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Ohio’s Rules For Obtaining A License (Teen Drivers Beware)

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Obtaining a license has changed for teen drivers in Ohio. Ohio employs a three-step process to obtaining a license.

The first step begins when you turn 15 1/2. At this time you may apply for a temporary permit and take the drivers license knowledge exam and the eye test.  If you pass you will receive a confirmation number to present to your local BMV. You are required to bring a copy of your birth certificate and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When you are  driving with a temporary permit, you must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or licensed driving instructor seated in the front passenger seat until you turn 16 years old. At 16, you can  drive with a licensed driver age 21 or older seated in the front passenger seat. You must carry your temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC) with you while driving.

These additional rules apply to temporary (TIPIC) drivers:

  • You may not drive with more passengers than the total number or originally installed seat belts and all passengers must be wearing seat belts.
  • You may not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed parent, guardian or legal custodian.
  • You must receive a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of behind-the-wheel instruction in driver training.
  • You must complete 50 hours of driving with a parent or legal guardian, including at least 10 hours of nighttime driving. Your parents or guardians must verify the hours in writing.

After turning 16 and having had your temporary permit for 6 months, you will be eligible to go to your local BMV to take the driving test and a second vision test. At this time you will present proof that you completed 50 hours of driving time. Upon completing these steps you will be issued your probationary license. Make sure a parent comes with you to sign the application form or get your parent’s notarized signature on the form ahead of time.

Now that you have a probationary license, you are allowed to drive without a parent.  But certain restrictions still apply.  If you have held a probationary license for less than 12 months, you may not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can drive to and from work but you must have in your possession written documentation from your job. You can also drive to or from a school activity, or in an emergency. You may also not drive with more than one passenger who is not a family member unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or legal custodian.

After you have driven for one year under the probationary license, Ohio extends your curfew (but not by much). You may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with the same exceptions as above. You may not have more passengers than the total number of originally installed seat belts and all passengers must be wearing seat belts. The probationary license is valid until age 18.

At age 18, teen drivers are eligible for a full license if they have successfully completed the probationary license requirements. License applicants age 18 or older who fail the required road or maneuverability test must take an abbreviated driver training course prior to attempting the test a second or subsequent time.

But what if you break the rules?

If you are under 17 and have a probationary license, and if you are convicted of having committed a moving violation during the first 6 months of license issuance, you must then only drive when accompanied by a parent or guardian for the next 6 months or until you turn 17, whichever comes first. Your temporary permit or probationary license can be suspended for periods of up to one year if you are convicted of multiple moving violations or any alcohol-related offense. If your temporary permit or probationary license is suspended, you must meet a number of requirements before your permit or license can be returned, including completion of a juvenile driver improvement program and retaking the driver’s examination.  Ohio’s “zero tolerance” law makes it illegal for teen drivers (under age 21) to drive with a blood alcohol content of .02 or greater.

Teen drivers facing an Ohio OVI offense, please give us a call!

 

Kettering Municipal Court Traffic Safety Program (by DaytonDUI)

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Kettering Municipal Court offers a Traffic Safety Program for eligible participants which allows you to attend a class instead of receiving points for your traffic citation(s). Classes are held monthly on a Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are taught by police officers at either the Kettering Police Department, 3600 Shroyer Road, or the Centerville Police Department, 155 W. Spring Valley Road. Upon successful completion of the program, your citation will be dismissed and will not appear on your driving record, and you will receive no points on your driving record.

You may be eligible for the Traffic Safety Program if:

  • You can provide proof of automobile insurance
  • Your traffic violation does not have any accompanying criminal charges
  • You have not had a moving traffic violation within the last 24 months
  • You have not been through the Kettering Traffic Safety Program within the last 24 months
  • You plead guilty to the offense by signing the back of your ticket
  • You have not already paid the fine for your citation
  • You must register and pay for the class by the court date listed on your citation

In addition, if you were cited for any of the following violations, you will not be eligible for the program:

  • Driving under suspension
  • Driving under the influence (of alcohol or other drugs)
  • Drag Racing
  • Reckless operation/fleeing police
  • Passing a school bus and school zone violations 10 mph or more over the limit
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Traffic accident violations and violations that may result in liability issues
  • Intentional damage to property or injury to persons

The Traffic Safety Program Director has the right to deny entry to anyone based on past history or inability to meet program criteria.

Sign Up for the Program

If you would like to sign up for the Traffic Safety Program, you must apply in person at Kettering Municipal Court Probation Department. Be sure to come in to apply on or before your court date.

Please be aware: failure to attend the class when assigned will result in a guilty plea being accepted by the Court and the fee for the program will be applied to court costs, fines and school costs. For questions about the program, please contact our Probation Department at 937-296-3328.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.