BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT/LICENSE
STEPS TO APPLY FOR A CDL PERMIT/LICENSE
- You must meet the requirements for an Ohio driver's license.
- Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a BMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Pay a $27.00 fee for your permit.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any BMV location.
- Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver's education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
- Take the road test at your local BMV office.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
In order to be eligible for an Ohio 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 $27.00 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam
. Also, you must have your instruction permit for 30 days before obtaining a CDL. Ohio Instruction Permits expire in 6 months and are non-renewable.
An Ohio Commercial Driver's License will be valid for 8 years. The cost is $42.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of fees
for more information.
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).
- Driving class A vehicles with fewer than 16 passengers including the driver and all lesser classes of vehicles without restriction (Class P1).
- Driving class B vehicles with fewer than 16 passengers including the driver and all lesser classes of vehicles without restriction (Class P2).
- Driving class A or B vehicles with fewer than 16 passengers including the driver and all lesser classes of vehicles without restriction (Class P4).
- School Bus (Class S).
- Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).
- Only intrastate operation (Class K).
- To drive tank vehicles transporting hazardous material (Class X).
- Operating vehicles in connection with a waiver for farm related services (Class W).
FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR INTERSTATE DRIVERS
The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.