How to Get Your Ohio Driver's Permit (TIPIC)

In Ohio, all new drivers are required to obtain a Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card TIPIC) learner's permit (also known as temps) in order to begin behind-the-wheel driving training. 

You can apply for your temporary learner's permit at your local Deputy Registrar License Agency. You must be at least 15 and a half years old to apply.

Bring documents to prove:   

  • Ohio residency

  • Your identity

  • Your date of birth

  • Social Security Number

  • Legal U.S. Presence


If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who can provide proof of identification. You will also need to pay any associated fees for your Temporary Permit.

You will need to take a vision examination and a written examination before receiving your temporary permit. The written examination covers Ohio motor vehicle regulations and traffic signs. Our Permit Prep course can help you to pass your temps exam the first time! Review the information in the Ohio BMV Handbook in a convenient, engaging online format that will help you absorb the information needed to ace your permit exam.

Once you have received your temporary learner's permit, you are ready to move forward with your behind-the-wheel training and practice!


  • Your temps driver permit (TIPIC) must be carried at all times while driving.

  • The permit holder must be accompanied by a licensed parent, guardian or certified driving instructor who occupies the seat beside the driver.

  • Once the temps permit holder is at least 16, they may drive with a valid licensed driver 21 years of age or older.

  • All drivers under the age of 17 will not be permitted to operate a vehicle with more than one person who is not a family member unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or legal custodian.

  • Permit holders under the age of 18 are prohibited from driving between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or legal custodian with a valid license.


Permit holders accruing traffic-related violations may be subject to other penalties and probations. See the Ohio BMV site for all TIPIC restrictions. 

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