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The basic requirements for obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL) or commercial learner's permit (CLP) in Ohio include the following: driver must be at least 18 years of age, must possess a valid Ohio driver's license, and must provide proof of citizenship or permanent residency in the United States.
Any driver seeking to obtain a CDL must first apply for a CLP and drive with a properly endorsed CDL holder for at least 14 days. The CLP will be valid for six months and may be renewed once before expiration. All drivers seeking a CDL in the state of Ohio are required to self-certify for the type of driving they plan to do. For detailed information on self-certifying and all of the requirements for obtaining a license or permit, see the Ohio CDL requirements page.