Ohio Driver’s License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my OH Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions
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At what age can I apply for my permit in Ohio?You may apply for your permit as early as age 15½ years old.
Are there any documents I will need to have when I go to apply for my license in Ohio?As a matter of fact, there are. You are expected to bring official documents that prove the following:
- Your Legal Name and Date of Birth (Birth Certificate, Certified Copy of Court Order, Valid Passport, etc)
- Your Social Security Number (SSN Card, Medical Records, Department of Human Services Card)
- Your U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Legal Presence (Certified Birth Certificate, Naturalization Form, Valid Passport)
- Your Resident Street Address in Ohio.( Utility Bill, Mortgage Document, School Record)
Where is the nearest place to go to apply for my first driver’s license in Ohio?When you are ready to apply for your first license, take your acceptable forms of ID to the State Highway Patrol exam station, also known as the BMV office. Prepare to have your eyes examined, picture taken and be able to answer questions regarding your physical and mental state of health. When you successfully complete your written test, go to a Deputy Registrar office to get your permit packet. If you need additional help finding your local office, log onto www.bmv.ohio.gov.
How can I contact my nearest Ohio BMV office?You will have no problems contacting them. Just call (614) 752-7500 or go online to http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/contact.stm
Who can bring me for my permit test in Ohio?Ohio is much stricter than other states regarding who can bring you for your permit. If you are over age 18, anyone age 21 or older can bring you. If you are younger than 18, your legal guardian must bring you. They are there to co-sign for your permit packet. If it is impossible for your parent or legal guardian to bring you, you will need to substitute them for someone who qualifies as a “responsible”. They will need to bring 2 forms of ID. To find out more about this just go to www.bmv.ohio.gov.
Do I need a physical in order to get a permit in Ohio?When you go in to apply for your permit, you will be asked questions about your physical and mental health. If you state that you have a medical condition that may possibly affect your driving, the following will happen:
- Take medical form BMV 2310A
- Return in within 30 days
- Examiner mails form BMV 2003 (to include vision and written scores) to BMV in 2341 envelope
- Decision will be made concerning you getting your driver’s license or not.
Will I need a vision test when I go to apply for my Ohio driver’s license?Yes. You will be given a vision exam that will screen your eyes for acuity, horizontal fields, and color blindness.
Where do I get my Ohio driver’s license taken?No need to worry about that. You will have your driver’s license photo taken at the BMV when you go in to take your exam. It’s a simple process and it won’t take long at all. Look your Best!
What do I do after I apply for my license in Ohio?Applying for a license in Ohio is a process. First, you have to obtain your packet and pass your vision test and written test. Next, you have to wait at least 6 months before scheduling a road test. During your 6 month wait, you must acquire at least 24 hours of classroom education, 8 hours of driving time with a certified instructor and 50 hours of driving time with a licensed driver. At least 10 of those hours must be night time driving.
Do I need to put up hair when taking driver’s license photo?You may wear your hair the same way you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
What make-up to wear when I get my OH driver’s license picture taken?Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver’s license picture?Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face!
I have a question that’s not answered above. What do I do?If you can’t find the answer to your question above, please use our Beginner Driver Q & A Section to get a professional answer from our experts! If you need any further assistance, you’re welcome to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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