BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT/LICENSE
STEPS TO APPLY FOR A CDL PERMIT/LICENSE
- You must have a Pennsylvania Driver's License.
- Fill out the Commercial Learner's Permit form and hand in in-person to a Driver License Center. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Pay the required fee for your permit.
- If the privileges requested for require a Knowledge Test and Road Test you will be issued a Knowledge Test Authorization after which you will have to clear the Knowledge Test.
- 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 Driver License Center.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
In order to be eligible for a Pennsylvania CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the Commercial Learner's Permit Form
. Then show proof of legal presence
and US residency. Next, pay the required permit fee
. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. The combined time span of a Knowledge Test Authorization and CDL Permit is one year. For example, if you take two months to clear the knowledge test, the permit will be valid for 8 months.
A Pennsylvania Commercial Driver's License will be valid for 4 years. The cost is $89.50 for a standard CDL license. The fee for senior drivers is $45 and the license is valid for two years. 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).
- School Bus (Class S).
- Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).
- Combination of Hazardous Material and Tank Vehicle (Class X).
FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR INTERSTATE DRIVERS
The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.