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Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Application

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT/LICENSE

STEPS TO APPLY FOR A CDL PERMIT/LICENSE

  1. You must meet the requirements for an Ohio driver's license.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a BMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay a $25.50 fee for your permit.
  4. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any BMV location.
  5. Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver's education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
  6. Take the road test at your local BMV office.
  7. Pay license and endorsement fees.

INSTRUCTION PERMIT

In order to be eligible for an Ohio CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. Then show proof of legal presence and US residency. Next, pay the $25.50 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam. Also, you must have your instruction permit for 30 days before obtaining a CDL. Ohio Instruction Permits expire in 6 months and are non-renewable.

FEES

An Ohio Commercial Driver's License will be valid for 8 years. The cost is $42.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of fees for more information.

CDL ENDORSEMENTS

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).
  • Driving class A vehicles with fewer than 16 passengers including the driver and all lesser classes of vehicles without restriction (Class P1).
  • Driving class B vehicles with fewer than 16 passengers including the driver and all lesser classes of vehicles without restriction (Class P2).
  • Driving class A or B vehicles with fewer than 16 passengers including the driver and all lesser classes of vehicles without restriction (Class P4).
  • School Bus (Class S).
  • Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).
  • Only intrastate operation (Class K).
  • To drive tank vehicles transporting hazardous material (Class X).
  • Operating vehicles in connection with a waiver for farm related services (Class W).

FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR INTERSTATE DRIVERS

The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

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