What You Should Know About the Ohio Graduated Driver’s License

What You Should Know About the Ohio Graduated Driver’s License

While most states have adopted the GDL system, each has implemented only the rules and restrictions most needed for their state. Because of this, the restriction and requirements for the Ohio GDL might be very different from those for Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

In Ohio, driver education is mandatory for all license applicants who are 18 years or younger. Teens who are 15 years and six months can apply for their learner’s permit by taking the vision exam and written knowledge test.

The permit gives you six months to acquire 50 or more hours of practical experience, including 10 hours of night driving. You must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian when you are driving.

At age 16, after completing driver training, you can apply for your probationary license by taking the road skills test.

Those under age 17 who have had their license for less than one year are prohibited from driving at night between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. unless you are going to or from work, school, or a school function. You are also prohibited from carrying more than one non-family passenger unless your parent or guardian is traveling with you.

Those who are over age 17 and who have had their license for more than one year a prohibited from driving between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless traveling to or from work or school.

After two years, or when you turn 18, you are eligible for full privileges provided –

  • You have fulfilled all requirements
  • You have no traffic violations
  • You have no alcohol violations
Be aware: Cell phone use is banned for all drivers under the age of 18. Also, getting multiple traffic violations before turning 18 can result in suspension of your driving privileges. Any alcohol related conviction will also get your license suspended for six months or more. Remember, Ohio has zero tolerance for underage drinking and driving, so have a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or more can get you charged with Operating a Vehicle after Under Age Consumption.

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