Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our AZ guide to your CDL.
Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver's Permit/License
- Must meet requirements for an Arizona Driver's License.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call 877-692-9227 (Arizona Motor vehicle Division) for more information.
- Provide a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate. You can obtain one by having a licensed medical professional fill out the appropriate Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness reports. The medical examiner should provide you with a Medical Examiner's Certificate.
- Provide proof of having held a driver license for at least one year (current driver license or motor vehicle report from another State).
- Provide an Arizona Driver's License (if you have an out-of-State license it will have to be cancelled and a limited period Arizona Driver License will be issued).
- Provide your Social security card.
Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License
- You must meet the requirements for an Arizona Driver's License.
- Fill out the CDL application form making sure to check option "Instruction Permit or License" and hand in in-person to a MVD office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Pay the required fee for your permit.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any MVD location.
- Pass vision screening test.
- Taking a Commercial driver's education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles will help you to gain practice in operating as a Commercial Driver. There are State approved institutions for this training.
- Take road test at your local MVD office. You can arrange for a vehicle from an approved third party driver license examiner.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
In order to be eligible for an Arizona CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. Then show proof of US residency. Next, pay the permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. Arizona Instruction Permits expire in 6 months and can be renewed.
An Arizona Commercial Driver's License will cost you $25.00 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).
Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers
The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call 877-692-9227 (Arizona Department of Transport) for more information.
- Have the correct class of license. Study the various Classes of CDLs, Restrictions and Endorsements to gain further understanding.
- See Arizona's Commercial Driver's Manual for more information on state regulations and guidelines.