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Ohio Drivers License Restrictions

Ohio Drivers License Restrictions

In certain cases, the BMV may limit your driving privileges to operating a vehicle only when certain conditions are met. In such cases, a restriction is placed onto your drivers license. Some of the Ohio drivers license restrictions are health dependent while other may reflect the driver's driving skill. There is also a separate group of Ohio junior license restrictions that apply to everyone who receives a drivers license before reaching the age of 18 years. If you need assistance with Ohio drivers license restriction codes, you may always contact the BMV for assistance.

Ohio Drivers License Restriction Codes

Unfortunately, we were not able to locate a full list of Ohio license restrictions codes, so if you are looking for a specific restriction, you will need to contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The BMV can be contacted over the phone or you may just visit a local office during regular business hours.

Ohio Junior License Restrictions

Junior license restrictions are part of the Ohio graduated drivers license program. A junior drivers license can be issued only to those who take an Ohio driving test and receive a drivers license before the age of 18.

The following Ohio provisional license restrictions currently apply:

  • Probationary driver license holders under the age of 17 are not permitted to operate a motor vehicle with more than one person who is not a family member in the vehicle, unless accompanied by the license holder’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian.
  • Curfew. Probationary license holders under 17 years of age are not allowed to drive between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., except for an emergency situation, when driving to or from work or a school activity or when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Probationary license holders under the age of 17 are prohibited from driving between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with the same exceptions as above .

These drivers license restrictions are automatically lifted once the licensee reaches the age of 18 and receives an unrestricted Ohio driver's license.

Ohio Drivers Permit Restrictions

The following drivers permit restrictions are to be observed when operating under an Ohio learners permit. Please note that these restrictions apply to teenagers only, if you are looking for restrictions that apply to adults, check out the article on Ohio temporary permit restrictions.

  • Supervised driving only. If you are under 16 years of age, you must be supervised by a licensed parent. If you are 16 and older, the supervisor can be any licensed driver 21 years old or older.
  • Passenger restrictions. Permit holders who are younger than 16 can only have one passenger who is not an immediate family member present in the vehicle. The total number of passengers is also limited by the number of seat belts available.
  • Curfew. For students who are under 17 years of age, the curfew covers the period between midnight and 6 a.m. For permit holders who are 17 to 18, the curfew hours are between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. During this time, the supervising driver must be your parent, no one else can fill in.

These restrictions come into play as soon as you pass your Ohio permit test and receive a drivers permit. If you are looking for ways to prepare for the permit test, make sure to check out the Ohio drivers license manual and free Ohio drivers practice tests.

Remember that if you are in doubt about any of the Ohio drivers license restrictions, contact the BMV and their representatives will provide you with the information you're after.