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How to Get Your Ohio CLP / CDL - Steps to Becoming a Commercial Truck Driver in OH

There are 3 types of Commercial Driver's Licenes available in Ohio, they are as follows:

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Class C
Obtaining any of the aforementioned commercial driver's license types all start with the same steps(obtaining your Commercial Learner's Permit).

Steps Need to Obtain an Ohio Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) and then a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) / in the State of Ohio
  1. Age Requirements for Ohio CLP / CDL
    • You Must Be 18 Years of Age in Order to Drive A Commercial Truck in The State of Ohio (intrastate), While Those Who Are Interested in Driving Out of State (interstate) Must Be 21 Years of Age
  2. License Requirements for Ohio CLP / CDL
    • You Must Hold a Valid State of Ohio Class D Driver’s License (Basic Automobile License)
      • License Must Be In Good Standing, It Cannot Be Revoked Or Suspended And Must Be Valid The Entire Time You Hold A Commercial Permit
  3. What to Study for Your Ohio Commercial Learner's Permit?
  4. Additional Resources Available for Studying
  5. You Must Complete the State of Ohio’s Commercial Learner’s Permit Application
    • You Will Need to Confirm Your Identity
      • Provide proof of identity, one proof of legal presence, two proofs of Ohio residency, and proof of your social security number
  6. You Must Be Able to Meet the State of Ohio’s Commercial Driver's License Medical Standards

If you need help while you are doing research, you can call our Employment Advisors at 715-591-7050. 

Are you looking for a career that has the promise of both long-term job security and a substantial income?

Obtaining a commercial drivers license (CDL) can be the path to that dream. However, if you have no experience, the required training and practice can be a stumbling block. Let's face it, the cost of education for any career field today can make some dreams seem impossible, especially if there's no guarantee of a job when you complete the coursework.

Earn While Training

For anyone interested in a truck driving job, however, a better way exists. Roehl Transport is one of the most respected trucking company names on the highway and has been in business for more than 60 years. Roehl will pay you to get your CDL. From the day you're accepted into the program, you'll be considered an employee of the company. 

During three weeks of intensive training, you'll learn the skills needed to become a driver of the big rigs. You'll receive support and training every step of the way, including the very real expectation of passing the commercial licensing exam on your first attempt. But the good news doesn't end there. There's no need to sweat the job application process with no actual experience to offer.

Once you have your commercial license in hand, you'll begin the next phase of your training. That's right, you move on to Phase Two of what we call our Certified Driver Training. Our students "graduate," and they actually go out on the road, in the "second seat," with a certified driver trainer. The time period varies, but it typically lasts from 19-24 days.

Dedicated to Your Success

During this period, new drivers are fully coached on safety, trip planning and fuel efficiency, maintenance and the operation of the electronic on board log recording systems, freight handling and customer service expectations. You'll be under the watchful eye and supervision of a trainer who is fully invested in your success. It's intensive on-the-job training, but it's worth it.

The next step includes getting a truck and a work assignment. You'll be on the road, receiving full mileage pay, fully in charge of your route and your freight, but you still won't be alone. For the next month or so, during Phase 3 of training, you'll be assigned an individual fleet manager who will help you transition into the fully-trained, competent, reliable driver you were meant to be!

Roehl drivers are on track to earn $70,000+! 

The innovation that Roehl brings to the industry is based on our commitment to keep freight moving across America, and our continuing dedication to the value of thorough training combined with safety and supervision. Our CEO is also a driver, so that commitment runs deep within our company culture. In addition to paid CDL school for new drivers, we offer ongoing programs, like Roehl "Youniversity" for experienced drivers, and a wide variety of career options and resources. 

Interested in learning more? Start an application today!

Roehl Has Several Locations in the State of Ohio

Roehl Transport, Inc.

1644 North Keowee St

Dayton, OH 45404


Roehl Transport, Inc.

W 44233, 1545 W 130th St

Hinckley, OH 44233


Roehl Transport, Inc.

11880 Enterprise Ave

Sharonville, OH 45241


Where Will I Take Part in CDL Training?

Roehl offers CDL training in multiple locations, typically located near our terminals.

Roehl Driver Training Locations (*Note: You Will Be Training at One of the Four Locations Listed Below)

Roehl Transport Marshfield Headquarters

1916 E. 29th Street

Marshfield, WI 54449

Roehl Transport Appleton Terminal

6915 County Rd BB

Neenah, WI 54956

Roehl Transport Atlanta Terminal

4215 Bowman Industrial Ct.

Conley, GA 30288

Roehl Transport Chicago Area Terminal

6700 W. 15th Ave.

Gary, IN 46406


Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles

Ohio CDL Information - Apply For a CLP or CDL


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