Behind The Wheel

When does my 6 month permit period start?

The six-month permit period starts on the day that you receive your temps from the Deputy Registrar License Agency. This is not to be confused with the 6-month expiration for taking the Aceable course.

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.

When can I start driving with someone?

You can start driving with adults once you get your temps, however there are some restrictions!

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.

Can I drive alone with a permit?

No. Absolutely not! When you have your permit, you are only allowed to drive if there is a licensed adult 21 years old or older with you in the car. There are no restrictions on what hours you may drive during the day or night, but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the late hours of the night.

REMEMBER: If you are under 16, you cannot drive with someone other than your parent or guardian if you do not have the In Loco Parentis Affidavit signed. This 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.

How do I complete my behind-the-wheel hours?

Once you have your permit and received your Certificate of Enrollment from Aceable, enroll in a state-certified professional driving school. You’ll do 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction hours with 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.

Where can I find a driving school?

Selecting the driving school where you’ll do behind-the-wheel instruction is a huge decision, and it’s important that you do your research beforehand.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety has a website where you can see what driving schools operate in your county.

  1. Head over to their website with this link.
  2. Select “Teen Driving Schools” and the county that you live in.
  3. Click “Search”.

Some things you should keep in mind are:

Cost – 8 hours at a state-approved driving school could cost anywhere from $200 to upwards of $400.

Location – How far is the driving school from where you live and go to school? How convenient is it for you to get to and from the driving school? How will you get there?

Schedule – Available instruction hours at driving schools vary and certain seasons are busier than others (such as summer). Does the class schedule work for you and your parents?

Reviews and ratings – What have other people said about the driving school you’re looking at? If the school has consistently received positive reviews and high ratings, maybe it’s a good idea to consider taking lessons there. Bad reviews from previous students and parents may mean you should continue your search.

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