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Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card


          • The current Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) is reproduced in a digitized format. These cards are issued upon completion of the vision and knowledge tests.
          • The header on the TIPIC is brown. The header bar has the words: "Temp Instr Permit ID" printed on it.


          • The Ohio TIPIC is issued upon completion of the vision and written tests. If you hold an Ohio Identification Card, it must be surrendered when a TIPIC is issued.
          • If your Ohio Driver License, Commercial Driver License, or Motorcycle License expires beyond 6 months, you must start over by completing the vision and knowledge tests and purchasing a new TIPIC (see First Time License Examination). The fee is $22.00. If your current driver license has been expired for more than 6 months and within 2 years, the fee will be $25.00. See Driver License Fee.

If you have a condition that might affect your driving, the examiner will explain the steps you have to take and provide you with a medical packet (form BMV 2058) which must be filled out by your doctor.

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First-Time License Applicants


Vision Examination

Ohio Administrative Code Section 4501:1-1-08

The first part of the pre-temporary driver examination consists of a vision test and color blindness test. Acceptable visual acuities represent Snellen vision acuities as recommended for driver licensing by the American Optometric Association, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and the American Medical Association.

Vision Failure at Renewal Time: If the applicant fails vision test or is unsatisfied with restrictions, the Deputy Registrar will refer them to an eye doctor for correction or to an examining station for a second vision test.


Written Examination


Driving Examination

          • After you have developed your road skills, contact the Ohio Driver License Examination Station (see Ohio County Lists) to schedule a road test. You must take your Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC).
          • If you're under 18 years of age, you must also bring a Driver Education Certificate.
          • You must furnish your own car and it must be in good condition.
          • The road test has two parts: driving test and maneuverability test.
          • After you pass the driving and maneuverability tests, proceed to your local deputy registrar's office to have the driver license issued. You will be required to surrender the TIPIC at the time of the driver license issuance. Refer to Fees for Services for cost information.

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