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You must obtain and maintain your CDL in your state of residence. This is normally the state where your regular driver\'s license was issued. If you plan on moving soon, you may want to choose your new state of residence.

Obtaining a CDL - FMCSA CDL Requirements

Who needs a CDL - CDL Requirement Info - Getting a CDL - Procedures - Fees - Testing Info


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How to get a CDL (Commercial Driver's License) . . .

The process you must go through to get your CDL (Commercial Driver's License) is rather complicated and involves a sizable investment in time and money. The career doors that are "opened" can be well worth the investment.

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Getting Started

Getting a CDL involves several steps. There are medical requirements and residency requirements besides knowledge and skills requirements.
  • The first step is to get a copy of your state's Commercial Driver's Licensing (CDL) Manual. The manual is available in their field locations, downloaded from their web site and printed. Each state has its own processes to getting the CDL.
  • The second step is to decide which type of vehicle and what kind of driving you want to get the license for.
  • There are 3 classes of CDLs with endorsements for specialized qualifications for vehicles like school buses, tank trucks, tractor trailers, etc. Each types of CDL and endorsement requires you pass a skills test and in some cases a written test. It is important to make sure you pass all the required tests or risk having restrictions on your license.
Once you've finished getting informed and making decisions, there are two basic steps to getting a CDL:

Step 1: Get the Commercial Learners Permit (CLP)

A Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) is a permit that only authorizes you to practice on public roads with a qualified CDL holder sitting next to you. Getting the permit involves more than just passing all the knowledge tests for the type of driving you want to do. To make sure that you are eligible your driving record is checked for the last 10 years in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. You need to bring in the proof that your state accepts to show that you are medically qualified. Most types of commercial driving require a DOT medical card, requiring a DOT physical. Your state may require specific documents it wants to see to prove your name and proof of residency. There are fees for getting the CLP. Reading and following the instructions in your states CDL Manual streamlines the process.

Step 2: Get the Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

You are required to possess the CLP for 14 days before taking the Skills Test. Some states require the successful completion of CDL training prior to testing. Regardless it is highly recommended that you practice the inspection tests and maneuvers in the CDL Manual that you will be tested on with a qualified individual before showing up for the test. You must pass all 3 parts of the Skills Test: the Vehicle Inspection Test, the Basic Controls Test, and the Road Test. Your state may even allow you to use their "training aid" to help you remember items on the vehicle inspection checklist. Taking the Skills test is no guarantee that you will pass.

Once you have passed the Skills Test you need to take the documentation to the counter for processing. Some states will give you the CDL that same day, while others send it to you in the mail. Regardless make sure that everything is correct before you leave the counter. It can be costly and embarrassing if you find a mistake later.

Any summary, description, or paraphrase of a regulatory requirement on this site is intended to provide general guidance only. Please consult the text of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a full account of the applicable requirements.

Requirements - Procedures

  • Hold a current valid regular driver's License.
  • Obtain (and maintain) your CDL in your state of residence.
  • Provide documentation to prove age, identity and citizenship.
  • Provide proof of state residency.
  • Provide your social security number.
  • Provide a current DOT medical certificate.
  • Be at least 18 years old (limited to intrastate driving - no buses, no HazMat, no doubles or triples) or be at least 21 years old for interstate driving without restrictions.
  • Pass written tests
  • Pass skills tests
  • Pay Fees

Are YOU ready to get YOUR CDL?
Prepare for YOUR CDL Tests NOW . . .

In addition to the CDL (commercial driver's license) information found in our website covering the CDL and in the free CDL Handbook (which is quite boring and a bit confusing - and doesn't have a single multiple-choice question in it that is asked on the actual tests), the complete online CDL Practice Test prep program will prepare you to easily pass your CDL written exams to get your CDL permit. The skills test modules are invaluable to give you a head start before doing your behind the wheel work, possibly saving you a lot of money. The CDL test prep program includes the following features . . .
  • Covers ALL Eight CDL written tests.
    • In separate study modules - you won't need all of them - don't waste time on what you don't require.
  • Covers ALL Three CDL skills tests.
    • In separate study modules - you won't need all of them - don't waste time on what you don't require.
  • 670 practice CDL test questions with actual answers.
  • Access to CDL videos covering written and skills tests.
  • CDL study guide in both text and audio - listen as you read along.
  • CDL study Quick Reviews.
  • Interactive online CDL Quizzes.
  • and much more!
May your new CAREER be prosperous!!!

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