Apply for an Ohio Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License
- You must be at least 18 years of age and must meet requirements for an Ohio driver’s license. Some employers may ask for higher age requirements and additional conditions.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call (614) 752-7600 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 reports. The medical examiner should provide you with a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. The DOT physical form is available with the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA). Information on medical waivers is available here.
- Proof of legal presence and Ohio residency.
- Provide your Social security number. This is required for identification purposes. This is a mandatory requirement.
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.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call (614) 752-7600for more information.
- Have the correct class of license. See Classes of CDLs, Restrictions and Endorsements for more details.
- For CDL exemptions, check here.
- See Ohio’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 BMV office.
- See Ohio’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.