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

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. Fill out the Application for License and submit it in person to a CDL issuing office near you. Remember to bring the following documents:
  2. Your current, valid driver’s license.
  3. The completed and signed medical examiner’s certificate as mentioned above.
  4. Your social security card.
  5. Proof of insurance on your vehicle.
  6. Pay a $15.00 application fee in cash.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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 Thursday, February 15 2018.

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