- You must be at least 18 years old in the state of Ohio, and hold a valid Ohio state drivers license in order to get a CDL or CDL permit.
- You will need to bring your Social Security card to the licensing office. This is a mandatory requirement.
- If you are issued a commercial drivers license instruction permit, this means you may operate a commercial motor vehicle only when accompanied by a fully licensed commercial driver. His or her license must be valid for the type of vehicle you are operating, and they must occupy the seat beside you for the purpose of giving instruction.
- Your CDL instruction permit is only valid for six months, and cannot be renewed. If you let it expire, you must buy a new permit ($25.50) and retake the vision and knowledge tests.
- You must take and successfully pass all the written knowledge tests before you are eligible to take the driving test.
- You should allow 90 minutes for the skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and a road test. It is your responsibility to provide a vehicle the same as the class of license you are applying for.
- If you surrender your CDL license or any endorsement, you will be required to pay applicable fees and retake both the knowledge tests as well as the skills tests to obtain a new CDL.
Fees you may be required to pay include the following:
$10 for the pre-trip inspection test
$10 for the basic vehicle control test
$30 for the on road driving portion of the test
If you schedule an appointment with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, you may also have to pay an appointment fee of $50 at the time you schedule.
If you have additional questions or need more information about CDL training in Ohio, you can contact the Ohio Department of Public Safety at the following address:
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6520
You may also visit their website by clicking the following link: http://bmv.ohio.gov/cdl.stm#tog