Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our DC 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 a Washington D.C. Driver’s license.
  2. Visit the local DMV office. Fill out a Driver’s License form. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay a $39.00 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 DMV location.
  5. Pass vision screening test.
  6. Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
  7. Take road test at specific DMV service location.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fee.

Learner’s Permit

In order to be eligible for a Washington DC CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. You need to show proof of legal presence and US residency. Next, pay the $39.00 learner permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test.


A Washington D.C Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 8 years. The cost is $117.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of fee 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 Tuesday, December 4 2018.

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