CDL Testing Locations in Ohio

Ohio Requirements for a CDL and Where to Take the Tests

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Commercial driver's licenses and learner's permits tend to be heavily regulated in all states, and Ohio is no exception. A CDL is required to operate most large commercial vehicles. In most cases, you can't even apply for a job in commercial trucking without one. 

Vehicles That Require a CDL 

Ohio considers any vehicle that weighs in excess of 26,001 pounds to be "large," so the driver must have a valid and current CDL to operate it. In the case of trailers, it's the combined weight that counts if the trailer or vehicle being towed weighs 10,000 pounds or more. If the truck has an F placard and will be hauling or carrying hazardous materials, no weight limits apply – a CDL is required.

Operating a school bus or other vehicle that is intended to transport more than 16 passengers requires a CDL, as well as any vehicles that are defined as commercial by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Learner's Permit

You'll need a current Ohio driver's license and you must be at least 18 years old to apply for an Ohio CLP. You must be a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. The CLP is valid for six months and can be renewed once. It allows you to drive the type of commercial vehicle you've cited in your application on the highway if a CDL holder accompanies you. The holder must be endorsed by the Ohio BMV specifically for the type of vehicle you're driving. 

Driver's License

You must pass a knowledge test for each type of vehicle you wish to be licensed to drive in order to move up from your CLP and it's restrictions to a CDL. You must also pass a skills test, and you're responsible for providing the vehicle for the test. It must be of the same type that you're seeking a license to operate. The skills test includes maneuverability and a road test, as well as a pre-trip inspection. A vision test or a vision waiver from the federal government is also required. 

You may have to undergo additional testing if, after receiving your CDL, you want to upgrade it or renew it. 

Where to Go for Testing

You can go to any Driver Exam Station in Ohio to take your knowledge test. The skills test can be taken at a state-operated facility or at a testing location operated by a third-party that's approved by the state. It costs somewhat more to take the test at a third-party location. 

State-Operated Skills Testing Locations:

  • 1361 East Main Street, Newark, 740-345-4818
  • 8730 Lake Road, Seville, 330-769-5090
  • 8210 County Road 140, Findlay, 419-423-2841
  • 25 McCarthy Lane, Jackson, 740-286-4245
  • 3701 Tytus Avenue, Middletown, 513-217-4742

Third-Party Operated Skills Testing Locations:

  • Atlas CDL Testing Company, 1211 3rd St NW, Massillon, 330-809-0791
  • CDL of Northern Ohio, 3905 State Route 103, Willard, 800-446-8875
  • CDL Testing, Inc, 4060 Perimeter Drive, Columbus, 614-294-3684
  • Northwest CDL Center, 26718 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, 419-837-9400
  • Pike County Joint Vocational School, 175 Beaver Creek Road, Piketon, 740-289-5860
  • Rathburn Enterprises, 1688 Pricetown Road, Lake Milton, 330-538-2216
  • Commercial Transportation Testing, 1475 Upper Valley Pike, Suite 140, Springfield, 877-384-6902
  • US America/ Manufacturing Inc., 8334 State Route 36, Gnadenhutten, 740-254-9313
  • Warren County Education Service Ctr., 5140 Princeton-Glendale Road, Liberty Township, 513-695-2927