CDL Permit

To obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) permit, you need to follow a specific process outlined by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the equivalent licensing authority in your state. The requirements may vary slightly from state to state, but generally, the process involves the following steps:

  1. Meet Eligibility Requirements:
    • Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria set by your state’s DMV. Typically, you must be at least 18 years old for intrastate (within state) driving and 21 years old for interstate (crossing state lines) driving.
  2. Hold a Regular Driver’s License:
    • You usually need to hold a valid non-commercial driver’s license issued by your state before applying for a CDL permit.
  3. Self-Certification:
    • Complete a self-certification form, indicating the type of commerce you intend to operate (interstate or intrastate) and whether you meet the medical requirements. If applicable, provide a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
  4. CDL Manual Study:
    • Study the CDL manual provided by your state’s DMV. The manual contains information about the rules, regulations, and requirements for obtaining a CDL.
  5. Choose CDL Class and Endorsements:
    • Decide on the class of CDL you want (Class A, B, or C) and determine if you need any endorsements (e.g., air brakes, tanker, hazmat) based on the type of vehicle you plan to operate.
  6. Visit the DMV:
    • Visit your state’s DMV or licensing agency office to apply for a CDL permit. Bring the necessary identification documents, proof of residency, and other required documentation.
  7. Take Written Tests:
    • Pass the written exams for the CDL permit. The tests typically cover general knowledge, air brakes (if applicable), and any additional endorsements you are seeking.
  8. Pay Fees:
    • Pay the required fees for the CDL permit application. Fees may vary depending on your state.
  9. Receive CDL Learner’s Permit:
    • Once you pass the written tests and meet all requirements, you will be issued a CDL learner’s permit. This permit allows you to practice driving a commercial vehicle under certain restrictions.
  10. Practice Driving:
    • With your CDL learner’s permit, you can practice driving a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a qualified CDL holder.

It’s important to check with your state’s DMV for specific requirements and procedures, as they may vary. Additionally, some states may have additional requirements for specific endorsements, such as background checks for hazardous materials (hazmat) endorsement. Always refer to the most current information provided by your state’s DMV to ensure accurate and up-to-date details.

Contact Us

Fill out this form and one of our friendly staff members will be back with you shortly!

Contact Support Directly

Looking for support for an existing Drive Prodigy Account, Driving Simulator, or anything else? Contact our Support Team directly here. 

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Please leave a brief description of your situation and any questions or comments you may have and we will be back with you shortly.