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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) requires a more significant level of information, experience, abilities, and actual capacities than that expected to drive a non-business vehicle. To get a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), a candidate should pass the two abilities and information testing outfitted to these better expectations. Moreover, CDL holders are held to better quality while operating any sort of motor vehicle on open roads. Serious criminal traffic offenses carried out by a CDL holder can influence their capacity to keep up with their CDL certificate.


A commercial driver’s license is required for the operation of any singular vehicle 26,001 pounds and over (including the combination of a truck/trailer, anything being towed, etc.). This may include many trucks, passenger vans, delivery vans, church vans, school buses, shuttles, etc.

CDL Requirements

Welcome to the Commercial Driver's License Guide. Here you will find the information needed to reach success. 

To get your Commercial Driver's License (CDL) there are a few checks that have to be done beforehand. Most schools will require some of these to begin training.

General Prerequesites

At your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), various theory tests must be taken on a computer or paper. They are available in English or Spanish. Tests will depend on the type of CDL you are looking for.  Applicants for a Commercial Driver's License are required;  



  • Valid Operator’s License

  • Pass vision requirement, 

  • Basic English (For Skills Test)

  • Pass Knowledge and Skills tests. 

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. If under 21, intrastate operation restrictions will apply. Meaning, that you are able to only operate within your state.




A DOT physical examination with your preferred physician should be done before obtaining your permit.

When passing the required knowledge tests at your DMV,  a CDL driving permit will be given to you. This document allows you to start training but it is necessary to wait two weeks for the skills test.

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DOT Medical Card

The DOT Health Card is an essential part of your medical document when driving a commercial vehicle. In order to keep you on the road, it needs both a physical Department of Transportation (DOT) card and one that indicates health status with quick turnaround time for processing at local clinics so drivers can get back in circulation as soon possible!


Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP)

  The Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) is a permit from your state of residence that allows you to practice driving skills in commercial vehicles. The first step before beginning training for the road test will be obtaining one.

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Entry-Lever Driver Training (ELDT)

If you are applying to obtain a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the first time, you must take and pass the Class A or B Theory Course. Once you completed the ELDT Theory Course a Certification will be issued, you must present the certificate to your CDL Trucking School

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