Husted Announces Upgrades for Obtaining, Renewing a CDL

DAYTON, Ohio – Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Tuesday announced three upgrades for Ohio truck drivers to make obtaining and renewing a Commercial Driver’s License easier without lowering standards.

Husted made the announcement at ABF Freight in Dayton, along with the Ohio BMV and representatives from the Ohio Trucking Association and Ohio Teamsters. 

“Ohio is the heart of manufacturing and logistics in the country,” Husted said. “Freight infrastructure has made our state an anchor for global and domestic supply chains. We want Ohio to be the best state in the country for truck drivers to live, work and raise a family, and through these kinds of technological upgrades, in which it’s easier for truckers to comply, we’re eliminating friction and taking meaningful steps in that direction.”

Husted highlighted three specific CDL improvements:

  • Beginning this month, Ohio truckers can now renew their CDL online. 
  • CDL testing has been modernized so Ohio truckers seeking their CDL are tested on real-world scenarios. The updated test will more accurately require knowledge of modern vehicles and skills needed for a CDL holder to safely operate a vehicle.
  • The Commercial Learner’s Permit has been increased from six months to 12 months, giving individuals an additional six months of commercial driver training before it expires and saving them money from having to purchase a CLP every six months.

“These latest CDL improvements for Ohio truckers are the latest in a series of BMV innovations in collaboration with InnovateOhio,” said Ohio BMV Registrar Charlie Norman. “To date, these modernizations have saved Ohioans over 4.5 million trips to deputy registrar locations and more than 500,000 hours of standing in line.”

There are more than 388,000 active Commercial Drivers Licenses in Ohio, and currently has more than 7,000 jobs posted for CDL holders in Ohio.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.