CDL Requirements

Minimum requirements to obtain your Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

  • Have a valid non commercial driver’s license and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be at least 21 years old:
    • To drive a commercial vehicle across state lines or a commercial vehicle that contains hazardous materials.
  • Have at least 1 or 2 years of driving experience.
  • Must provide proof of citizenship or lawful permanent residency (49 CFR 383.71)
    • Social Security Card
    • Another document such as a birth certificate or green card.
  • Have no active driver’s license suspensions or revocations in any state.
  • Must surrender your regular state driver’s license once you earn a CDL.
  • Must certify that he/she is not subject to disqualification under (FMCSA 383.51), or any license disqualification under State law, and that he/she does not have a driver’s license from more than one state or jurisdiction.
  • Be able to speak and read English to drive a CMV in the United States. In addition, the state written exams will only be given in English.
  • In order to apply and start taking your written test to obtain your commercial learners permit CLP you must pass a DOT physical which can only be administered by medical examiners that are on the National Medical Registry

 

  • Basic Physical Qualification:

    • At least 20/40 vision.
    • Cannot be a diabetic who requires insulin injections. Some exemptions may apply
    • Must first perceive forced whisper voice >5 ft, with or without hearing aid.
    • Has no current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure likely to interfere with his/her ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.
    • Elevated blood sugar levels: 200 or above is considered dangerous.
    • Other conditions may also be disqualifications.

 

  • Written Exams

    • You must first obtain your CLP by passing all applicable written exams. Refer to your state for specific requirements on which tests must be taken.

 

  • Skills Test

    • Pre-Trip Inspection-You must know that your vehicle is safe to drive. The CDL Training Pro will give you specific areas and parts of your equipment to focus your studying on to pass this portion of your test.
    • Basic Vehicle Control-You will be tested on your ability to control the vehicle. This includes movements forward, backward, and within a defined. May include straight line backing, offset backing, alley dock backing, parallel parking.