Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our AR 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 Arkansas driver’s license.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and submit it to a State Revenue office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. There is no fee for a permit.
  4. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any troop headquarters and there is a $50.00 examination fee.
  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 any of the six specified troop headquarters.
  8. Show proof of identity.
  9. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for an Arkansas CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. There is no permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. Arkansas Instruction Permits are issued for 6 months and can be renewed till one year.


An Arkansas Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 4 years. The cost is $42.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of proper identification 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.


  • If you already have a CDL, see CDL renewal.
  • For more information regarding test centers and hours and locations see your local troop headquarters.
  • See Arkansas’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.
Last updated on Friday, February 23 2018.

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