New law changes process for adults getting drivers’ licenses

About 86,000 Ohio adults a year typically fail the driver's exam

Ohio reveals a new design for its driver licenses and I.D. cards.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Drivers’ education courses will become mandatory for adults who fail the driving test on their first try, starting Saturday.

The courses will include a four hour in-person or online program and behind-the wheel training with an instructor, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

While teenage drivers are required to take the courses before they apply for a license, those who are 18 years or older can take the test without them until Saturday.

Greg Anderson, a driving instructor at All Star Driving School, said this new law means seats will fill up quickly in his driving school.

“They’re not prepared for the technically correct turns that are required. They’re not prepared for the maneuverability portion or the backing drill, so I would expect that there’s going to be more adults coming,” he said.

Legislators are looking at new rules for teens, too.

A House bill introduced Tuesday would require teens to have a temporary drivers permit for a year before taking a driver’s test.

Currently, teens only hold those permits for up to six months.

Under the bill, newly-licensed teens would not be allowed to drive between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

About 86,000 Ohio adults a year typically fail the driver’s exam.


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