BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT/LICENSE
STEPS TO APPLY FOR A CDL PERMIT/LICENSE
- You must meet the requirements for a Florida Driver's License.
- Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a DHS&MV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Pay the fee for your permit.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any DHS&MV location.
- Pass vision screening test.
- There is no mandatory requirement that you take a Commercial driver's education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles but opting to enroll in such a program will help you to perform well in your knowledge exam.
- Take road test at a specified skill testing site.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
In order to be eligible for a Florida CDL, you must first fill out the CDL application form to obtain your permit. 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 Florida Commercial Driver's License will be valid for 4 years. The cost is $75.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of fees
for more information.
Driver License Classes and Endorsements
- CLASS A: Trucks or truck combinations weighing with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 lbs. or more, provided towed vehicle is more than 10,000 lbs.
- CLASS B: Straight trucks weighing 26,001 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or more.
- CLASS C: Vehicles transporting placardable amounts of hazardous materials, or vehicles designed to transport more than 15 persons including the driver with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 lbs.
FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR INTERSTATE DRIVERS
The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.