Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our NJ 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 CDL application form and hand in in-person to a MVC office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  2. Pay a $35.00 fee for your permit.
  3. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any Regional Service Center.
  4. Pass vision screening test.
  5. Apply for the appropriate endorsement.
  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 local Regional Service Center.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for a New Jersey CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form, physical examination form and the fingerprint card (if applicable). Then, clear the six point ID Verification. Next, pay the $35.00 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. New Jersey Instruction Permits expire in 90 days.


A New Jersey Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 4 years. The cost is $42.00 for a standard CDL license plus $2 per endorsement. 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).
  • Air Brakes (Class L)

Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers

The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.


Last updated on Thursday, June 21 2018.

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