Apply for a Vermont Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our VT guide to your CDL.
Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License
- Must meet requirements for a Vermont Driver’s license.
- Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or 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.
- Provide proof of identity.
- Provide proof of legal presence.
- Provide proof of Vermont residency.
- Provide your Social security number.
Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License
- You must meet the requirements for a Vermont Driver’s license.
- Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a DMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
- Pay a $20 deposit for your permit.
- Pass the CDL knowledge exams. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any DMV location.
- 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 DMV office.
- Pay license and endorsement fees.
The cost is $65.00 for a four year CDL license, $45.00 for a two year CDL, $12.00 for an instructional permit, $20.00 for the skills test and $10.00 for each endorsement. 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).
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 for more information.
- Have the correct class of license. See Classes of CDLs, Restrictions and Endorsements for more details.
- See Vermont’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 DMV office.
- See Vermont’s Commercial Driver’s Manual for knowledge exam information.