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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 or online instruction
  • 8 hours of driving instruction

Safe2Drive's Ohio Driver Education course will satisfy the 24 hours of online 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, read some information about the course, and you're on your way!

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. 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 six 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 course, which includes 24 hours of classroom or online instruction and 8 hours of driving time. You must provide a Certificate of Completion to verify you have completed the driver education requirement.
  • You must complete 50 hours of practice driving, 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.
  • Once you have completed the above requirements, you must pass a driving skills test.

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 have your license suspended. For alcohol-related convictions, your driver license will be suspended for at least six months.

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We have made every attempt to answer the most commonly asked questions. Please call or email us if your question is not here.

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What does the Ohio Driver Education course consist of?

The Ohio Driver Education course consists of 24 hours of online instruction and a Behind-the-Wheel Guide for students to complete their 50-hour supervised driving requirement.

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. You will also need to complete 50 hours of supervised driving with a licensed driver who is 21 or older.

What are the eligibility requirements?

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

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 six 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 if you are under age 18, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must hold your TIPIC for at least six months.
  • You must complete a driver education course, which includes 24 hours of classroom or online instruction and 8 hours of driving time. You must provide a Certificate of Completion to verify you have completed the driver education requirement.
  • You must complete 50 hours of practice driving, 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.
  • Once you have completed the above requirements, you must pass a driving skills test.

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 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

A short multiple-choice quiz will be given at the end of each lesson. You must get at least 75% on the quiz to move on to the next lesson.

What happens if I do not pass the lesson quiz?

Most people pass each quiz the first time. However, if you fail a lesson quiz, you will have to retake it as many times as necessary until you achieve a 75% or better before moving on to the next lesson.

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 day. Therefore, if you fail the exam, you must wait until the next day (24 hours) to retake it.

Must I finish the entire course in one sitting?

No. You can complete the course at your own pace. We provide 24/7 online access with an unlimited number of logins. Just use your username and password to log in, and we will take you back to where you last left off.

Please note that as per Ohio DPS requirements, you may not complete more than 4 hours of online instruction in a single day.

How long does the program take to complete?

The online program requires 24 hours to complete.

How long do I have to finish the program?

You must complete the course within 6 months of beginning it.

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

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

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

 

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