Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our ME 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 Maine Driver’s License.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and hand it in-person to a BMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay the required 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 BMV 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 road test at your localBMV office.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for a Maine 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 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. Maine Instruction Permits expire in 18 months (12 months in the case of school buses).

Fees

A Maine Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 5 years. The cost is $34.00 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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