Ohio CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
Driving Between States Age:
Hazardous Age:
Exams Required:
  • Vision
  • Health
  • Written Test
IDs Required:
  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card

Truck drivers in Ohio who are looking to drive a vehicle that weighs more than 26,001 pounds are going to need to meet the Ohio CDL requirements and obtain their commercial driver's license (CDL). Individuals applying for this particular license must be at least 18 years of age or older. Those looking to apply for jobs that require cross-state travel are going to need to be 21 years of age or older.

Before people will be allowed to apply for a commercial driver license (CDL) in Ohio, they will need to obtain a regular driver license. If they are at least 18 years of age and have their regular driver licenses, they can apply for their learner’s permits so that they can begin to receive instruction on the commercial vehicle of their choice.

The First Part of the Examination Process

The CDL application process will begin at the examination station of the Ohio Highway Patrol. The station does not charge for testing, and it is not necessary to make an appointment. Applicants can expect to have their pictures taken while they are there.

The first thing that people will need to do is pass the vision test. After they do this, they will be given the general knowledge exam that every CDL applicant must take and pass to continue with the process. If applicants need to take the test that allows them to transport hazardous materials, for example, they will take this test and/or the other endorsement exams at this time as well.

The Learner’s Permit

After the initial testing process is complete, applicants will need to go to the deputy registrar’s office where they will receive their learner’s permits. Generally, these permits are given to those who have not had their regular driver licenses suspended or revoked in the past. If this is not the case, applicants can receive their permits for a $27 fee. This keeps the permit valid for six months, and it is renewable once within a two-year period.

Those who earn their permits can begin to learn to operate the commercial vehicle for which they would like to receive their CDL. When they feel comfortable, they will return to the testing process they started at the Highway Patrol. This time, they will need an appointment, and they will make it at one of the state’s skills testing centers. Applicants must expect the examination to take about two hours. View the free Ohio CDL Manual for the information you will need to study to pass your written test.

The CDL Skills Tests

Applicants will pay three different fees before they take the skills tests. The first portion is the inspection where applicants will inspect specific parts of their vehicles and ensure that they are in adequate condition. While this is going on, they will explain to their examiners what is being inspected and why they are determining that the vehicles are ready to be driven. This part of the exam costs $10.

The next part of the test is vehicle control. Applicants will take their vehicles on a course where they can assure their examiners that they can start the vehicle, stop it, make turns, move forward and place it in reverse. The testing site may have cones or simulated traffic lanes for the applicants to follow. This portion of the exam also costs $10.

The last part of the skills test requires that applicants take the commercial vehicle on the public roads, and it is the most costly at $30. After passing all of the tests, applicants receive their CDL for a $42 fee.

Ohio re-licensing information requires that individuals renew their license by their birth date. Those who allow their license to expire for over 6 months will be subject to testing for a written and driving skills test.

View Truck Driving Schools in Ohio that provide CDL License training in your area. 

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