Ohio CDL Practice Test

We've broken our Ohio CDL practice tests into 16 categories which will cover the entire CDL permit exam, all of the CDL endorsement exams, and your job duties as a driver.

  • Ohio Driving Rules & Regulations

    Driving Rules And Regulations will cover the basics like who needs a CDL, CDL classifications, CDL reqiurements and disqualifications, and why special CDL endorsements are sometimes required.

  • Ohio Transporting Cargo Safely

    Transporting Cargo will cover the different terms related to truck and cargo weights, driver responsibilities regarding overweight trucks, the safe loading of cargo, and cargo securement.

  • Ohio Safe Driving

    Safe Driving will cover the basics of a pre-trip inspection, basic control and backing, speed and lane control, managing space around your vehicle, and driving in poor weather conditions.

  • Ohio Transporting Passengers

    Transporting Passengers is required for the passenger endorsement and will cover the basics of a pre-trip inspection for a bus, loading and securing passenger cargo, and school bus safety.

  • Ohio School Bus

    The School Bus Endorsement is required in some states for driving a school bus. This section covers loading and unloading passengers safely, bus inspection, and regulations for passenger transport.

  • Ohio Air Brakes

    Air Brakes will cover the various parts of an air brake system, air brake inspection, proper braking techniques, the differences between air brakes and hydraulic brakes, and stopping distance.

  • Ohio Combination Vehicles

    Combination Vehicles is a requirement for driving a tractor trailer and will cover combination vehicle air brakes, coupling and uncoupling trailers, and combination vehicle air brake inspection.

  • Ohio Doubles And Triples

    Doubles And Triples is an endorsement needed to pull double trailers or triple trailers and will cover coupling and uncoupling of doubles and triples, inspection, and air brake tests.

  • Ohio Tankers

    Tankers is a required endorsement to pull tanker trailers or large totes of liquid and will cover the pre-trip inspection of tankers, tanker loading, and safe driving for tankers.

  • Ohio Hazardous Materials

    Hazardous Materials is an endorsement required to pull hazardous cargo and covers labels and placards, loading and unloading hazardous materials, parking and routing, and emergency response.

  • Ohio Pre-Trip Inspection

    Pre-Trip Inspection will cover the inspection of the outside of the truck, the air brake system, inspection of the trailer, engine start and check, and driver responsibilities.

  • Ohio Driving Exam

    Driving Exam will cover the reqiurements for passing the CDL driving exam, the CDL driving exam scoring system, upgrades and downgrades, and the basics of the driving exam itself.

  • Ohio Logbook Rules

    Logbook Rules is not a requirement for the CDL permit or endorsements but it's critical for doing your job. This is a very thorough section which covers all of the rules governing the logbook.

  • Ohio Weight Distribution

    Weight Distribution is not a requirement for the permit or endorsements but is critical for doing your job. It will cover cargo loading, weight distribution, fuel calculations, and center of gravity.

  • Ohio Flatbed Cargo Securement

    Flatbed Cargo Securement is not required unless you're pulling a flatbed. This section covers tiedown components, securing devices, working load limits, and requirements for different types of freight.

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CDL Permit Requirements

There is a fee of $27.00 in Ohio to obtain a CDL Temporary Permit.

  • Drivers seeking to obtain a CDL or CLP must self-certify their type of driving.
  • Drivers must be at least 18 years old for intrastate commerce and 21 for interstate commerce or to transport hazardous materials
  • Possess a valid Ohio driver license
  • Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Provide proof of identity including social security number and birthdate
  • Provide proof of residence
  • The ability to pass a vision test

Testing locations and hours

Applicants may take the knowledge exam at any Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles. To find an office near you visit the BMV Locations site. Office hours vary by location, most offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with early Saturday hours as well. All locations are closed during state observed holidays, check with your local office to verify open hours and availability to take the knowledge exam.

General Knowledge Exam

The General Knowledge exam is a written test comprised of 50 questions, of which applicants must answer at least 40 correct to get a passing score of 80%. To prepare for the exam, it is recommended you take a certified course in CDL Training as well as CDL Practice Tests in Ohio. Use the official Ohio Commercial Driver's Manual as a study guide. The manual covers the following topics, which will be on the exam:

  • Driving Safely - Covers vehicle inspection, basic control of your vehicle, shifting gears, fires, crash procedures, skid control and recovery, seeing hazards, controlling speed, managing space, driving in various conditions including night, fog, winter, hot weather, mountains and more.
  • Transporting Cargo Safely - Covers inspecting cargo, weight and balance, securing cargo, and cargo needing special attention.
  • Transporting Passengers - Covers when a passenger endorsement is required, vehicle inspection, loading and trip start, on the road, after trip vehicle inspection, prohibited practices, use of brake door interlocks.
  • Air Brakes - Covers the parts of an air brake system, dual air brake, inspecting air brake systems, and using air brakes.
  • Combination Vehicles - Covers driving combination vehicles safely, combination vehicle air brakes, antilock brake systems, coupling and uncoupling, and inspecting a combination vehicle.
  • Doubles and Triples - Covers pulling double and triple trailers, coupling and uncoupling, inspecting doubles and triples, doubles and triples air brake check.
  • Tank Vehicles - Covers inspecting tank vehicles, driving tank vehicles and safe driving rules.
  • Hazardous Materials - Covers the intent of the regulations, hazardous materials transportation, communication rules, loading and unloading, bulk packaging marking, driving and parking rules, emergencies and glossary.
  • School Bus - Covers danger zones and use of mirrors, loading and unloading, emergency exit and evacuation, railroad-highway grade crossings, student management, antilock braking systems, and special safety considerations.

Military Exemptions

To qualify for the veteran skills test waiver, you must meet certain requirements outlined by the federal government. These include:

  • Military truck driving experience of at least two years.
  • Application within one year of discharge.
  • Must pass written knowledge test.
  • Possession of only one (with the exception of a military drivers license) drivers license in the last two years that has not been suspended, revoked or cancelled.
  • No qualifying CDL offenses
  • No serious traffic violations in any vehicle within the last two years

If the applicant meets these requirements, they must complete the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver (Form CDL-ST WVR), including the section to be filled out by the Commanding Officer.

CLP Test

A knowledge test is required for each class of vehicle, for each endorsement and to remove the air brake restriction. If any knowledge test is failed, the applicant must wait one day to retest. The following are endorsements which can be added to your CDL, not all can be added to CLP:

  • H - Hazmat; authorizes driver to drive a vehicle transporting hazardous materials in an amount requiring placarding
  • T - Double/ Triple Trailers; Authorizes driver to drive a vehicle with double or triple trailers that create more than one articulation point for the combination
  • P - Passenger; Authorizes driver to drive vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver
  • N - Tanker; Authorizes driver to drive tank vehicles
  • S - School Bus - Authorizes driver to drive school buses transporting children.
  • X - Tanker/Hazmat - Authorizes driver to drive tank vehicles and hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.

Facts About Commercial Learners Permit in Ohio

  • After a CDL is issued, adding a passenger endorsement, upgrading the license or removing a restriction require both knowledge and skills tests.
  • CLP is valid for six months
  • CLP can be renewed once before it expires, a renewal fee may apply
  • While you possess a CLP, you are only permitted to drive with a full CDL holder in the vehicle, and driver's must stay on public roads.
  • CLP holder must hold a valid driver's license from the same state as the CLP until the applicant possesses a valid CDL
  • Driver's must possess a CLP for 14 days before applying for a full CDL.
  • To pass the CDL vision requirements, applicants must have vision in both eyes, have a minimum of 20/40 in each eye with or without corrective lenses and have a field of vision of at least 70 degrees.

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