Ohio Teen Driving Laws, Insurance Requirements & Drivers License

Information on Ohio Teen Driving Rules, Insurance Requirements & Drivers License

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The State of Ohio Graduated Driver Law

In 2007 the State of Ohio enacted a law that places restrictions on teen drivers under the age of 18. The law is designed to limit high risk driving situations for teen drivers and to increase adult supervision. Probationary drivers may continue to practice their driving and also have the opportunity to graduate to a less restrictive licensing level.

The Ohio Temporary Permit (License)

Applicants for a State of Ohio Temporary Permit must be a minimum of 15 years and 6 months of age. All applicants must provide proof of age, identity and a social security number. Teen drivers must have their parent or legal guardian sign their permit application and also present valid identification. Prior to receiving a Temporary Permit, the applicant must complete a knowledge test and a vision screening.

Teen Drivers Under 16. Teen drivers under the age of 16 that hold a Temporary Permit may only drive with a licensed parent, legal guardian or certified driving instructor. Once the teen driver has reached the age of 16 they are allowed to drive with any licensed driver that is a minimum of 21 years of age. The accompanying licensed adult driver must occupy the front passenger seat next to the teen driver. The Temporary Permit holder must carry a photo identification card with their application with front and back data at all times while driving.

All Temporary Permit holders must finish 24 hours of class instruction and 8 hours of driving instruction with a certified driving instructor. In addition to this training, the teen driver must complete 50 hours of practice driving with 10 out of the 50 hours being nighttime driving. This practice driving must be documented and certified by the parent or legal guardian of the Temporary Permit holder. The Temporary Permit must be held for a minimum of 6 months before taking the skills test to obtain an Ohio Driver License.

Probationary Restrictions

Teen drivers under the age of 17. Teen drivers under the age of 17 may not carry more than one passenger that is not an immediate family member unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

All drivers with a probationary license that are between the ages of 17 and 18 may not drive between the hours of 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian except for:

  • emergencies
  • driving to or from school sanctioned activity
  • driving to or from employment (must have documentation from employer)

Teen drivers under the age of 17 and Permit holders under the age of 18 may not drive between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM unless they are accompanied by a licensed parent or legal guardian.

Probationary license holders that are convicted of a moving violation within the first 6 months of receiving their probationary license must be accompanied by a licensed parent or legal guardian while driving for a 6 month period after conviction or until the teen driver turns 17. All passengers that are a minimum of 4 years of age and under 15 years of age must be properly restrained with safety belts or an approved child restraint system in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

The State of Ohio Probationary License

Applicants for an Ohio probationary license must be a minimum of 16 years of age and have held their Temporary Permit for a minimum of 6 months. Temporary Permit holders must have completed the driver training requirements that have been outlined above. All teen drivers applicants must complete the State of Ohio driving and maneuverability test before they can receive their Probationary License.

Probationary license holders that are 16 years of age. Probationary license holders that are 16 years of age may not operate a motor vehicle between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian except for:

  • emergencies
  • driving to or from school sanctioned activity
  • driving to or from employment (must have documentation from employer)

Probationary license holder that are 17 years of age may not drive between the hours of 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless they are with a parent or legal guardian with the exceptions listed above. Teen license holders that are 16 years of age may not carry more than one passenger that is not an immediate family member unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Probationary license holders may not drive with more passengers than the total number of safety belts in the vehicle. The State of Ohio Probationary License is valid until the teen driver reaches the age of 18.

Insurance Requirements in the State of Ohio

It is illegal to drive in the State of Ohio without insurance or proof of financial responsibility. The financial responsibility law in Ohio mandates the following coverage:

  • $12,500  Bodily Injury or Death of One Person in One Accident

  • $25,000  Bodily Injury or Death of Two or More Individuals in One Accident

  • $7,500  Injury to the Property of Others in One Accident

For more information on the State of Ohio Insurance Requirements and Financial Responsibility law please use the links provided below.

State of Ohio Source Links for This Information

State of Ohio Website - Graduated License Law

State of Ohio Website - Insurance Requirements in Ohio

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