Getting Your Permit

How do I get my permit?

In Ohio, drivers ed isn’t a requirement for you to get your permit. You just need to know enough about road rules and road signs in order to pass the written test at the BMV. Most of our students get their temps before starting with Aceable and often study the driver’s handbook to pass the written test.

You need to be at least 15 ½ to get your temps.

  1. 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).

What do I need to bring to the BMV to get my permit?

  • 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.

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.

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