Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our AL guide to your CDL.

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 Alabama Driver’s license.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a Driver License office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay $25.00 for testing fee. Checks are not accepted.
  4. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at Driver License offices by appointment only.
  5. Pass vision screening test.
  6. There is no mandatory requirement to take a Commercial driver’s education program. The CDL Manual provides all the information that is needed to pass the written and skill tests. However taking up such a program will provide you with the necessary practice to perform well in the tests.
  7. Take road test at your local Driver License office.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for an Alabama 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 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test.


An Alabama Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 4 years. The cost of the license varies in accordance with the class applied for: Class A-$53, Class B-$ 43 and Class C-$23. 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).
  • 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.

Last updated on Thursday, February 22 2018.

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