Ohio Drivers Ed

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INTRODUCTION TO OHIO DRIVERS ED

Welcome to Aceable’s Ohio Drivers Ed course! Skip the boring classes. Instead, work on your drivers ed requirement on your computer or iOS or Android device. We’ll have you behind-the-wheel in no time!

You can take this course if:

  • You’re an Ohio teen (15 years and 5 months- 18 years old).

You should take this course because:

  • Aceable is state-approved. You can see us on the official Ohio Driver Training website here.
  • Aceable is all about convenience. You can log into your account on our website or by downloading the free Aceable Drivers Ed app for iOS and Android devices. You can switch between devices anytime and anywhere you want.
  • Aceable includes 24 hours of engaging and entertaining content written in an easy way for teens to understand. Your course will include text, videos, pictures, memes, and pop-up questions galore! You won’t just be reading for 24 hours straight.
  • Aceable gives you access to unlimited free practice tests to ensure your success.
  • Aceable will mail you two certificates so you can start your behind-the-wheel training and get your license.
  • Aceable allows parents to track student progress and test scores, so you’re never out of the loop.
  • Aceable’s Customer Experience Heroes are available every day of the week to help answer your questions about anything and everything drivers ed. You can reach us by phone, email, and live chat.

Note: the course expires after 6 months per the state of Ohio’s requirements for online drivers ed courses. If it has been more than 6 months, you will need to retake the course but at no additional cost!

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STEPS TO GETTING YOUR OHIO LICENSE
Step 1: Take the First Two Levels of Aceable’s Ohio Drivers Ed

The first step to getting your Ohio license is to start on Aceable’s Ohio Drivers Ed course. The course has 10 levels, totaling 24 hours of online classroom instruction. You can do up to two hours of classroom instruction per day. After you reach that two-hour limit, the state of Ohio requires that you are locked out of your account for 24 hours– then you can pick up from where you left off!

You have six months to complete the whole course. We’re sure you’ll breeze right through it since you won’t just be reading for 24 hours straight. Instead, Aceable mixes it up with text, videos, pictures, memes, and pop-up questions.

After you complete the first two levels (the first two hours of the course), we’ll mail you a Certificate of Enrollment so that you can start on your behind-the-wheel hours after getting your permit.

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Step 2: Get Your Ohio Permit

You must be at least 15 and 6 months old to get your Ohio permit.

While you won’t need to present your Aceable Certificate of Enrollment to get your permit, you will need it to start your behind-the-wheel hours, so don’t forget to keep an eye out on your mailbox for this certificate from us!

You can head to your local Driver Exam Station and take the vision and written knowledge tests. Click here to see what you need to bring with you on that day.

There’ll be 40 questions on the written knowledge test. The questions will focus on motor vehicle regulations and traffic signs, and you have to score at least 75% or better (at least 30 out of 40 questions correct) to pass. To see a sample knowledge test from the state, click here. You can also review the material in your Aceable course to refresh your memory and study for the test.

If you fail the written knowledge test, you can retake it at least 24 hours later. There’s no limit on how many times you can take the written knowledge test.

Within 60 days of passing the vision and written knowledge tests, you must head to the Deputy Registrar License Agency to present your documents and purchase a TIPIC (Temporary Instructional Permit Identification Card), also simply known as a permit.

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Step 3: Start Your Ohio Behind-the-Wheel Hours

Once you have your permit, enroll in a state-certified professional driving school. You’ll do 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction hours with them. Make sure you bring your Aceable Certificate of Enrollment and present it to them!

You also need to complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice (10 of which must be at night) with your parents or legal guardians. You don’t need to log these 50 hours. Instead, your parent or guardian will simply fill out a Fifty Hour Affidavit and get it notarized. You’ll need to present the affidavit at the Driver Exam Station when you test for your license.

If you have a permit and are between the ages of 15 and a half and 16 years old, you’re only allowed to drive if you have a licensed parent or guardian with you in the passenger seat. However, your parent or guardian can get you an In Loco Parentis Affidavit, which allows a permit holder in this age range to drive with another specified licensed adult who is at least 21 years old or older. Click here to learn more.

If you have a permit and are at least 16 years old or older, you’re only allowed to drive if you have a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old or older with you in the passenger seat.

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Step 4: Finish Aceable’s Ohio Drivers Ed

Complete the rest of your Aceable course (10 levels). When you’re done with Aceable, we’ll mail you a Certificate of Completion. You need to present this to your professional driving school in order to get your completed Driver Education Certificate. Don’t skip this step or you may be turned away when you test for your license!

The course expires after 6 months per the state of Ohio’s requirements for online drivers ed courses. If it has been more than 6 months, you will need to retake the course but at no additional cost!

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Step 5: Get Your Ohio License

You can get your Ohio license if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You’re at least 16 years old.
  • You’ve held your permit for at least six months.
  • You’ve finished your 24-hour Aceable course and received a Certificate of Completion from us.
  • You’ve completed 8 hours of training with a state-certified professional driving school.
  • You’ve completed 50 hours of driving (10 of which must be at night) with your parents or legal guardians.

You’ll need to schedule an appointment for your driving test by contacting a Driver Exam Station here or calling the Ohio BMV at 614-752-7600. Please note that the BMV can book up very quickly, especially during high-volume seasons like the summer and during spring break. You should schedule your driving test as far in advance as possible. Click here to see what you need to bring with you on that day.

If you fail the driving test, you’ll have to wait seven days before retaking. If you fail on the fourth time, however, you’ll need to wait six months until you’ll be allowed to take it again. For information on what the driving test will be like, click here.

If you’re under 18 years old and have held your probationary license for less than 12 months:

  • You cannot drive between midnight and 6am unless you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • You cannot operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you’re under 18 years old and have held your probationary license for 12 months or longer:

  • You cannot drive between 1am and 5am unless you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To learn about state-approved exceptions to the restrictions above, click here.

A conviction of a traffic offense within the first six months of having a license may result in a parent or guardian having to accompany you for six months or until you’re 17 years old. Multiple traffic convictions before your 18th birthday may result in a license suspension. For alcohol-related convictions, your license will be suspended for at least six months.

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TESTS IN THE OHIO DRIVERS ED COURSE
Ohio Drivers Ed Level Assessments

There are 10 levels in the course. At the end of each level is a short level assessment consisting of 10 questions. The questions will be a mix of multiple-choice and true/false questions. You must score at least 70% or better (at least 7 out of 10 questions correct) in order to pass and go on to the next level.

If you fail a level assessment, you can take it again. There is no limit on how many times you can take a level assessment and you don’t have to pay again to take a level assessment more than once.

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Ohio Drivers Ed Final Exam

At the very end of the course (10 levels) is the final exam. The exam consists of 50 questions. The questions will be a mix of multiple-choice and true/false questions. You must score at least 75% or better (at least 38 out of 50 questions correct) in order to pass and receive a Certificate of Completion from Aceable.

If you fail the final exam, you can take it again 24 hours later. You have three chances to pass the final exam. After failing the final exam three times, you’ll be locked out of the course. Contact us so that we can unlock your account. Unfortunately, the state of Ohio requires that you restart the course from the very beginning when this happens.

Passing this final exam proves to the state of Ohio that you passed your drivers ed course. You’ll still have to take and pass a written knowledge exam at the BMV to get your permit.

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OHIO DRIVERS ED CERTIFICATES AND SHIPPING OPTIONS
Ohio Drivers Ed Certificates

You’ll receive two certificates from Aceable. One will be mailed to you after you complete Level 2 of the course so that you can apply for your permit and start taking your behind-the-wheel hours with a professional instructor.  Another certificate will be mailed to you when you complete the whole course (10 levels) as proof that you’ve met your drivers ed requirement.

The certificates are mailed out using either the US Postal Service (USPS) or FedEx, depending on your shipping selection. The course comes with free standard shipping via USPS, and certificates sent out using standard shipping should arrive within 5-12 business days. To learn more about Aceable’s certificate shipping options, click here.

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Ohio Drivers Ed Certificate Shipping Options

Important Note:
The certificate cut off time is earlier than usual this coming Saturday, July 8 2017. You must finish the course and pay for your shipping by 9AM CST.

Your certificates must be mailed out. Unfortunately, the state of Ohio doesn’t allow us to email or fax certificates. We are required to mail out original hard copy certificates using a third-party delivery service, such as the US Postal Service or FedEx.

The course comes with free standard shipping via the US Postal Service (USPS) for each of your certificates, and certificates sent out using this option should arrive within 5-12 business days. Certificates are sent out of our Austin, TX headquarters.

If you want to upgrade to an expedited shipping option, you can purchase that option on the web or app once you reach the end of Level 2 (for your Certificate of Enrollment) and at the very end of the course (for your Certificate of Completion). Here are the prices:

TYPE CARRIER DELIVERY TIME COST
Standard Shipping USPS Within 5-12 business days Free
3rd Day Shipping USPS Within 3 business days $10
2nd Day Shipping USPS Within 2 business days $35
Overnight (M-F) FedEx Next business day (Monday thru Friday) by 10:30am (most places), 5pm (remote places) $45
Overnight (Saturdays) FedEx Saturday by 4:30pm (Friday orders only) $55

In order for us to mail out your certificate on the day you finish, you must select your shipping preference in the course by 1pm CST Monday through Friday, or 11am CST Saturday. All certificate orders placed after these times will be processed the following day, excluding Sundays and national holidays observed by USPS.

The day that we ship out your certificate does not count as a business day. For example, if we mailed your certificate out on Monday and you requested 2nd Day Shipping, your certificate will arrive by Wednesday.

*Please note that the USPS and FedEx are closed on the following holidays, so we cannot ship the certificates on these days:

DATE HOLIDAY USPS FedEx
Monday, January 2, 2017 New Year’s Day (observed) Closed Closed
Monday, January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (observed) Closed
Monday, February 20, 2017 President’s Day (observed) Closed
Monday, May 29, 2017 Memorial Day Closed Closed
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Independence Day Closed Closed
Monday, September 4, 2017 Labor Day Closed Closed
Monday, October 9, 2017 Columbus Day Closed
Friday, November 10, 2017 Veteran’s Day (observed) Closed
Thursday, November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Day Closed
Monday, December 25, 2017 Christmas Day Closed Closed
Monday, January 1, 2018 New Year’s Day Closed Closed

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Additional Ohio Drivers Ed Certificate Copies

If you need another copy of your certificate, you can easily order one from Aceable for only $10 here. If you’re having trouble making your purchase, please contact us.

When we send you an additional copy of your certificate, we’ll include a form called a “Request for Duplicate Certificate” in the envelope. It’s important that you fill out this form and present it with your new certificate when you start your driving lessons or request a completed Driver Education Certificate from your professional driving school.

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AT THE OHIO BMV – DOCUMENTS, STATE FEES, AND TESTS
Ohio Drivers Ed Permit – What to Bring to the BMV

You must be at least 15 and a-half years old to get your Ohio Permit.

Head to your local Driver Exam Station and take the vision and written knowledge tests. There’ll be 40 questions on the written knowledge test. The questions will focus on motor vehicle regulations and traffic signs, and you have to score at least 75% or better (at least 30 out of 40 questions correct) to pass. To see a sample knowledge test from the state, click here. You can also review the material in your Aceable course to refresh your memory and study for the test.

If you fail the written knowledge test, you can retake it at least 24 hours later. There’s no limit on how many times you can take the written knowledge test.

Within 60 days of passing the vision and written knowledge tests, you must head to the Deputy Registrar License Agency to purchase a TIPIC (Temporary Instructional Permit Identification Card), also simply known as a permit. You’ll need to be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian and pay a $22 state fee (cash or check).

When you take your vision and written knowledge tests and purchase your TIPIC, don’t forget to bring your identity documents! You need to present one Primary and one Secondary document, or two primary documents. You also need to present a document proving your citizenship or legal presence (may already be covered by the Primary Document), as well as your parent/legal guardian’s Ohio residency. Only original or certified copies are accepted.

  • Primary Document – Proof of Full Legal Name and Date of Birth
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid Passport or Passport Card, State-Issued ID Card, State-Issued Learner’s Permit, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents
  • Secondary Document – Must include SSN (if assigned) if not on the Primary Document
    • Examples: Social Security Card, Health Insurance Card, Internal Revenue Service or State Tax Form, Employer Identification Card, W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, School Record or Transcript, Student ID, Medical Records from a Doctor or Hospital, Foreign Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence (may already be covered by the Primary Document)
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid US Passport or Passport Card, Naturalization Document, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents
  • Parent/Legal Guardian’s Ohio Residency – PO BOX or other mail box address is not acceptable
    • Examples: Utility Bill, Paycheck Stub, Mortgage Statement, Valid Concealed Weapons Permit, Ohio Resident Hunting or Fishing License, Automobile Liability Policy, Major Credit Card Statement or Major Retail Store Credit Card Statement, Life Insurance

To see a more detailed list of accepted documents (in English, Spanish, and Somali), click here.

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Ohio Drivers Ed License – What to Bring to the BMV

You can get your Ohio license after you’ve held your permit for at least six months and you’re at least 16 years old.

At the Driver Exam Station, you’ll need to pass the driving test. You schedule your test by contacting a Driver Exam Station here or calling the Ohio BMV at 614-752-7600. Please note that the BMV can book up very quickly, especially during high-volume seasons like the summer and during spring break. You should schedule your driving test as far in advance as possible.

If you fail the driving test, you’ll have to wait seven days before retaking. If you fail on the fourth time, however, you’ll need to wait six months until you’ll be allowed to take it again. For information on what the driving test will be like, click here.

You’ll need to be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian and pay a licensing fee (cash or check) depending on your age:

  • Age 16: $24.25
  • Age 17: $23.00
  • Age 18: $21.75

Here’s what else you need to bring with you:

  • Parent/Legal Guardian’s Ohio Residency –  PO BOX or other mail box address is not acceptable
    • Examples: Utility Bill, Paycheck Stub, Mortgage Statement, Valid Concealed Weapons Permit, Ohio Resident Hunting or Fishing License, Automobile Liability Policy, Major Credit Card Statement or Major Retail Store Credit Card Statement, Life Insurance
  • Your Permit
    • Make sure you’ve held this for at least six months and you’re at least 16 years old.
  • Completed Driver Education Certificate
    • We’ll send you an Aceable Certificate of Completion when you finish the whole course. Present it to your professional driving school and they’ll give you a Completed Driver Education Certificate, which is what you need to get a license.  Don’t skip this step, or you could be turned away at the Driver Exam Station!
  • 50 Hour Affidavit
    • Your parent or legal guardian needs to fill this out and get it notarized. It’s proof that you’ve completed 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice (10 of which must be at night).
  • Vehicle in good condition for testing
    • Your vehicle will be inspected before you can take your driving test.

You’ll also need to present one Primary and one Secondary document, or two primary documents, and a document proving your citizenship or legal presence (may already be covered by the Primary Document). Only original or certified copies are accepted.

  • Primary Document – Proof of Full Legal Name and Date of Birth
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid Passport or Passport Card, State-Issued ID Card, State-Issued Learner’s Permit, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents
  • Secondary Document – Must include SSN (if assigned) if not on the Primary Document
    • Examples: Social Security Card, Health Insurance Card, Internal Revenue Service or State Tax Form, Employer Identification Card, W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, School Record or Transcript, Student ID, Medical Records from a Doctor or Hospital, Gun Permit, Foreign Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence (may already be covered by the Primary Document)
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid US Passport or Passport Card, Naturalization Document, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents

To see a more detailed list of accepted documents (in English, Spanish, and Somali), click here.

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OHIO PERMIT AND LICENSE RESTRICTIONS
Ohio Permit – In Loco Parentis Affidavit

If you have a permit and are between the ages of 15 and a half and 16 years old, you’re only allowed to drive if you have a licensed parent or guardian with you in the passenger seat.

However, your parent or guardian can get you an In Loco Parentis Affidavit, which allows a permit holder in this age range to drive with another specified licensed adult who is at least 21 years old or older.

This Affidavit needs to be notarized and the permit holder- you- needs to have it at all times when driving with the adult listed on it.

If you have a permit and are at least 16 years old or older, you’re only allowed to drive if you have a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old or older with you in the passenger seat.

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Ohio License – BMV 2825 & BMV 2826 Forms

If you’re under 18 years old and have held your probationary license for less than 12 months, you cannot drive between midnight and 6am unless you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you’re under 18 years old and have held your probationary license for 12 months or longer, you cannot drive between 1am and 5am unless you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.

However, Ohio does allow for exceptions if you need to drive during these restricted hours for work, school, or a religious event.

You’ll need to fill out a BMV 2825 if you need a work exception, or a BMV 2826 if you need an event exception (school or religious event).

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OUT-OF-STATE PERMITS AND LICENSES

The state of Ohio considers you an Ohio resident once you take a job, sign a lease, buy a home, or enroll children in an Ohio school. Within 30 days of establishing your Ohio residency, you’ll need to exchange your out-of-state permit or license for an Ohio one.

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Out-of-State Permit

If you’re a minor with an out-of-state permit, you’ll need to do the following to get your Ohio permit.

Visit a Deputy Registrar License Agency and bring the following documents:

  • Your Valid Out-of-State Permit
  • Proof of Six Months of Driving Experience
    • You must prove you’ve completed at least 50 hours of driving, including 10 hours at night.
  • Proof of a Completed Driver Education Course
    • The Deputy Registrar License Agency will determine if your driver education course meets Ohio driver education requirements.
  • Parent/Legal Guardian and Proof of Their Ohio Residency
    • Examples: Utility Bill, Paycheck Stub, Mortgage Statement, Valid Concealed Weapons Permit, Ohio Resident Hunting or Fishing License, Automobile Liability Policy, Major Credit Card Statement or Major Retail Store Credit Card Statement, Life Insurance
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid US Passport or Passport Card, Naturalization Document, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents

If they accept your out-of-state driver education course, you can head to a Driver Examination Station, where you’ll need to take and pass the vision and knowledge tests. After you pass those tests, you can purchase your Ohio permit (the Driver Examination Station will determine if you need to hold your Ohio permit for at least six months or less). Don’t forget to bring the following with you:

  • Parent/Legal Guardian and Proof of Their Ohio Residency
    • Examples: Utility Bill, Paycheck Stub, Mortgage Statement, Valid Concealed Weapons Permit, Ohio Resident Hunting or Fishing License, Automobile Liability Policy, Major Credit Card Statement or Major Retail Store Credit Card Statement, Life Insurance
  • Proof of Full Legal Name and Date of Birth
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid Passport or Passport Card, State-Issued ID Card, State-Issued Learner’s Permit, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents
  • Proof of Social Security Number (if assigned)
    • Examples: Social Security Card, Health Insurance Card, Internal Revenue Service or State Tax Form, Employer Identification Card, W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, School Record or Transcript, Student ID, Medical Records from a Doctor or Hospital, Foreign Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid US Passport or Passport Card, Naturalization Document, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents
  • $22 State Fee (cash or check)

If they don’t accept your out-of-state driver education course, you can still test for your Ohio permit. However, you’ll also need to start Ohio drivers ed from the very beginning. Click here for the steps you’ll need to take.

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Out-of-State License

If you’re a minor with an out-of-state license, you’ll need to head to a Deputy Registrar License Agency  and pass a vision exam. Afterwards, you can exchange your out-of-state license for an Ohio license. Bring the following with you:

  • Your Valid Out-of-State License
  • Parent/Legal Guardian and Proof of Their Ohio Residency
    • Examples: Utility Bill, Paycheck Stub, Mortgage Statement, Valid Concealed Weapons Permit, Ohio Resident Hunting or Fishing License, Automobile Liability Policy, Major Credit Card Statement or Major Retail Store Credit Card Statement, Life Insurance
  • Proof of Full Legal Name and Date of Birth
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid Passport or Passport Card, State-Issued ID Card, State-Issued Learner’s Permit, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents
  • Proof of Social Security Number (if assigned)
    • Examples: Social Security Card, Health Insurance Card, Internal Revenue Service or State Tax Form, Employer Identification Card, W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, School Record or Transcript, Student ID, Medical Records from a Doctor or Hospital, Foreign Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Presence
    • Examples: Birth Certificate, Valid US Passport or Passport Card, Naturalization Document, US Citizenship and Immigration Service Documents
  • $25.75 state fee (cash or check)

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OHIO DRIVERS ED IDENTITY VERIFICATION
Ohio Drivers Ed Student Identity Security Questions

The state of Ohio requires that Aceable verify the identity of students taking the course. We do this by asking you a series of identity security questions based on information in your Aceable Student Profile. This system is made to ensure that the person who signed up for the course is actually the one taking it.

You’ll be asked these identity security questions at various points throughout the course. If you miss a question (which we doubt you will, since these questions are all about you!), the state of Ohio requires that you are locked out of the course for 24 hours.

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Ohio Drivers Ed Parent Validation and Affidavit

In addition to verifying students’ identities, the state of Ohio also requires Aceable to verify parents’ identities. A parent’s identity is validated using their personal information. If they fail validation, they are required to submit a paper affidavit form to Aceable. Unfortunately, this isn’t something Aceable can override. It’s one of those state requirements we have to follow.

Your student cannot begin working on the course until you submit the affidavit form to us. Simply email the completed notarized affidavit to support@aceable.com

You can download a copy of the Parent Affidavit here.

We strongly discourage mailing the affidavit since it will take a lot longer for us to receive it and there is always the potential that it could get lost in the mail.

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OHIO DRIVERS ED COURSE TOOLS
Ohio Drivers Ed Student Course Tools

Aceable provides a variety of student course tools that you’ll find very helpful. These tools include the student profile, table of contents, progress logs, and practice tests. You can learn about using these tools in our Account & Log In Help Knowledge Base here.

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Ohio Drivers Ed Parent Monitoring Tools

Aceable provides parents with valuable parent monitoring tools so they can keep up with the work that their students are doing in the course. These tools include the progress log and student test scores. You can learn more about using these tools in our Account & Log In Help Knowledge Base here.

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND TROUBLESHOOTING

If you are experiencing technical issues with the web course or app, there are a variety of troubleshooting options available to you. For a detailed guide on troubleshooting your web course or app, check out Aceable’s Technical Support & Troubleshooting Knowledge Base here.

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CONTACT OHIO BMV

You can contact the Ohio BMV at: 844-644-6268

They’re open during the following hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 7am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday, 8am to 2pm

You can also email or live chat with a BMV representative here.

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