Apply for a Nebraska Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our NE guide to your CDL.
Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License
- Must meet requirements for a Nebraska Driver’s license. You must be at least 18 for a CDL valid within the state of Nebraska and 21 years to own an interstate CDL.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call (402) 471-3861 for more information.
- 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 Determination. The medical examiner should provide you with a Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
- Provide legal proof of name, age, and Social Security Number.
Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License
- Fill out the CDL Data Form and hand in in-person to a DMV office.
- Apply for any endorsements that you want on your license.
- Identify the class of vehicle you want to drive and apply for a license accordingly.
- Pass the CDL written and skills exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any of the DMV locations.
- Pass vision screening test.
- Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
- Take road test at your local DMV office. Ensure that the vehicle you are driving for the test has the same features that you are applying a license for.
- Pay license and endorsement fees. A regular Nebraska CDL will cost you $55.
A Nebraska Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 5 years. The cost is $55 for a standard CDL license. The fees may vary depending on the endorsements.
The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL. All tests require written tests, some up to 5, and two require skills test.
- Double/Triple Trailers (Class T).
- Passenger (Class P).
- Tank Vehicle (Class N).
- Hazardous Materials (Class H).
- School Buses (Class S).
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 or call 402-471-3861 for more information.
- Have the correct class of license. See Classes of CDLs, Restrictions and Endorsements for more details.
- See Nebraska’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 DMV office.
- See Nebraska’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.