Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our VA guide to your CDL.

Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. You must meet the requirements for a Virginia driver’s license.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form making sure to check option #6 ‘CDL Learner’s Permit or License’ and hand in in-person to a DMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay a $3.00 fee for your Commercial learner’s permit, or $8 per year for your Commercial driver’s license.
  4. Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any DMV location and there is a $2.00 re-examination fee if you do not answer 80% of the questions correctly.
  5. Pass vision screening test.
  6. Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
  7. Take road test at your local DMV office.
  8. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for a Virginia 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 $3.00 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and vision screening test. Also, you must have your instruction permit for 30 days before obtaining a CDL. Virginia Instruction Permits expire in 1 year and are non-renewable.


A Virginia Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 8 years. The cost is $64.00 for a standard CDL license. 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).

Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers

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


Last updated on Tuesday, February 20 2018.

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