Before you call Capital Transportation Academy or any Commercial Truck Driving program, it’s best to acquire a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before enrolling in a school.

Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria to obtain a CLP in Ohio. You must be at least 18 for intrastate driving (within Ohio) or 21 for interstate driving (across state lines). You should also have a valid Ohio driver’s license AND provide proof of citizenship or legal presence in the United States.

Obtain a copy of the Ohio Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Manual. You can download it from the Ohio Department of Public Safety here or obtain a printed copy from a local BMV office. Study the first 6 (six) sections of the manual. The subjects to study are GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, AIR BRAKES, and COMBINATION VEHICLES.

The test usually consists of multiple-choice questions about general trucking knowledge, road rules, and safety procedures. Passing scores may vary, but it is typically around 80%.

The knowledge test is available Tuesday through Saturday at the following locations;

Franklin County DX Morse Road
990 Morse Road, Suite B, Columbus, OH 43229
Franklin County DX Alum Creek
1583 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43209
Franklin County DX Hilliard
4738 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, OH 43026


If you pass the test, you will receive a CLP. Your CLP will be valid for 180 days. However, it can be renewed for an additional 180 days if needed. Note that there may be restrictions on when and where to operate a commercial vehicle with a CLP.

Decide if you need any endorsements or restrictions on your CLP. Endorsements are additional qualifications that allow you to operate specific types of commercial vehicles, such as those carrying hazardous materials or passengers. The restrictions may limit the type of vehicle or conditions under which you can operate.


Follow these restrictions carefully to avoid any violations. It’s important to remember that the steps provided are a general guide, and specific requirements and processes may vary. For accurate and up-to-date information, visit the official Ohio BMV website or contact your local BMV office for detailed instructions on acquiring a commercial learner’s permit in Ohio.