BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT/LICENSE
STEPS TO APPLY FOR A CDL PERMIT/LICENSE
- You must have a Pennsylvania Driver's License.
- Fill out the Commercial Learner's Permit form and hand in in-person to a Driver License Center. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Pay the required fee for your permit.
- If the privileges requested for require a Knowledge Test and Road Test you will be issued a Knowledge Test Authorization after which you will have to clear the Knowledge Test.
- Pass vision screening test.
- Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver's education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
- Take road test at your local Driver License Center.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
In order to be eligible for a Pennsylvania CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the Commercial Learner's Permit Form
. 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. The combined time span of a Knowledge Test Authorization and CDL Permit is one year. For example, if you take two months to clear the knowledge test, the permit will be valid for 8 months.
A Pennsylvania Commercial Driver's License will be valid for 4 years. The cost is $71.00 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).
- Combination of Hazardous Material and Tank Vehicle (Class X).
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (HAZMAT)
This is an endorsement required if you are driving a commercial motor vehicle that transports hazardous materials. There are specific background checks and knowledge exams that you need to pass in order to receive this endorsement on your CDL. Please see the HAZMAT endorsement article for more detailed information.
FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR INTERSTATE DRIVERS
The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.