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

Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License

  • Must meet requirements for a Delaware Driver’s license.
  • Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call the following numbers for assistance: Georgetown (302) 853-1000 or 1004; New Castle (302) 326-5000 or 5005; Dover (302) 744-2500 or 2506, Wilmington (302) 434-3200 or 3204.
  • 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 identity.
  • Provide proof of legal presence.
  • Provide proof of Delaware residency.
  • Provide your Social security number.

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. You must meet the requirements for a Delaware Driver’s License.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a DMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay a $30.00 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. There is no mandatory requirement that you take a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles but opting to enroll in such a program will help you to perform well in your knowledge exam.
  7. Take a road test at your local DMV office. All CDL skill tests are fixed by getting a prior appointment. Contact the following numbers for assistance: Georgetown (302) 853-1000 or 1004; New Castle (302) 326-5000 or 5005; Dover (302) 744-2500 or 2506, Wilmington (302) 434-3200 or 3204.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for a Delaware 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 $30.00 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. Delaware Instruction Permits expire in 6 months and can be renewed once for another 6 months for a $2 fees.

Fees

A Delaware Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 5 years. The cost is $30.00 for a standard CDL license. 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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Last updated on Thursday, February 15 2018.

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