BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT/LICENSE
STEPS TO APPLY FOR A CDL PERMIT/LICENSE
- You must meet the requirements for a California driver's license.
- Fill out the CDL application form (DL44C) and hand in in-person to a DMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Complete a 10 year History record check form (DL 939).
- Pay the required fee for your permit.
- Pass the traffic laws and signs tests. See the CDL Manual for the required information.
- Pass vision screening test.
- Taking a Commercial driver's education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles is required by California Law only if you are a public transit bus driver.
- Take road skill test at a DMV CDL office or submit a Certificate of Driving Skill (DL 140) signed by both you and the employer.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
In order to be eligible for a California CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form (DL44). Then show proof of legal presence
and US residency. Next, pay the required permit fee
. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test
A Commercial Driver's License will be valid for 5 years. The cost is $64.00 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.