How to Get a Commercial Drivers License in Utah
A Utah CDL, also known as a commercial drivers license, is mandatory in the state if you plan to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). A CMV is defined as a motor vehicle that is used in commerce to transport property or passengers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 26,000 pounds, or a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of over 26,000 pounds, including a towed unit with a gross weight rating of over 10,000 pounds.
To obtain a CDL license, you must first be issued a CDL permit through the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver License Division (DLD). To do so, you will need to take and pass a written knowledge test. After you take and pass the subsequent road skills test, you will be issued a CDL. Depending on the type of CMV you plan to operate, you may also need to add endorsements to your license, and take additional written and road skills tests.
CDL Requirements in Utah
There are several enforced CDL license requirements in Utah that all applicants must follow. These include the below:
- Hold a Class D driver license for a minimum of one year
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a Department of Transportation Medical Certificate (DOT card)
- Complete the Utah self-certification form
How to Apply for a CDL Permit in Utah
You will need to apply for a CDL learners permit before you can apply for a full CDL license. To do so, you must submit the following documents in person, at a participating state driver license office:
- The driver license application
- Proof of citizenship
- A valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
- A certified copy of a birth certificate
- A valid, unexpired Permanent Resident card
- Proof of Social Security Number (SSN)
- A Social Security card issued by the U.S. government
- A W-2 form, an SSA-1099 form or a non-SSA-1099 form
- Two proofs of Utah residency
- A bank statement (dated within 60 days)
- A current mortgage or rental contract
- A valid Utah car title
Once you complete the above steps, you will meet the CDL permit requirements, and be issued your learner’s CDL.
CDL Written Test in Utah
The CDL written test that you must take will depend on the class of CDL for which you are applying, and the endorsements you need. However, all knowledge tests are multiple-choice questions. To move on to the road skills test, you must pass with an 80 percent.
Three tests make up the core of the CDL general knowledge test. These include the below:
- General written knowledge, taken by all applicants
- Combination, taken only by those applying for a Class A license for CDLs
- Air brakes, which is optional, and can be taken by applicants for a Class A, Class B or Class C CDL
Once you pass the knowledge test, you will be issued a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP).
Utah CDL Training Schools & Practice Tests
You do not need to take a CDL practice test in Utah. However, you need to study as much as you can before the exam. The best way to ensure you have completed efficient CDL prep for your exam is by obtaining a copy of the Utah CDL Handbook. You can print a copy online, or request a copy in person, at any participating driver license offices.
How to Get a CDL License in Utah
To apply for a CDL, you must submit the specific documentation. These items include the following:
- The CDL application
- Proof of citizenship
- Proof of your Social Security Number
- Two proofs of Utah residency
- Your DOT card
To get your CDL successfully in Utah, you must also get your photo taken, and pass the vision test.
CDL Driving Test in Utah
You can take the skills portion of the CDL test in Utah once you pass the knowledge test. The skills test consists of three separate parts:
- Pre-trip, which verifies that the vehicle is safe to drive
- Basic skills, which evaluates your basic skills in controlling the vehicle
- Road test, which determines if you have the minimum level of skills to drive on public roads
To take the CDL driving test, you must do so in a similar vehicle for the class of CDL you seek. To pass the basic skills test, you must accumulate less than 12 error points against you. To pass the road skills test, you must accumulate less than 30 error points against you.
You can take the commercial driving test at participating state driver license offices, or through a verified third-party tester.
How to Get a CDL as a Military Member in Utah
If you have a military CDL, or you are seeking a CDL for veterans in Utah, the DLD may waive the driving skills test. However, you must meet the qualifications, which include an honorable discharge in the past two years and proof of you operating a CMV during the immediate, two-year period preceding your discharge.
If you meet the qualifications, you must complete and submit the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver form. Then, you must provide a DD214 or discharge papers, and a copy of a DA348, an AF2293 or another similar document that verifies your certification for operating a CMV.
CDL Medical Exams in Utah
You must meet the new DOT physical requirements to get a CDL license in Utah. Therefore, you will need to provide the Medical Examiner’s Certificate which must be filled out by an FMCSA-approved doctor, following a CDL medical exam.
You must also self-certify the type of vehicle of operation by submitting the Commercial Driver License Medical Self Certification (Form CDL-42).
Types of CDL Classes in Utah
There are three types of CDL licenses available to commercial drivers in the state of Utah. These include the:
- Class A license for combination vehicles: Allows you to drive a combination of vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds while towing over 10,000 pounds.
- Class B CDL for heavy straight vehicles: Allows you to drive a single vehicleweighing more than 26,000 pounds while towing a vehicle that does not exceed 10,000 pounds.
- Class C CDL for small vehicles: Allows you to drive a single vehicleor combination of vehicles that do not fall into either Class A or Class B, but is designed to carry more than 16 people, including the driver, or hazardous materials or toxins.
Types of CDL Endorsements in Utah
CDL endorsements can be added to your commercial license to drive in Utah. They include the following:
- H: Hazmat endorsement
- N: Tanker endorsement
- X: Tanker or hazmat combination endorsement
- T: Doubles and triples endorsement
- P: Passenger endorsement
- S: School bus endorsement
Restrictions can also be placed on a CDL license in Utah. The types of restrictions you may receive include:
- Wearing corrective lenses.
- Not taking the written knowledge tests.
- Not using the correct vehicle during the driving test.
Interstate vs. Intrastate Commercial Drivers Licenses in Utah
You will need an interstate CDL under certain circumstances in Utah. For example, if you plan to drive:
- From one state to another, or in a foreign country.
- Between two places within Utah, but during part of the trip, the CMV you are driving crosses into another state or foreign country.
- Between two places within Utah, but the passengers or cargo are parts of a trip that begins or ends in another state or foreign country.
On the other hand, you will need an intrastate CDL if you drive a CMV within Utah, and you do not meet any of the above descriptions for interstate commerce.
If you drive both interstate and intrastate commerce, you must certify as an interstate commerce driver.
Commercial Driving License Fees in Utah
The Utah CDL license cost figures vary, depending on your needs. The fees include the below:
- Written test: $52
- Skills test: $78
- Endorsements: $9 each
- Retake of a written test: $26 each
- Retake of a skills test: $52 each
- Retake of an endorsement: $9 each
- Rescheduling fee: $25