How to Obtain a Class B CDL in Ohio

by Kelli Cooper
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A Class B CDL in the state of Ohio allows you to drive commercial vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds and tow vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. Your employer might provide driver training in some capacity. You need to complete several steps before you can get your license. You need to be at least 18 years old to have a CDL license and at least 21 to operate your vehicle outside the state of Ohio.

Step 1

Pass all necessary testing regarding your physical health. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, you must meet certain medical standards set forth by federal and state regulations. You can contact the Ohio Public Utilities Commission for more information on medical requirements. You must also pass a vision test requiring at least 20/50 vision without glasses or contacts and a visual field of at least 70 degrees.

Step 2

Take the knowledge portion of the certification. You will also need to take other tests if your truck has air brakes or if you want to transport certain types of materials or pull trailers, among other things.

Step 3

Apply for a commercial driver instruction permit (CDIP) at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Bring your Social Security card when applying. You cannot get a permit until you pass the knowledge portion of the test and receive medical clearance. The permit allows you to undergo training to learn how to drive a commercial vehicle.

Step 4

Take the skills portion of the test. This will include demonstrating proficiency in how to inspect your vehicle before a trip to determine if it is safe to drive, controlling your vehicle—examples include making turns and driving in reverse and driving the truck in a variety of traffic situations. The instructor will give specific instructions about each test.

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