Drivers Ed in Ohio
Completion of a Ohio Drivers Ed course is suggested and often required prior to obtaining your learner's permit, and ultimately receiving your Driver's License. Although not approved for the state of Ohio, I Drive Safely is a good course to prepare yourself for your state's licensing exam.
Receiving the proper driving education is a critical step for teenagers on the road to becoming a safe, cautious driver.
The state of Ohio requires you to complete a driver education course if you are under 18. The course can be taken either through your high school program (if one is offered) or an approved private driver training school.
The course should consist of at least 24 hours of classroom instruction, and eight hours of driving with a certified instructor.
Of course, before you're able to start to practicing your driving skills, you'll need to first get your temporary permit. And, to do that, you'll need to be at least 15 1/2. Find complete details on obtaining your permit at the Teen Drivers page on this site.
Here are some things to keep in mind once you've been given your temporary license:
- You'll need to have the packet with you whenever you're driving.
- If you're under 16, you'll need to have a licensed parent, guardian or certified driving instructor in the seat next to you.
- If you're over 16, you may drive with anyone 21 or older who has a valid license.
- If you're under 17, you can't drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are with a licensed parent, guardian, or custodian.
- If you're under 18, you'll need to have had your permit for at least 6 months before you can apply for your license.
- If you're under 18, you'll have your permit suspended for a year if you accumulate three moving violations.
- If you're under 18, you may also have your permit suspended for 6 months if you commit certain other traffic-related violations. The same applies for any alcohol-related violations.
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