BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT/LICENSE
- Must meet requirements for an Arizona Driver's License.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call 877-692-9227 (Arizona Motor vehicle Division) for more information.
- Provide a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate. You can obtain one by having a licensed medical professional fill out the appropriate Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness reports. The medical examiner should provide you with a Medical Examiner's Certificate.
- Provide proof of having held a driver license for at least one year (current driver license or motor vehicle report from another State).
- Provide an Arizona Driver's License (if you have an out-of-State license it will have to be cancelled and a limited period Arizona Driver License will be issued).
- Provide your Social security card.
STEPS TO APPLY FOR A CDL PERMIT/LICENSE
- You must meet the requirements for a Arizona Driver's License.
- Fill out the CDL application form making sure to check option âInstruction Permit or License' and hand in in-person to a MVD office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Pay the required fee for your permit.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any MVD location.
- Pass vision screening test.
- Taking a Commercial driver's education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles will help you to gain practice in operating as a Commercial Driver. There are State approved institutions for this training.
- Take road test at your local MVD office. You can arrange for a vehicle from an approved third party driver license examiner.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
In order to be eligible for an Arizona CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form
. Then show proof of US residency. Next, pay the permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. Arizona Instruction Permits expire in 6 months and can be renewed.
An Arizona Commercial Driver's License will cost you $25.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of fees
for more information.
The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL:
- Hazardous Material (Class H).
- Tank Vehicles (Class N).
- Passenger-Carrying Vehicle (Class P).
- School Bus (Class S).
- Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).
FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR INTERSTATE DRIVERS
The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.