Apply for a Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our LA guide to your CDL.
Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License
- Download a CDL manual or study guide, or get one from your local OMV office.
- Provide a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Get the form and have it filled and signed by the medical examiner. You should keep this certificate at hand while driving.
Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License
- Fill out the Application for License and submit it in person to a CDL issuing office near you. Remember to bring the following documents:
- Your current, valid driver’s license.
- The completed and signed medical examiner’s certificate as mentioned above.
- Your social security card.
- Proof of insurance on your vehicle.
- Pay a $15.00 application fee in cash.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for more information on tests.
Once you pass the knowledge test you will be issued an instructional permit with which you can practice driving accompanied by a licensed CDL driver.
- Schedule a road test with a certified CDL Third-Party Tester.
After you successfully complete the road skills test you will be issued a new CDL. Remember once you submit the application you have to complete all the tests including written knowledge test and the skills test within six months. If you fail to clear the tests within that time you have to apply again.
Attending a Commercial driver’s education program will make it easier to pass the tests.
List of fees for a Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License valid for 4 years (apart from the $15 application fee):
- Third-Party skills tests cost $60 if you provide the vehicle. If not it will cost more.
- License fee is $41 except in Orleans Parish where it is $51.
- For additional endorsements you have to pay $5 each. A motorcycle endorsement will cost you $8.
- There is also the parish fee which should not be more than $3.
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 for more information.
- Have the correct class of license. See Classes of licenses and age requirements for more details.
- See Louisiana’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for more information on state regulations and guidelines.
- If you already have a CDL, see CDL renewal.
- For more information regarding test centers and hours and locations see you local OMV office.
- See Louisiana’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.