 years or older who has taken a teen driving course within the last year to waive the requirement for Abbreviated Adult training if they fail their driving test. This legislation proposal was a result of one of the Town Hall Meetings our office held on July 28, 2020.

Additionally, there is a proposal in the rule that will affect CDL training candidates. The legislation has a proposed increase in fees as well as a proposal to allow for a four or eight year renewal of a CDL license. Please keep in mind the information in the bill is still only proposed legislation, and as more information emerges we will continue to update you.


Finally, as a reminder our Program Administrator, Stacey Thompson, is still on maternity leave. If you need assistance please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov or if you are a remedial only school please email your renewal information directly to Valerie Wald at vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for helping to make Ohio's roadways safer.


January 14, 2021

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATION SKILLS TESTING RESUMES

Please see the latest information regarding BMV driver examination testing:

To schedule your driving skills test, please call 877-439-8378 or schedule via the Live Chat feature. Please be advised BMV anticipates heavy call volume for scheduling and appreciates your patience.

ALL DX locations still offer the maneuverability test, with only some of those locations offering both maneuverability and the modified in-car testing. Please be advised that the person taking the skills test must be accompanied by an adult licensed driver in the passenger seat for the entirety of the skills test, but that no additional passengers may be in the vehicle during the test.


January 11, 2021

Good morning everyone!

The office has nothing to report for the week.

As a reminder our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson is still on maternity leave. If you need assistance please contact the Driver Training Program office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. If you are a remedial only school who has not completed your renewal, please email all documents to Valerie Wald vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


January 4, 2021

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year!

Our office wants to thank everyone for all the hard work and dedication you have put into making Ohio's roadways safer in the last year. We know this was a trying time for everyone and we hope the new year bring everyone good fortune and health.

All Schools
If your renewal was not completed before the end of the year, but was started. You will need to continue sending in your renewal documents before July 1, 2021. However, the renewal document upload is no longer open. Please email all documents directly to your designated renewal person.


December 28, 2020

Good morning everyone! We hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday. Just a few quick updates for the week.

This is your final reminder: you must select Renew and choose how you are paying your fees before December 31, 2020. While your documents are not due until July 1, 2021 under the extensions provided by HB 404, our system does require this step. If you do not complete this step, your school will become inactive starting January 1, 2021. If you have any questions please contact us and let us know.

CDL Schools
A new Basic Instructor Course has been posted on our website for January 20, 2021. This course is still limited to only 8 registrations (2 from each school) and will be located at the ODOT facility, not the building directly next to the ODPS building. Please make sure you check the address before sending your perspective instructors. For registration please see our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training.

Reminder
Our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson is now on maternity leave. For any questions please contact drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Remedial Only Schools your renewals are now being handled by Valerie Wald. Please email any outstanding documents to vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

Lastly, the office will be closed in observance of the holiday on Friday January 1, 2021. As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways a safer place, and have a wonderful holiday!


December 21, 2020

Good morning everyone!

Renewal Update: For those schools, who have not completed their renewals, HB 404 is providing you with an extension. Please check the Bulletin Board for more information on the extension. There is one step that is needed though and must be completed no later than December 31.

Click Renew in DETS by December 31!! This is required because the system will not recognize a license in 2021 if renew is not selected.

Renewal after December 31, 2020: Those who do not pay or upload documents by December 31, 2020, your renewal will change. All documents will be mailed in. Payments are only available by sending in a check or money order

On another note, our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson will be going out on maternity leave later in the month. Once she has left the office we will post an update. She will be unavailable for a while, so if you have any problems or questions please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. All remedial only schools Stacey is currently handling your renewals. If you have not completed by the time she goes out, please send your documents to Valerie Wald at vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

Lastly, an information sheet has been attached to this update regarding initial licensing and testing. The information contained on the sheet was gathered pre-COVID, but we wanted to let everyone know so they can use this information as a resource. The information can be found here.

Our office will be closed on December 25th in observance of the holiday. There may be limited availability on the 24th as well. As always if you have any questions please contact us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov and happy holidays to everyone!


December 14, 2020

Good morning all!

Class D Enterprises - textbook copyrights
Just a reminder to please make sure that your curriculum information is not out dated. Any supplemental curriculums and text books currently being used cannot be older than 10 years. Check the copyright dates. If they are 2010, as of the end of the year, the textbooks will be outdated.

All Enterprises - Renewals - IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
As a reminder, the document portion of your renewals have been extended until July 1, 2021. However, you must at least select to renew your enterprise no later than December 31, 2020 or your enterprise will become inactive on January 1, 2021. To click renew, visit your fees page and select 'Renew'. Follow the directions for the payment to complete this portion.

Class D, Abbreviated Adult, and CDL - Training Manager
f your school has a training manager on record that does not regularly teach at the enterprise, you must maintain an instructor file for them including current copies of all continuing educations, physicals, sexual harassment prevention course certificates, and a copy of their license. If a training manager comes in to your school to assist with assessments, but is not otherwise affiliated with the school, you do not need to have an instructor file.

Thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer, and as always if you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


December 7, 2020

Good morning all!

As a reminder, all instructors should be given a copy of their license to keep on them at all times. Additionally, our office recommends giving instructors a copy of their continuing education training certificates to keep on file as well. This should assist with your renewals, in case you were to lose the copies in your files.

Virtual Classroom Reminder: If you are hosting a virtual classroom session, keep in mind that schools are required to offer training from a professional location. Our office has been receiving calls regarding unprofessional and inappropriate things happening in the background. Keep in mind, while on camera, your students can see and hear what is happening in the instructor’s background. Let’s keep the teaching environment conducive to learning.

Rules Update: The office released a publication on changes to the proposed VDAs process earlier last week. Please check the bulletin board. The rules have not yet been filed. Once those are filed, additional information and opportunity will be published for all affected stakeholders.

Renewal Update: For those schools, who have not completed their renewals, HB 404 is providing you with an extension. Please check the Bulletin Board for more information on the extension. There is one step that is needed though and must be completed no later than December 31.

Click Renew in DETS by December 31!! This is required because the system will not recognize a license in 2021 if renew is not selected.

Renewal after December 31, 2020: Those who do not pay or upload documents by December 31, 2020, your renewal will change. All documents will be mailed in. Payments are only available by sending in a check or money order

On another note, our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson will be going out on maternity leave later in the month. Once she has left the office we will post an update. She will be unavailable for a while, so if you have any problems or questions please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. All remedial only schools Stacey is currently handling your renewals. If you have not completed by the time she goes out, please send your documents to Valerie Wald at vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for helping to make Ohio's roadways safer!


November 30, 2020

Good afternoon everyone!

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!

Just a few quick reminders this week.

  • We would like to remind everyone who is in the process of or may be moving a location or adding a location that your classrooms must be set up and ready for use when the field staff are scheduled to do their inspections. If your classroom location is not ready for inspection the field staff may need to reschedule for a later date.
  • Our office, and especially the field staff, would like to thank all of you for continuing to use appropriate PPE during vehicle inspections, program reviews, and new location inspections.
  • As a reminder, information was posted on the bulletin board as well as our public facing website on Tuesday regarding new extensions under House Bill 404, which was passed and signed by Gov. DeWine on Monday November 23, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the extensions please contact our office.

COVID Update:

  • Contracts for the students and schools are extended under HB 404 as well. Please continue to have regular discussions with your local and/or county health departments to find out the restrictions for providing classroom and behind-the-wheel training, whichever are applicable to your operations.
  • Permits for Class D operators have been extended under HB 404. If your students have expired permits, they may continue to drive on them legally. Be advised, all other requirements for permit holders remain in place (e.g. driving with a licensed driver or parent).
  • We are still trying to confirm permit extensions for CDL permit holders. Those with full CDLs have been extended until December 31, 2020. We will advise if the FMCSA makes any additional extensions as they decide.

As always, thank you for helping to make Ohio's roadways safer! If you have any questions please contact us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


November 23, 2020

Just a few announcements for this week's update.

Our office will be closed on Thursday November 26th in observance of the holiday. There will also be limited staffing the day before and the day after the holiday.

As a reminder, our office is still teleworking at this time. Our current preferred method of contact is email. Please be advised of delays in processing anything that has been sent by mail or fax for your renewal or for applications (both instructor and enterprise).

Class D, Abbreviated Adult, and CDL:

  • New assessment forms were posted on our website last week. These are the assessment forms that all schools should be using for new instructors, probationary instructors, and licensed instructors. As a reminder, all assessments must be a minimum of 2 hours or one classroom session. Beginning January 1, 2021 we will no longer accept assessments completed on the old form.

Schools Approved to Train Virtually:

  • For new instructor classroom training that is completed in a virtual environment, you must submit either rosters with instructor and some student signatures or rosters with the instructor signature and some other form of proof that students were in the virtual class. The proof of attendance for the instructor could be a screen shot of the instructor and students (one per roster is fine), or it could be a computer-generated list of the attendees in the virtual class, which should include the instructor’s name. Rosters that are submitted with a list of names and only the instructor’s signature will not be accepted.

Renewals:

  • For those schools making renewal payments through DETS’s payment portal, the recent payment will not reflect in DETS. This is an issue with DETS. The payment has gone through if you receive an email confirmation after you make the payment. Please send the email or receipt of payment confirmation to us to manually update the system. We will not be able to fully process the renewal if there is no proof of payment. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Continuing education for all programs except remedial must be completed every three years. As a reminder, all continuing educations must be pre-approved by our department if they are not held by our office. Additionally, you may complete the CPR/ADED course as continuing education, but it must still be pre-approved by our department and can only be used once as continuing education credit.
  • Continuing education for remedial. Remedial continuing education is due every five years or as required by the course provider. Proof shall of the continuing education is provided for this year's renewal.
  • As a reminder, you must submit to renew your school by December 1, 2020. If you do not submit to renew on or before this date, as of December 2, 2020 you will need to reapply as an original application to become an enterprise.

RE: Advertising for Instructors
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Driver Training Program Office has received several questions and complaints about the solicitation of licensed instructors. The Ohio Department of Public Safety does not regulate the recruitment of driving instructors. There are some considerations; however, an enterprise should be mindful of when soliciting potential employees.

  • A licensed instructor should not be interrupted while in the process of training a student.
  • A licensed instructor should not be approached while driving or doing any activity that required the instructor’s full attention.
  • Advertising for licensed instructors must comply with all provisions outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7-18.

Investigations into allegations of potential violations may result in administrative or criminal sanctions. If you have any questions, please contact the Driver Training Program Office at 614-466-3524.

As always thank you for all the work you do to keep our roadways safer. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


November 16, 2020

Good morning everyone!

This week's updates are all about program reviews. We are going to share a few updates as well as some commonly missed items during a program review.

All Schools:

  • As a reminder, any documents that were due during your program review (physicals, assessments, and continuing educations) are due to our office by December 1, 2020.

Class D, Disability, Abbreviated Adult, and CDL:

  • Make sure every instructor has their license on them, in a visible spot, while training in the classroom, on the range, or during behind-the-wheel instruction.

Important Permit Note*** If you provide behind-the-wheel training, we also want to remind everyone that they should be checking to ensure every student has a valid permit during every drive with an instructor. Make sure the student was not issued a state identification card instead of a permit. As of right now, a student's permit can be beyond the expiration date until December 1, 2020. After December 1, 2020 the student will need a valid permit to drive with an instructor.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


November 9, 2020

Good morning everyone!

Here are a few things we want to update everyone on regarding renewals:

  • If you pay electronically for your renewal with a credit card or electronic check please send us a copy of your receipt with your renewal. Our payment system is not capturing this information and it is showing that you still owe fees for the year.
  • If you are a remedial provider, all owners and authorizing officials are required to have a background check this year. The current checklist is incorrect for the remedial renewal, and you do not need to have an FBI background check. Only the BCI is required.
  • Any outstanding program review documents should be submitted with your renewal no later than December 1, 2020.
  • When obtaining driving abstracts for instructors, please try to ensure that their license is not currently expired. Under HB 197 we do allow for expired licenses until December 1, 2020. However, if we receive an abstract that shows an expired license, we will be reaching out to the school to let them know to track this and ensure that it has been renewed in a timely manner.
  • As a reminder, we are all still currently teleworking. This means if any documents are faxed or mailed to our office, there will be a delay in processing. If you can, please email your documents to your specified renewal person for a quicker turn around time.

We want to make you aware of a great resource for information on driver safety. The Ohio Traffic Safety Office puts out a periodic email on driver safety topics with great additional resources. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter please email TrafficSafety@info.dps.ohio.gov and ask to be added to the TrafficWise emails.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Thanks!


November 2, 2020

Good morning everyone,

This week's announcement will be all about upcoming rule changes as well as a testing update from the BMV. As you know, our office goes through a rule review every five years. This year is our rule review year for class d, disability, cdl, and online and some changes were made that affect schools and instructors. Our office held multiple town hall meetings to gather input from all 11 programs on what changes they would like to see happen regarding rules. Our office has taken these concerns into consideration and have included some changes in the current rules. Within the next week or so, we will be sending out the drafts of the rules for your review. We will be asking for feedback on the rules at that time. In the meantime, we would like to let you know about a few impactful changes:

  • Schools will continue to be able to offer virtual classroom instruction. This instruction is not online training, but the education occurs in real-time with an instructor overseeing and teaching to the student.
  • Students will now be able to contract with one brick and mortar school to provide classroom or virtual classroom instruction only and then may contract with another school for behind the wheel training. They will still have the option of contracting with the same school for classroom and behind the wheel.
  • Physicals for instructors will now be required every two years instead of annually.
  • A physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant will now be able to sign off on the physical form as long as they are acting within their scope of practice.
  • Probationary instructor license assessments are being reduced to either classroom or behind the wheel, preferably the one the instructor has been teaching the most in their five months.
  • The virtual driving assessment, or VDA, will now be required for every student who is completing the eight hour in car instruction.
  • A change in the rule regarding time outs for teen online courses has been made. Instead of a student only being allowed 4 hours of instruction in a 24 hour period, it will now be changed to 4 hours of instruction within the same calendar day.
  • Rules are being put into effect addressing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) law.
  • The definition of a range and the requirements for a range location are being incorporated into the place of business rule.
  • CDL schools are being expanded to include passenger and school bus only programs.
  • CDL schools will now be provided with a curriculum guideline for each type of regulated program.
  • CDL instructor licenses will now have a Restricted Range Only option.

Finally, there was originally a proposal to split licenses on the school level. We took several provider opinions on this matter and have now retracted this proposal. We will continue working with providers on a concept that presents a holistic package to split all licenses within the next year.

As of next Monday, customers who schedule for a test online will see this BMV Testing Update information.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Thank you!

Program Announcements

November 25, 2020

"Late on Monday, November 23, 2020, the Governor signed HB 404 into law. The law extends deadlines and license requirements until July 1, 2021.

Annual license requirements
The house bill provides for extensions of deadlines for requirements that expired on or after March 9, 2020 through April 1, 2021. Under the new law, the requirements and would be completed no later than July 1, 2021. This pertains to the annual requirements needed to renew or maintain a license such as the annual physical, driving abstracts, background checks (if applicable), continuing education requirements, and assessments. An instructor or school license will not be considered in violation for those requirements that expired on and after March 9th through April 1, 2021. Be advised that these items are still required, however, the time in which they need to be completed is extended until July 1, 2021.

2021 License and Certification Renewals
The new law affects the current renewal season for 2021. Those who have successfully completed their renewals will receive their licenses for 2021. Those who have not completed will have to complete the renewals no later than July 1, 2021. 2021 licenses and certificates to operate will not be sent out without a completed renewal. Schools and instructors may choose to continue to renew prior to the new deadline. Our office will continue to review and renew the licenses and certifications as they are submitted.

Licenses to teach and/or train
Instructors will have to maintain their license on them at all times they are teaching. If they have not received the 2021 renewed license, the 2020 license will remain in effect until July 1, 2021. In this case, the 2020 license will need to remain on the instructor during times of teaching and/or training.

Initial Instructor Training and Applications
These time extensions do not apply to an initial or first time applications. Please contact our office with any concerns with upcoming background check or driving abstract expirations.

Probationary Instructor Licenses
Probationary instructors will receive the extension also. If the school choses to complete the assessments and get an instructor licensed prior to the extended deadline of July 1, 2021, they may do so. The probationary instructor shall serve at least 180 days on probation before being passed.

Ohio BMV Extensions
The Ohio BMV posted the following announcement today to their website at bmv.ohio.gov. "Due to the ongoing pandemic, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed Ohio House Bill 404, which extends the expiration date of driver licenses (DL), identification cards (ID), and vehicle registrations beyond December 1, 2020. Now, if a customer's expiration date on their DL, ID, or vehicle registration is March 9, 2020, to April 1, 2021, the expiration date has been automatically extended and will remain valid until July 1, 2021."

For additional related topics and questions pertaining to the BMV, please contact them directly."


August 20, 2020

The Ohio Department of Transportation is piloting the use of Flashing Yellow Arrows. ODOT has provided the below You Tube link and attached reference guide regarding the use of these arrows. If you have any questions, please contact our office.


March 30, 2020

To assist in prevention of spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio's Department of Health Director issued an order advising most businesses to close their doors but those considered essential. The department has advised each driving school to determine their own course of action in response to these orders.

Some of the CDL schools have closed their doors in response and some have not. If you are a state licensed CDL driver training instructor, who is currently unemployed due to a closure of your driving school, there is potential opportunity to work temporarily with another CDL school in the interim. Please contact our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

If you are an employer who is in need of state licensed CDL driver training instructors, please contact our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

During this unprecedented time, we encourage the driving school communities to connect with each other and discuss potential opportunities to continue serving Ohioans.


March 13, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order declaring an emergency for the state in response to the evolving situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Be advised that there will be disruptions in service from our office during this time of emergency. E-mail communication is the best method for contacting our office. Responses to phone calls and faxed or mailed items will be delayed. Applications will have extended response times. If you have an immediate request, please contact us through the drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov email.

Our staff is dedicated to continuing to provide support during this extenuating time. We appreciate your patience.


March 18, 2020

Dear driving school owners and operators,

I want to send my gratitude to all of you for your patience during this unprecedented time. We have relayed all of your concerns to the decision makers and will update you as the information is provided to us.

Currently, the Ohio Department of Public Safety is not mandating driving schools to close. If the Governor mandates this, we will advise you. For now, we are continuing to operate and should a driving school decide to continue operations, follow the provided national and state guidelines:

  1. Group gatherings of no more than 10 people;
  2. Practice social distancing. Recommended 6 feet of space between people;
  3. Sanitize frequently and often, this includes the classrooms and vehicles. The virus can sustain on hard surfaces for up to 6 or more hours. Use Lysol and if using hand sanitizer, use a brand with 65% alcohol base.
  4. If any student and/or instructor feels ill, cancel the lesson. You may elect to create a policy addressing this.

Accommodations

Class D and abbreviated adult schools: Driver Training schools may utilize online classroom instruction through the Department of Public Safety approved online providers.

Adult Remedial: The department approved 3 online providers for those adults needing to take a defensive driving course but reside out of the state. This online option will be available for all Ohioans. The providers are: the National Safety Council, AAA Defensive Driving, and idrivesafely.com.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) schools: The use of technology for the classroom is an option during this time. The schools, choosing to use technology for the classroom, shall demonstrate how the training program will meet the following criteria before using it:

  • The minimum of 40 hours of content is delivered to the student;
  • The curriculum requirements, set forth in OAC 4501-7-28, is covered in its entirety;
  • Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, power point presentation, quizzes, etc.);
  • Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  • Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  • The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor;
  • The required hours of video media is provided;
  • Attendance is documented as required in the rule.

Please send all proposals to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. The proposal shall provide clear description on how you will meet the above criteria. We will review the proposal and advise.

Virtual Classrooms: We are currently researching all proposed methods for providing a virtual classroom. We will advise which types are approved and the methods used to address the 8 criteria we established in a previous announcement. Be advised that we need to be aware of those using this type of technology and the use of such needs to be approved. The approval is a temporary solution during this time.

Regulations: All schools, instructors, and managers are expected to abide by all rules pertaining to training and eligibility. It is expected that all students will receive the hours they are required by rule, law, and agreement to have. Breaks and lunches do not count towards the required training times.

Exam Stations and Driver Testing: The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has suspended all driver testing, including motorcycle testing and state provided CDL testing. Be advised that the third-party testers are privately owned and operated and will determine whether or not they continue to provide such services.

We appreciate all of your efforts in preventing the spread of the virus. It is our intention to minimize impact upon the quality of education and businesses during this time.

Thank you!

Valerie A. Wald – State Administrator of Driver Education & Training
Ohio Department of Public Safety, 1970 West Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43223
P:(614)466-3524 F: (614)466-4993 E-mail: drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov


March 16, 2020

Active Duty Military and/or Spouse of Applications

Effective April 26, 2020, changes allowing active military personnel and their spouses to obtain a temporary professional licensure from another state provided they had the same or similar licensure in another state. The act allows an agency to review and expedite the application provided the applicant provides appropriate evidence to support the provision. In addition, the act provides for an applicant licensed under this provision may request an extension on continuing education requirements should their service prevent them from obtaining it within the required timeline.

To address these provisions for an active military applicant, Driver Training is setting forth the following changes:

Initial Application:

  • Application shall come in paper form with a cover letter stating the applicant is active military or the spouse of an active military member. This application may be faxed or emailed.
  • No fee shall be charged for an active military or spouse of application
  • The application shall include:
    • Official proof of active military status;
    • If spouse, proof of marriage;
    • Proof of valid occupational license or certification to operate as an instructor from another state or jurisdiction;
    • Letter from the other state or jurisdiction - shall include the oversight agency, address, contact information, and title of administrator;
    • background check(s), as defined in applicable rule; and
    • photo for license.

No additional proof of training is required other than the original license and/or certification and letter of good standing.

A temporary license shall be issued.

Renewal Application

Those instructors licensed under this provision are subject to renewals. The renewals will consist of the following:

  • Provide proof of current occupational license from other state or jurisdiction. The instructor shall keep the original license or certification current and in good standing with the other state or jurisdiction.
  • Certification statement (will be provided by Driver Training and separate from the regular certification statement used for instructors and managers)
  • No fee will be charged for the renewal

Applications of this nature will be expedited and thoroughly reviewed.

Continuing Education

Continuing education for the licensed driver training programs is one course every three years. Instructors, who identified as current active military, may request an extension for the continuing education requirement if during the licensing period they were serving on active duty. The continuing education requirement may be extended for the period of time the licensee was serving as active duty. Pursuant to section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the licensee shall provide valid and official documentation of active duty prior to an extension being provided.

Limitations

  • The temporary license issued shall be valid for 6 years. However, this does not exempt the licensee from the renewal requirements. They will need to comply with the renewal requirements and provide proof of a valid license from the other jurisdiction or they successfully renewed in the other jurisdiction. Or the licensee may be issued a permanent license upon request.
  • The temporary license shall be limited to the scope and practice from the other jurisdiction (i.e. behind-the-wheel only will receive a behind-the-wheel only license).
  • If the license expires or is revoked in the other jurisdiction, they become ineligible to maintain the licensure in Ohio.
  • If the licensee is disqualified for a criminal offenses, their license in Ohio is disqualified.
  • If the licensee divorces the active military personnel, they are no longer eligible to maintain a temporary license to operate. This should occur within six months of the final disposition of the divorce, dissolution or annulment.
For further questions or concerns, please contact the Driver Training Program Office at (614) 466-3524.

March 11, 2020

Dear driving school owners and operators,

Late Monday afternoon, Governor DeWine released directives to all state agencies regarding efforts in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The directives included urging agencies to postpone large gatherings, restricting out-of-state and in-state travel, and taking other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In response, we are postponing the CDL Basic Instructor Course and the New School Orientation. We are investigating other avenues to provide the mission critical courses to prevent disruption with your businesses. More information on this will be forthcoming.

The Driver Training Program Office field staff will still perform their duties with the program reviews, answering inquiries, and visiting sites for new locations and vehicles. However, the field staff will not be able to participate in providing continuing education workshops. The Driver Training Program Office staff will still be available for normal daily business operations. Be advised we will be available to assist with your concerns and provide the same support for business continuity.

All that said, we understand that your business operates in educational gatherings. We are not providing a directive for you to close your operations. We encourage you to use discretion and make decisions that are appropriate for your business. We will not make any recommendations on how to operate during this time, but understand concerns will arise. For the concerns we have already received, we are providing guidance below. Be advised these conditions are only during the periods effected by the directives and will not continue beyond.

Probationary Instructors
If you have an instructor on probation and they are unable to work, their probationary time can be suspended, meaning from the time they are not able to work their 180 day probationary time will freeze and start upon their return to work. Example: If they left at 60 days and returned one month later, their probationary time will pick back up at 61 days. This needs to be clearly documented in your files and communicated with our office for the time to be suspended or frozen.

Training Contract Deadlines
During this effected time, consideration for extending contracts will be given should the situation call for it. If you are unable to provide training due to the concerns with COVID-19 (e.g. students cancel, classes are postponed, etc.), contracts may be extended for the length of the affected time period. Example: Classes are postponed for 30 days; therefore, the contracts are extended for 30 days. Document each case in the students' files.

This is effective immediately and is currently in effect through April 30th, at which time we will evaluate the conditions and provide guidance. If anything changes in the interim, we will communicate these changes with you. Please feel free to reach out to our office with any concerns, questions, or comments.


March 11, 2020

The free video resources you were able to download from our website are currently unavailable. Driver Training is working with the Visual Communications department at Public Safety to make these available once again. Visual Communications would like a list of videos that were actually used/downloaded. If you have downloaded and used any free videos from our website in the past, please send us a list of those videos via an e-mail to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.

Rules

You are invited to offer public comment as outlined in this notice regarding Ohio State Highway Patrol Administrative Rule Chapter 4501-7 dealing with Commercial Driver Training Schools.

You are receiving this message pursuant to the requirements of Section 107.54 of the Revised Code, which require state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community and provide opportunity for interested parties to submit feedback regarding proposed rules.

Proposed amended/new rules are attached here.

The following rules are proposed with no changes at this time: 4501-7-07,

The following rules are proposed to be rescinded in their entirety: 4501-7-22, 4501-7-23, 4501-7-24, 4501-7-25, 4501-7-26, 4501-7-27, 4501-7-30, 4501-7-32, 450-7-33, 4501-7-34, 4501-7-35, 4501-7-36, and 4501-7-37.M

All interested parties are invited to offer public comment at rules@dps.ohio.gov regarding the proposed filings. Public comments may be submitted through 11:59 p.m. on November 19, 2020.

Following the comment period, the Department will be completing a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to be filed with the Ohio Common Sense Initiative Office for review. The BIA will also be filed with stakeholders at that time for comment.

 

General Information

Our office has recently become aware of a great resource from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On their website is a crash statistic generator (OSTATS) that can really narrow down certain statistics by type of crash, day of the week, hour by hour, and within certain parts of the state. There is a comprehensive user guide that you can find HERE that nicely defines and outlines what you can and cannot do within the generator. Statistics are updated weekly so you can go in and get the most up-to-date information available for your area. There is also a helpline for those who need assistance or who are looking for information not contained in the generator. Happy researching!


CDL Update: Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) – Beginning February 7, 2022, a new federal law goes into effect requiring mandatory training. Individuals who apply for a first-time CDL, a CDL upgrade, or endorsement are required to attend training with an entity that is on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR). (FMCSA-2007-27748 and FMCSA-2017-0371) The required training is for a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, upgrade from Class B CDL to Class A CDL, Passenger endorsement, School Bus endorsement and Hazardous Materials endorsement. For more information about the ELDT, visit fmcsa.dot.gov.

Training Announcements

Non at this time.

Town Hall Meetings

The purpose of town hall meetings is for the department to receive input on current Ohio rules, processes, and procedures related to every driver training program. The meetings provides schools the opportunity to provide feedback to get a better understanding of the impact of certain processes and requirements within the rules.