Getting Your License

How do I get my 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.

What do I bring to the BMV for my license?

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.


How do I schedule my driving test?

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.

What if I fail my driving test?

If you are under 18 and 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 are 18 and older and fail the driving test, the state of Ohio has a new requirement that you take a 4-hour Abbreviated Adult course. Unfortunately, Aceable does not yet offer this course. You will find a list of approved online providers here.

As a teen, what restrictions do I have when I have a license?

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.

I have my license but I need to drive during the restricted hours without a parent/guardian. How do I do that?

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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