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To obtain a CDL or Commercial Learner Permit (CLP), a driver is required to be at least 18 years old, possess a valid Ohio driver license, and provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States.
A knowledge test is required for each class of vehicle, for each endorsement and to remove the air brake restriction. If any knowledge test is failed, the applicant must wait one day to retest.
The driver must provide a vehicle appropriate for the class of license he or she is applying for, including a bus (designed to carry 16 or more persons including the driver) if applying for a passenger endorsement. Third-party testing sites may have vehicles available for rent.
If any part of the skills test is failed, driver must wait one week to retest.
Skills testing consists of:
When applying for a CDL renewal or upgrade, the driver must provide any updated information, complete any additional testing, and provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States.
In order to qualify for a CDL a driver must:
If a driver has a K restriction (intrastate driving only), he or she must obtain a vision waiver from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to drive for a company regulated by the Public Commission Utilities of Ohio.
At a state-owned testing facility, a CDL Test Receipt first must be purchased at any deputy registrar agency.
At a third-party testing facility, fees are paid on site.
Out-of-state applicants may take the Ohio CDL skills test with an out-of-state CLP as long as the driver presents a current out-of-state driver license and a completion certificate from an Ohio truck driving school. Additionally, out-of-state applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States.
Ohio Revised Code: 4506.10
Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-1-20 (E) (1) (4)
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