I failed my road or maneuverability test at the BMV

I failed my road or maneuverability test at the BMV

OHIO EXCLUSIVE: This information applies to new drivers 18 or older that failed a portion of their driving test at the Ohio BMV.

If you fail the road test or maneuverability test at your local BMV and are over the age of 18, you will be required to take a 4-hour Abbreviated Adult Driver Training Course AND do additional behind-the-wheel practice before you can retake the test.

Education Requirement 

You need to complete the 4 hours of online abbreviated adult training or in-person classroom education at a driving school near you. 

Topics Covered:
  1. Chapter 1: Basic Control Tasks
  2. Chapter 2: Traffic Control Devices & Laws
  3. Chapter 3: Perception & Driving Strategies for Different Environments
  4. Chapter 4: Operating in Adverse Conditions
  5. Chapter 5: Driver Fitness 
  6. Chapter 6: Owning & Maintaining a Car
NOTE: Classroom training is not available now due to COVID-19 precautions.


Driving Practice Requirement

You need to complete either:
24 hours of behind-the-wheel training OR 4 hours of driving practice with a driving instructor.

NOTE: You will have to wait at least 7 days before you can retry your driving test. You can only take the driving test 4 times in a 6 month period of time. 

Option #1: I want to do 24 hours of driving practice with someone 21 years or older

Pros and Cons:
  1. You can practice with a family member or friend that you feel comfortable driving with
  2. You can practice during intervals and times that work into your schedule.
  3. There is no cost (other than the gas used while driving).
  4. You cannot practice for more than 4hrs/day. This means that you would need to do 6 days of driving to get 24 hours of driving practice.
  5. It’s time-consuming and will put more mileage and wear on the car.
  6. The cost of gas used over 24 hours of driving practice would only be slightly cheaper than the cost of going to a driving school.

NOTE: To show that you have completed 24 hours of driving practice, the State of Ohio requires that you print out the 24 Hour Affidavit, have it notarized, and bring it with you when you return to the BMV to retake your driving test. To improve your understanding and be best prepared on what you will be tested on, use the Behind-the-Wheel Evaluation Checklist on your practice drives!

Option #2: I want to do 4 hours of driving practice with a licensed driving instructor at a driving school

Pros and Cons:
  1. It's the fastest way to complete the requirement
  2. You benefit from the expertise of someone who knows tips they can share to help you succeed
  3. Some schools offer you the choice of using your own vehicle or using one of theirs
  4. The cost of the school is usually more expensive than driving with a family member
  5. You don’t know your instructor personally

NOTE: If you practice with a licensed driving instructor, the school will provide you with a document that you need to take with you to the BMV.




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