Ohio CDL Requirements

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Ohio CDL Requirements

The minimum requirements for every applicant seeking either a CLP or CDL in Ohio include the following:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and meet requirements for an Ohio driver's license
  • Certify that you are in agreement with Ohio's motor carrier safety regulations
  • Provide proof of passing score on medical exam
  • Provide proof of passing score on vision exam
  • Provide proof of legal presence and Ohio residency (Social Security number will be required)

(Acceptable documents for proof legal presence include: a valid passport, visa, I-94, DS2019 or I-20 and proof of Social Security number)

Applicants for either a CLP or CDL who meet the above requirements may then pay the applicable fees and prepare for testing. You will be required to pass the appropriate knowledge tests, which vary slightly depending on the class of vehicle you will be driving, as well as a skills test, which covers:

  • pre-trip inspection
  • basic maneuverability
  • a road test

The knowledge tests can be completed at any driver exam station in Ohio, and skills tests can be completed at any CDL skills testing location in Ohio. The road test portion of your skills test must be completed in the type of vehicle you plan to drive with your CDL.

Driver Self-Certification in Ohio

Applicants for either a CLP or a CDL must self-certify the type of driving they plan to do, as described in the following four categories defined by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Self-certification can be done online (except for category 1), by email, mail or fax, or in person at any deputy registrar license agency.

Category 1

Non-Excepted Interstate: CDL holders who drive across state lines or transport freight that has or will cross state lines and must meet federal medical requirements subject to 49 CFR part 391. Driver must submit a medical card to the Ohio BMV.

Category 2

Excepted Interstate: CDL holders who drive across state lines but do not need to meet federal medical requirements. Operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted under 49 CFR 390.3(f), 391.2, 39168 or 398.3.

Category 3

Non-Excepted Intrastate: CDL holders who drive exclusively in Ohio and do not drive across state lines but are required to meet state medical requirements.

Category 4

Excepted Intrastate: CDL holders who do not use the CDL for business purposes and are not required to meet state medical requirements. Operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted from all or part of the state driver qualification requirements (R.C. 4506.03(B)(1-10))