The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) requires commercial driver training schools, Class D driver training schools, abbreviated adult driver training schools and commercial driver license third party testing centers to acquire the necessary license with the Department’s Office of Driver Training and a surety bond before operation may begin.
Education institutions offering in-person or online training/schooling for Class D, abbreviated adult, and/or commercial driver licenses must file a Driver Training School License Bond, and third party institutions that offer commercial driver license testing are required to file a CDL Third Party Tester Bond.
Jet provides Driver Training and Testing License Bonds as a financial assurance to the ODPS that all license terms and conditions will be followed by the school or testing center. The surety bond also acts as a financial guarantee for damaged students and the Department if a license violation, fraudulent testing, or unfulfilled training occurs.
Jet Insurance Company is a direct surety provider. We cut out middlemen agents and brokers in order to offer you low rates and an online bond application that can be completed in minutes!
Institutions applying for an abbreviated adult or Class D driver training school license must file a Ohio Driver Training School License Bond in an amount sufficient to cover the potential cost of reimbursing students for unfulfilled training; a minimum bond limit of $10,000 is required with an add on of $2,000 for each additional school location.
Those applying for a CDL training school license must file the surety bond in an amount that can sufficiently cover the cost of reimbursing students as well; a minimum bond limit of $50,000 is required.
For applicants of a CDL third party tester license, the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Director will determine the custom bond limit for the CDL Third Party Tester Bond based on the estimated cost of retesting the center’s students if violations occur.
At Jet, prices for the Ohio Driver Training School License Bond and CDL Third Party Tester Bond are based on a small percentage of the custom bond limit and personal credit of the applicant. Those applying for a $10,000 bond amount can pay as low as $100 annually or $10 monthly. Take a look at our chart below for additional bond limits and preferred tier rates.
A great advantage of choosing Jet as your surety provider is the ability to pay for your bond monthly. Just set up payment and keep your bond active for as long as you'd like!
One of the many tasks of the Ohio Department of Public Safety is to manage the licensing and regulation of driver training schools and third party testing centers. This is done to ensure that the Ohio public will receive proper driver education and testing, as well as receive financial protection along with the ODPS. Public Ohio schools and government entities are exempt from the bonding requirements listed below.
The Driver Training School License Bond is required by the ODPS to provide an assurance that students will be reimbursed for prepaid fees if they face financial losses due to the school not fulfilling their course or training obligations. When the school refuses to or is unable to refund students for such payments, the surety bond held by Jet will cover the cost of those payments.
The CDL Third Party Tester Bond is required by the ODPS to create a greater level of accountability of the testing center to follow all license regulations, and provides a financial guarantee for the ODPS if retesting of compromised students is ever needed. The surety bond will be used to reimburse the ODPS for the cost of retesting and any other fees attributed to the testing center’s license violation.
Jet’s bond applications are quick and can be done completely from the comfort of your home. The online prompt will begin by asking for general information such as your contact info, required bond limit, and personal social security number for a soft credit check. This is only done to get you an approved rate and won't affect your current score so don't worry! Approved pricing options will be ready immediately for purchase online. Just fulfill payment and receive a copy of the bond and your receipt right away.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety requires both the Driver Training School License Bond and the CDL Third Party Tester Bond to be filed as a signed copy with their assigned Office of Driver Training.
If you apply for your bond with Jet, we can take care of the filing process for you! However, if you would prefer to file your bond yourself, perhaps with the necessary license forms, you can select this option at check out.
The signed copy of your surety bond and any additional paperwork should be sent to the following mailing address:
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Office of Driver Training
1970 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43228
If you are in need of further information, the ODPS has a “Resources for Schools” webpage that is helpful for first time license applicants.
At Jet, you can cancel your bond at any time! Just send us a written request to [email protected] and we will begin the process. The Ohio Department of Public Safety requires bond termination notices to be sent by certified mail to their office. Once received, the Director will release your liability and Jets within the designated timeline? the Driver Training School License Bond has a required 10-day liability period and the CDL Third Party Tester Bond has a required 30-day liability period.
Regarding refunds, a Jet team member will review your bond for any unused premium once cancellation is requested. If available, a reimbursement for such will be sent to you as soon as the liability period has ended.
For those who are on a monthly bond plan, payment will be required during the liability period as the bond remains active during that timeline. Payments will immediately cease once the bond has been officially cancelled.
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, your bond expiration date will depend on your license type. Those who hold the following licenses will have their Driver Training School License Bond expire on 12/31 annually:
Holders of the Commercial Driver License- Driver Training School License have the advantage of a custom bond expiration date.
The CDL Third Party Tester Bond is continuous so licensed testing centers must renew upon their surety providers (Jet) bond term expiration date if they wish to sustain their license.
With this in mind, Jet has created a quick and seamless renewal process. Monthly bondholders at Jet are exempt from the bond term expiration dates listed above? your bond will remain active for as long as payments are made.
As for those who choose to pay for their bond in full and up front, Jet will send you a renewal invoice before your bond term expiration date. Just fulfill payment and we will take care of the rest!
The Ohio Department of Public Safety expects training institutions, driver schools, and testing centers to abide by the terms and conditions of their specific license, as well as the required State Code regulations. Each license type and the associated code to follow can be found listed below:
Failure to uphold these rules and regulations can result in the ODPS requiring your presence for a violation hearing to discuss possible penalties such as the suspension or permanent revocation of your license, large fees, civil action, and/or a bond claim.
Claims on the Driver Training School License Bond can occur if the school or training institution fails to provide a course or driver training to a student that was prepaid for, and then refuses or is unable to refund the student for such losses. This typically is the result of a school losing their license or suddenly shutting down due to financial hardship.
The damaged student has the option of taking civil action against the school which can lead to a bond claim, or they may make an official complaint. If the ODPS finds that the complaint is valid, they can inflict penalties onto the school and file a claim against the bond on behalf of the student. The Driver Training School License Bond will cover the reimbursement of fees paid by the damaged student.
Unlike the above school bond, claims on the CDL Third Party Tester Bond can only be made by the Director of the ODPS. A claim may be filed if the ODPS finds that the owner of the third party testing center or its instructors have enacted a license violation such as misleading testing students with blatantly incorrect driver education or an examiner committing fraud that is related to driver skill testing. Such violations will result in the need for the ODPS to retest all compromised students, and the CDL Third Party Tester Bond will be used to cover the cost of this predicament.
You can avoid all these penalties and costly bond claim scenarios if you simply run a driver training school or testing center honestly and up to code. However, if you find yourself in hot water with the ODPS, it is in your best interest to work with them proactively and to resolve such issues quickly.
Immediately contact Jet if you receive a court ordered or Ohio Department of Public Safety bond claim notice. Be ready to provide all claim related information and documentation? the Jet team will need it for our own review and investigation of the accused violation.
If the bond claim is found to be justified, Jet is obligated per the surety bond form (Driver Training School License Bond or CDL Third Party Tester Bond) to make payment up to the custom bond limit. You are ultimately responsible for your own actions and the actions of your employees/instructors, and therefore are obligated to reimburse Jet for the claim amount paid out on your behalf. An omission to do so will create future difficulties in acquiring surety bonds, which are typically required to hold various industry licenses in the State of Ohio.