How to Pass the Ohio Permit Test


Learning how to pass the Ohio permit test shouldn’t be stressful.  Use this easy step-by-step guide to quickly master the exam. Let’s get started!

If you want to receive full driving privileges in the state of Ohio, you will need to learn about the Graduated Driver’s License Program (GDL), a multi-stage process that has been shown to help reduce traffic collisions due to inexperienced drivers. The GDL program will allow you to gain important driving skills while remaining under the supervision of your parent or guardian.

In Ohio, the GDL process features three different stages:

  • Temporary Instruction Permit
  • Probationary License
  • Full License

In this guide, we will teach you how to pass the Ohio permit test and ultimately go on to receive your full driver’s license.

Step I: The Ohio Temporary Instruction Permit

When you are 15 and a half years old, you can apply for your Temporary Instruction Permit (or learner’s permit) in the state of Ohio. To do so, you will need to pass a written permit test. This multiple-choice test will check your knowledge of the rules of the road as well as certain traffic signs. You will also be given a permit paperwork packet, which you will need to complete at various stages of the GDL process.

Study Hard to Increase Your Odds of Passing

Few people pass the permit test on their first try without doing plenty of studying ahead of time. We provide you a free copy of the Ohio Driver’s Handbook for you to use, and if you prefer a hard copy, you can visit the offices of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and request one.

Take Advantage of Practice Exams

Our Ohio practice permit test includes a lot of the same subjects you will see on the actual exam, and taking it can dramatically increase your odds of passing. Don’t miss out on this valuable resource for study, and don’t waste your time and money taking a test you aren’t prepared for. Take our practice exams a few times before attempting the real thing.

Visit the BMV Testing Location and Take Your Tests

In Ohio, driver’s license testing is handled by the State Highway Patrol. When you are ready, visit a testing location and bring along:

  • Your certified birth certificate and Social Security Card.
  • Proof of Ohio residency (school enrollment card, parent’s utility bill).
  • A parent or guardian to cosign your application.
  • $22 in fees.

At this point, you will take the written permit test. Relax and do your best. If you remain calm, you are more likely to remember everything you have studied. When you pass, you will be given a vision exam to make sure you can see well enough to drive. From there, you will be given your permit.

Start Your Practice Driving

Now that you have your Temporary Instruction Permit, you can begin your practice driving. The state of Ohio requires that you sign up for an approved driver’s education class that includes 24 hours of classroom education and eight hours of behind-the-wheel practice with an instructor. You will also be required to do a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving under the supervision of your parent or guardian, with 10 of those hours taking place at night.

Step II: The Ohio Probationary License

When you are 16 years old, you have held your Temporary Instruction Permit for at least six months, and you have completed your practice driving and driver’s education requirements, you are eligible to apply for your Probationary License. This will require that you take a behind-the-wheel driving test to measure how well you control your car and observe the rules of the road.

When you’re ready, make an appointment at a driver’s license testing location. On test day, be sure to bring along:

  • Your Temporary Instruction Permit.
  • The rest of the forms in your permit packet.
  • Signed proof that you completed your practice driving.
  • A certificate of completion for your required driver’s education course.

Stay calm and do your best as you complete the driving test. You have practiced hard, and now it’s your time to shine! When you pass, you will be given a second vision test, and after that, the examiner will give you a signed certificate that you can take back to the BMV offices to receive your Probationary License. The license will cost up to $24.25 depending on how old you are. Be sure to bring some cash along for these fees.

Your Probationary License will come with some restrictions:

  • Except when traveling to and from work or when accompanied by a parent or guardian, drivers under the age of 17 may not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. You also cannot drive with more than one passenger who isn’t an immediate family member.
  • If you are over the age of 17, you may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. with the same exceptions.
  • You and all of your passengers must always wear safety belts.

Step III: The Ohio Driver’s License

When you are 18 years old, and you have completed all of the requirements of the GDL process, the restrictions will be removed from your license.

Congratulations! You are now a fully licensed driver.

Additional Information

When it comes to the permit packet, be sure to avoid filling out any of the paperwork until you have been instructed to do so. Filling out some of the forms ahead of time could result in your packet being thrown out, and if this happens, you will need to purchase a new one.