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Driver License & ID Card

Driver License First Issuance

Temporary Permit – Under Age 18

At age 15 years and six months, an applicant may go to any driver exam station to take the knowledge and vision screening to begin the temporary permit process. Prior to testing, applicants must provide proof of:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number (if assigned)

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If the applicant has an Ohio identification card, it must be surrendered when a temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC) is issued.

Prior to obtaining a driver license the following requirements must be met:

  • Driver must complete a driver education class at a licensed driver training school, which includes 24 hours of classroom or online instruction and 8 hours of driving time.
  • Driver must complete 50 hours of driving, with at least 10 hours of night driving, in addition to the driver education requirements.
  • Driver must hold the TIPIC for at least six months.

Knowledge Test and Vision Screening

Applicants must pass both the knowledge test and vision screening to obtain a temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC). The knowledge test is 40 multiple-choice questions about motor vehicle regulations and traffic signs. Applicants must answer 75 percent of the questions correctly to pass.

The knowledge test is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian, Somali, and Spanish. All other languages must use an interpreter. Customers must be able to understand directions and read traffic signs printed in English.

Once the knowledge test and vision screening are passed, the applicant can proceed to a deputy registrar license agency to purchase a TIPIC within 60 days of passing the test. Applicants must provide proof of:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number (if assigned)
  • Ohio residency
  • Citizenship or legal presence

In addition, the applicant’s parent or guardian must present identification (driver license or ID card) to co-sign for the TIPIC.

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Test Failure

Applicants who fail the knowledge test must wait at least 24 hours before retesting. There is no limit on how many times the knowledge test can be taken.

Special Accommodations

If you have special accommodations for knowledge and/or road testing, please contact a local driver exam station.

TIPIC Restrictions

  • Drivers must carry the TIPIC at all times when driving.
  • If under age 16, drivers must have a parent, guardian or licensed driving instructor in the passenger seat when driving.
  • If the driver is age 16 or older, driving with any valid licensed driver over the age of 21 in the passenger seat is permitted, except from midnight - 6 a.m., when the driver must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • The parent, guardian or licensed driver in the passenger seat shall not be intoxicated.
  • All passengers and driver must wear safety belts.

Where Do I Go?

More Information

Ohio Revised Code: 4507.05

Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-1-08, 4501:1-1-09, 4501:1-1-10

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