Before you get started on the road to independent driving, you need to know the requirements to obtain a license and the stages of the graduated driver license law (GDL).

The GDL law allows you to gain driving privileges in stages - first, you demonstrate basic driving knowledge to get a permit to practice driving skills under supervision, and then, gain experience driving independently in lower-risk driving situations before receiving a full license. Research shows how state GDL programs have significantly reduced serious crash rates for new teen drivers.

In Ohio, a young driver must:

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Complete a driver education class at a licensed driver training school, which includes 24 hours of classroom or online instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel training.

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Complete 50 hours of in-car practice (10 at night) with a parent or legal guardian.

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Hold a temporary instruction permit for at least six months.