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How Does Safe2Drive's Online Ohio Driver Education Course Work?

If you are under the age of 18 in the state of Ohio and want to get your driver license, you must complete a driver education requirement. Driver education in Ohio consists of two components:

  • 24 hours of classroom instruction
  • 8 hours of driving instruction with a professional driving school

Safe2Drive's online Ohio Driver Education course will satisfy the 24 hours of classroom instruction component of driver education.

Here's how our course works:

1. Register. If you are at least 15 years and 5 months old, you can sign up for our course. Registration is easy--simply create a username and password and read some information about the course. You will need to have a parent present when you register online. Your parent will be required to read and sign the Training Agreement, which outlines our course policies, and we will need to verify your parent's identity before you may begin the course.

2. Complete the first 2 hours of coursework and get your Certificate of Enrollment. After you complete the first two hours of coursework, you will make payment for the course and we will mail you your Certificate of Enrollment. This certificate serves as proof that you are enrolled in a driver education course and can be used to start your required 8 hours of driving instruction at a behind-the-wheel driving school.

3. Complete the remaining 22 hours of online coursework. Enjoy short lessons full of games, animations, videos and other interactive multimedia elements. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz. You must pass the lesson quiz to move on to the next lesson. Most people pass the lesson quiz on their first attempt, but we provide unlimited retakes of lesson quizzes at no additional cost. Review the lesson material and retake the quizzes until you pass!

4. Pass the final exam. At the end of the course, you must pass a 50-question, multiple-choice final exam. A passing score is 75%. According to Ohio rules, you are only allowed 3 attempts at the final exam. If you fail the exam a third time, you must start the course over from the beginning.

5. Receive your Certificate of Completion. When you pass the final exam, we will mail you your Certificate of Completion. Take this with you when you go to take your driving skills test and apply for your driver license.


How to Get Your Driver License (If You're Under Age 18)

Ohio follows a Graduated Driver Licensing program, meaning that there are different stages of licenses. Each stage leading up to a full driver license has certain restrictions (for example, what time of day you can drive and whether you must be accompanied by a licensed driver), and there are certain requirements you must meet to qualify for each stage of licensure (for example, you may have to meet an age requirement or pass a certain test). The purpose of Ohio's Graduated Driver License program is to keep everyone on the road safe. New drivers, especially teen drivers, are at a higher risk of being involved in a collision than older, more experienced drivers. The Graduated Driver Licensing program allows young drivers to gain experience gradually over time with certain safeguards (a.k.a. restrictions) in place to help reduce their risk. Below is an overview of that process for those under age 18.

Step One: Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC)

The first step towards getting your driver license is the Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC). To qualify for a TIPIC you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old.
  • You must pass a vision screening.
  • You must pass a knowledge test.
  • You must submit an application for a TIPIC at a driver exam station.
  • You must provide documentary proof of your full legal name, your date of birth, your Social Security Number, and your citizenship or legal presence. You can find out more about acceptable identification documents here. If you are under 18, the application must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian when you submit the application and the co-signer must present either a valid Ohio driver license or a valid Ohio ID.

When you obtain your TIPIC, there are certain restrictions you must follow while driving:

  • If you are under 16, you must have a licensed parent or legal guardian occupying the seat next to you.
  • If you are 16 or older, you must have a licensed driver age 21 or older occupying the seat next to you.

Your TIPIC will expire one year from the date that it is issued.

Step Two: Driver License

To apply for your driver license, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must hold your TIPIC for at least six months.
  • You must complete a driver education requirement, which includes 24 hours of classroom or online instruction and 8 hours of driving time with a professional driving instructor. You must provide a Certificate of Completion to verify you have completed the driver education requirement. Safe2Drive's course satisfies the 24 hours of required classroom instruction. You will also need to complete the required 8 hours of driving instruction with a professional behind-the-wheel driving school. You can find a list of approved driving schools on the Ohio DPS Driver Training website.
  • You must complete 50 hours of practice driving with a parent or guardian, with at least 10 hours of night driving. These 50 hours of practice driving must be verified with a notarized affidavit signed by your parent or guardian.
  • You must pass a driving skills test.
  • You must submit an application for a driver license at a driver exam station.
  • You must provide documentary proof of your full legal name, your date of birth, your Social Security Number, and your citizenship or legal presence. You can find out more about acceptable identification documents here. If you are under 18, the application must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian when you submit the application and the co-signer must present either a valid Ohio driver license or a valid Ohio ID.

When you obtain your driver license, you will face certain restrictions.

During the First 12 Months of Holding a License

  • You may not operate a vehicle from midnight until 6 a.m. unless:
    • You are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • You are driving to or from work with documentation from your employer.
    • You are driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official.
  • You may not operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • You (the driver) and all passengers must wear safety belts.
  • You (the driver) may not use any mobile devices, including phones.

If you are convicted of a traffic offense within the first six months of having your license, you may be required to be accompanied by your parent or guardian for six months or until you reach age 17.

After the First 12 Months of Holding a License and Under Age 18

  • You may not operate a vehicle from 1 - 5 a.m. unless:
    • You are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • You are driving to or from work with documentation from your employer.
    • You are driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official.
  • You (the driver) and all passengers must wear safety belts.
  • You (the driver) may not use any mobile devices, including phones.

If you receive multiple traffic convictions before your 18th birthday, you may have your license suspended. For alcohol-related convictions, your driver license will be suspended for at least six months.

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What does Safe2Drive's Ohio Driver Education course consist of?

Safe2Drive's Ohio Driver Education course consists of 24 hours of online instruction, which will satisfy the 24 hours of classroom instruction portion of the driver education requirement needed to qualify for your driver license if you are under the age of 18.

How does the course work?

In order to successfully complete our Ohio Driver Education course, you will need to follow a few important steps:

  1. Register for our course.
  2. Complete the first two hours of online instruction.
  3. Pay for the course.
  4. Receive your Certificate of Enrollment.
  5. Complete the remaining 22 hours of online instruction.
  6. Receive your Certificate of Completion.

After receiving your Certificate of Enrollment, you may begin behind-the-wheel training with a professional driving instructor. You are required to complete 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction as part of the driver education requirement to qualify for your driver license. You will also need to complete 50 hours of supervised driving (including 10 hours of nighttime driving) with a parent or guardian and have your parent sign a notarized affidavit to verify the 50 hours of supervised driving time.

What are the eligibility requirements to take the course?

In order to be eligible to take an Ohio Driver Education course, you must be at least 15 years and 5 months old before starting the course.

Why do you need to verify my parent's identity when I enroll in the course?

We are required by the state of Ohio to verify the identity of the parent or legal guardian when a student enrolls in our online Driver Education program. We verify the parent or guardian’s identity using EVS (Electronic Verification Systems), a third-party database authentication system.

During enrollment, the parent or guardian will be prompted to input the last four digits of their Social Security Number. Then, the parent or guardian will be asked four questions based on their personal information. For example, they may be shown four addresses and asked which of the addresses was at one point associated with them. The parent or guardian must answer all four questions correctly to proceed with the enrollment process. If the parent or guardian answers a question incorreclty, they will be prompted to call our Customer Service Representatives, who will ask the parent or guardian another question over the phone to verify their identity.

How do I get a Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC)?

To get your TIPIC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old.
  • You must pass a vision screening.
  • You must pass a knowledge test.
  • You must submit an application for a TIPIC at a driver exam station.
  • You must provide documentary proof of your full legal name, your date of birth, your Social Security Number, and your citizenship or legal presence. You can find out more about acceptable identification documents here. If you are under 18, the application must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian when you submit the application and the co-signer must present either a valid Ohio driver license or a valid Ohio ID.

When you obtain your TIPIC, there are certain restrictions you must follow while driving:

  • If you are under 16, you must have a licensed parent or legal guardian occupying the seat next to you.
  • If you are 16 or older, you must have a licensed driver age 21 or older occupying the seat next to you.

Your TIPIC will expire one year from the date that it is issued.

How do I get my driver license if I am under age 18?

To apply for your driver license, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must hold your TIPIC for at least six months.
  • You must complete a driver education requirement, which includes 24 hours of classroom or online instruction and 8 hours of driving time with a professional driving instructor. You must provide a Certificate of Completion to verify you have completed the driver education requirement. Safe2Drive's course satisfies the 24 hours of required classroom instruction. You will also need to complete the required 8 hours of driving instruction with a professional behind-the-wheel driving school. You can find a list of approved driving schools on the Ohio DPS Driver Training website.
  • You must complete 50 hours of practice driving with a parent or guardian, with at least 10 hours of night driving. These 50 hours of practice driving must be verified with a notarized affidavit signed by your parent or guardian.
  • You must pass a driving skills test.
  • You must submit an application for a driver license at a driver exam station.
  • You must provide documentary proof of your full legal name, your date of birth, your Social Security Number, and your citizenship or legal presence. You can find out more about acceptable identification documents here. If you are under 18, the application must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian when you submit the application and the co-signer must present either a valid Ohio driver license or a valid Ohio ID.

When you obtain your driver license, you will face certain restrictions.

During the First 12 Months of Holding a License

  • You may not operate a vehicle from midnight until 6 a.m. unless:
    • You are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • You are driving to or from work with documentation from your employer.
    • You are driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official.
  • You may not operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • You (the driver) and all passengers must wear safety belts.
  • You (the driver) may not use any mobile devices, including phones.

If you are convicted of a traffic offense within the first six months of having your license, you may be required to be accompanied by your parent or guardian for six months or until you reach age 17.

After the First 12 Months of Holding a License and Under Age 18

  • You may not operate a vehicle from 1 - 5 a.m. unless:
    • You are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • You are driving to or from work with documentation from your employer.
    • You are driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official.
  • You (the driver) and all passengers must wear safety belts.
  • You (the driver) may not use any mobile devices, including phones.

If you receive multiple traffic convictions before your 18th birthday, you may have your license suspended. For alcohol-related convictions, your driver license will be suspended for at least six months.

What is included in the curriculum?

The Ohio Driver's Ed curriculum consists of engaging lessons with:

  • Lecture material
  • Informative videos
  • Interactive animations and slideshows
  • Fun games

Are there lesson quizzes?

Yes. After each lesson, there is a two-question multiple-choice quiz. You must answer both questions correctly to pass the quiz and proceed to the next lesson. You may retake the lesson quiz as many times as necessary to pass.

What happens if I do not pass the lesson quiz?

Most people pass the lesson quiz the first time. However, if you fail a lesson quiz, you may review the lesson material and retake the quiz as many times as necessary until you pass at no additional charge.

Is there a final exam?

Yes. The final exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, and you must score at least 75% to pass. You are allowed 3 attempts to pass the exam, but you may only take the exam once per 24-hour period. Per Ohio's rules, if you fail your third final exam attempt, you will be required to start the course over from the beginning.

How long can I spend on the course each day?

Per Ohio's rules, you are only permitted to spend 4 hours on coursework per 24-hour period. For example, if you start your coursework on Monday at 8 AM, from Monday at 8 AM to 8 AM on Tuesday, you would only be permitted to complete 4 hours of coursework.

How long does the course take to complete?

The online program consists of 24 hours of coursework. You are only permitted to spend 4 hours on coursework per 24-hour period.

How long do I have to finish the course?

Per Ohio's rules, you must complete the course within 6 months of registering or you will be required to start over.

How do I get my course certificate?

There are two certificates that are awarded in Safe2Drive's Ohio Driver Education course:

  • Certificate of Enrollment: The Certificate of Enrollment is awarded after you have completed the first two hours of coursework and made payment for the course (this is after Lesson 3). We will mail the certificate to you. We provide FREE shipping via USPS First-Class Mail, and we also offer expedited shipping options for a fee. When you receive your Certificate of Enrollment, you may begin your behind-the-wheel training with a professional driving school.
  • Certificate of Completion: The Certificate of Completion is awarded after you have completed the course and passed the final exam. We will mail the certificate to you. We provide FREE shipping via USPS First-Class Mail, and we also offer expedited shipping options for a fee. Take this certificate with you when you apply for your driver license. This certificate proves you have completed the classroom portion of driver education.

Where can I find a list of approved driver education schools in Ohio?

You can find a list of approved driver education schools and other helpful information regarding driver training schools on the Ohio Driver Training website.

How much does the course cost and what are my payment options?

The price of the Ohio Driver Education course is $94.95. You may pay by one of the following methods:

  • Credit card online
  • Credit card by phone
  • Check by mail

What is Safe2Drive's privacy policy?

Safe2Drive is committed to protecting our students' privacy and personal information. You can read our full privacy policy here.

 

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