Ohio CDL License Requirements

To start your truck driving career in Ohio, you may require an Ohio commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses may vary slightly from state to state, Ohio categorizes commercial vehicles as follows:

  • Class A: Combination vehicles that have a gross combined weight rating of more than 26,001 pounds, if the vehicle(s) towed are over 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: A single vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles able to transport 16 or more people, including the driver, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials that require special placards

To qualify for a CDL in Ohio, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Ohio driver's license, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. To transport cargo across state lines, federal regulations require truck drivers to be at least 21 years old. The interstate transportation of cargo is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and not by state governments. Applicants then need to take a general knowledge exam and a skills test. The three part skills test includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic vehicle control test, and an on-road driving test. The State of Ohio requires that applicants test in the class of vehicle for which they are trying to obtain a CDL--for example, you must test in a Class A vehicle if you wish to obtain a Class A CDL. Ref: http://www.dmv-department-of-motor-vehicles.com/OH_Ohio_dmv_department_of_motor_vehicles.htm

To drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck, a school bus or a truck with double/triple trailers, additional endorsements are needed. Endorsements may be needed to transport hazardous materials or to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver). To transport hazardous materials (also referred to as a Hazmat endorsement), a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check may be required. A truck driving school may provide you with the knowledge and on-road driving skills needed to pass the Ohio CDL exams.

Resources for Ohio CDL Requirements

Visit the Ohio Department of Public Safety Bureau of Motor Vehicles website for more information.

Learn more about Ohio trucking schools.