(A) The examination required by paragraph (A) of rule 4501:1-1-07 of the Administrative Code shall consist of three parts; the first part covering physical qualifications shall consist of vision test and an inquiry into any physical disability; the second part shall consist of a written test composed of a minimum of twenty questions equally weighted, in which the applicant must answer correctly seventy-five per cent of said questions covering motor vehicle laws, rules of the road pertaining to safety, regulations of the bureau of motor vehicles as prescribed by the director of public safety, and guidelines established by the federal motor carrier safety administration; the third part shall consist of a written test composed of a minimum of twenty questions equally weighted, in which the applicant must answer correctly seventy-five per cent of said questions covering highway warnings and traffic signs, signaling devices and directions given in the English language. The reference document for the material covered in the tests described in part two and three will be the official "Ohio Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws" as prescribed by the director of public safety and as it may be amended and revised from time to time.
(B) The examination required by paragraph (B) of rule 4501:1-1-07 of the Administrative Code for commercial driver applicants shall consist of a vision test and color blindness test and a written test of general commercial driver knowledge composed of a minimum of fifty questions equally weighted, of which the applicant must answer eighty per cent correctly (forty correct answers) in order to pass. In addition, an applicant who wishes to qualify for special endorsements must answer correctly eighty per cent of the questions in each specific category as follows: combination vehicles, twenty questions (sixteen correct answers); double or triple vehicles, twenty questions (sixteen correct answers); hazardous materials, thirty questions (twenty-four correct answers); passenger transport, twenty questions (sixteen correct answers); tankers, twenty questions (sixteen correct answers); or, school bus, twenty questions (sixteen correct answers). Any applicant who does not take or fails to answer correctly eighty percent of the twenty-five questions (twenty correct answers) on the air brakes test shall be restricted from operating a vehicle equipped with air brakes.
(C) The tests concerning the signs, signals and directions designated by the director of transportation, the motor vehicle laws, the rules of the road, and the rules and regulations and the written portion of the commercial driver's license examinations may be taken orally if the applicant is determined by the examiner to be illiterate except that the test for hazardous materials and school bus must be taken in English in written or electronic form.
(D) Except as otherwise provided in this rule, the department of public safety may develop versions of the knowledge portion of the examination required by paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule that can be taken in languages other than English in written or electronic form. If an applicant for a driver's license wishes to take the knowledge examination in a language other than English, an interpreter may provide translation assistance to the applicant unless the department has developed a written or electronic version of the examination in a language in which the applicant is fluent, in which case the applicant must take that written or electronic version of the examination without the assistance of an interpreter.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 01/19/2016 and 01/15/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4501.02, 4506.09, 4507.01
Rule Amplifies: 4506.03, 4506.07, 4506.12, 4507.05
Prior Effective Dates: 2/8/68, 12/27/89 (Emer.), 7/9/90, 12/11/05, 4/23/06, 8/13/07, 3/21/11