Ohio Drivers Test
Taking the 2013 Ohio drivers license test is the final step of the way to achieving an Ohio drivers license. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles wants to make sure that you have good control over your vehicle before letting you lose on the state roads and that is why you have to take an Ohio driving test. Passing the road skills exam is not hard, especially if you follow BMV recommendations and receive as much driving practice as possible before scheduling your Ohio BMV driving test. At the moment, teenagers are required to complete at least 50 hours of driving before they can make an appointment for their drivers license test, but this is just the minimum, no one says you can't do more than that. Adult drivers should follow the same recommendation. Remember: the more you practice now, the easier it will be for you to pass your 2013 Ohio driving test at the BMV.
Driver License Test Requirements
Taking the Ohio drivers license test is the final step of the application process. This means that you have to meet certain requirements before you can get to this step. Drivers license test requirements are age dependent, since licensees under the age of 18 years must comply with the Ohio graduated drivers license program. For your convenience, we've broken the requirements into two separate sections, one for each age group.
Under 18 Years of Age
You will have to start by obtaining a copy of the Ohio driver's test book from the BMV and learning the state driving regulations and road signs. Once done, visit a local Ohio State Highway Patrol testing station and take an Ohio temps test there. The test covers the state driving regulations and if you pass, you will be issued with an Ohio temporary instruction permit identification card, also known as a drivers permit.
Once you have your temporary drivers permit, you are good to practice driving. Remember that you are not allowed to drive alone and must observe all Ohio temporary permit restrictions while driving.
You must hold your temporary permit license for at least six months before you can take an Ohio drivers license test. During this period, you need to complete an Ohio drivers education course and receive at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice from your parents or legal guardians, including 10 hours at nighttime.
If the above requirements are met, you are good to schedule your Ohio driving test with the Highway Patrol.
18 Years of Age and Older
Although those who take an Ohio driver's license test after they turn 18 years of age don't have to follow the graduated license rules, all testing procedures still remain the same. You have to start by visiting a local drivers license testing stations and take your Ohio temporary instruction permit test (you may want to take an Ohio practice drivers test first). Take as many quizzes as you can, make sure to check out the Ohio BMV practice test and the Ohio practice permit test as well, the more you study now, the easier your real temps permit test will be! When you receive a learners permit, you can practice driving with a licensed driver at least 18 years of age. You are not required to complete a certain number of driving hours before you can take your drivers test, but we advise that you follow the guidelines that are provided to teenagers and complete at least 50 hours of driving before chancing the real Ohio driving test. Whenever you feel that you are ready, schedule the road skills test with Highway Patrol.
Schedule the Driving Test
There are three ways for you to schedule your Ohio driving test, you can schedule the test online, over the phone or by visiting a local Highway Patrol drivers license testing station in person.
If you would like to schedule your Ohio drivers test online, go to the following link: http://ohiodrivingtest.com . Scheduling the drivers license test online is probably the most convenient way to make this appointment.
If you do not have access to the Internet, don't stress, you can just call Highway Patrol and schedule the Ohio driving test over the phone. You may find the list of all testing locations and their contact details at the back of the drivers manual.
Finally, you can always visit your nearest location in person. This will surely take more time than scheduling an appointment for the drivers test over the phone or online, but you can still do it if all else fails.
Things to Bring /What to Expect
The first thing you should concern yourself with is the vehicle you will be taking your Ohio drivers license test in. It is up to you to provide a vehicle that is in good mechanical condition, is properly registered, titled and carries adequate car insurance. Your driver license examiner will check all these things when you show up for the test and if any of them are found to be inappropriate, you will be denied the chance to take the driving test.
Your drivers license examiner will also require you to present the following paperwork when you show up for the test:
- a valid temporary permit (TIPIC)
- proof of age
- proof of identity
- Social Security Number
- application for a drivers license (co-signed by a parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years of age)
- drivers education certificate and the notarized affidavit for 50 hours of driving (only if you are under 18 years of age)
The driving test in Ohio is divided into two sections: driving and maneuverability. The maneuverability test is usually taken first and it requires you to do two things:
- STEP ONE: You must drive forward through a box (9 feet by 20 feet) formed by four markers. Note: All measurements are made from the center of the cone. Steer to the right or left of the point marker (20 feet ahead of box in center of course) as directed by the examiner. Steer to a straight ahead course and stop when the rear bumper of your car is even with the point marker and generally parallel with the course.
- STEP TWO: From your stopped position at the end of STEP ONE, you must be able to back past the point marker. Straighten your car and back through the box and come to a stop with your front bumper even with the two rear markers and generally parallel with the course. During this step, if you stop your vehicle because you hit a marker, you must go back to the start and begin step two again. Before the test is complete, your vehicle must be removed from the test area without running over a marker or committing any other dangerous action.
The driving portion of the Ohio drivers test will assess your ability to drive on the street and observe all state driving regulations. You should brush up on the driving rules if you want to pass this part of the test.
If you fail any part of the Ohio driving test, you will have to wait at least seven days before retaking the exam again. If you fail the road skills exam four times, you will have to wait at least six months prior to taking the test again. The good news is that you only have to retake the part of test that you failed, so if you passed the maneuverability portion of the driving test and failed the street driving portion, you will only have to go through the street driving portion next time you're at the drivers license testing station.
If you pass your Ohio drivers test, you are issued with a receipt. Take this receipt down to the nearest Deputy Registrar agency along with all your paperwork in order to receive your actual Ohio drivers license.
If you are under 18 years of age at the time when you pass the driving test, you are issued with a junior drivers license. You will need to memorize all Ohio junior license restrictions and observe them until you receive an unrestricted drivers license at the age of 18.