Apply for a Montana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our MT guide to your CDL.
Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License
- Must hold and provide a current and valid Montana Driver’s license.
- Must be 18 years of age to hold a CDL which is to operate within the state, without double/triple trailer rigs or hazardous materials and 21 years of age, if you need the earlier mentioned specifications.
- Provide proof of identity and legal presence.
- Provide proof of your Social security number.
Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License
- Pass vision screening test.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exam. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any Montana Driving Exam Station.
- Take the skill test at designated Montana Driving Exam Station after taking an appointment on (406) 444-3244.
- Obtain all the endorsements that are needed by you.
- Pay license fees.
- Pass the security check procedures with Transportation Security Administration if you apply for a Hazmat endorsement. The TSA security application can be filled in online or by calling (877) 429-7746. The driver needs to go to one of the TSA offices and submit 2 proofs of ids. Any further or detailed information can be taken by calling (866) 289-9673. The fee for this procedure is $94 payable either by credit card, or a money order payable to Integrated Biometric Technology, LLC.
The 2 locations where TSA agents operate from are:
EMSI 1302 Ave D Billings
EMSI 505 West Park Butte
There are two types of Montana CDLs, Type 1 Certification and Type 2 Certification. Fee for Type 1 is $10 plus a 50 cent renewal reminder charge, and that of Type 2 is $8.50 plus a 50 cent renewal reminder charge.
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 CDLs, Restrictions and Endorsements for more details.
- See Montana’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for more information on state regulations and guidelines.
- If you already have a CDL, see CDL renewal.
- In case of additional information see Commercial driver’s education.
- For more information regarding test centers and hours and locations see your local MVD office.
- See Montana’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.