Steps to Get A CDL
- Fill out an application: You can obtain a CDL application at any local DMV location. Fill out the application and bring it back to the DMV. When you turn in your application, be prepared to pay any fees. These fees will vary depending on the state in which you live.
- Obtain your commercial learner’s permit. Try our general knowledge CDL test here.
- Take the final exam: After 14 days behind the wheel, you will be then required to take the road test. When you arrive at your local DMV, you will be given this test, and if you pass, then you will be issued your CDL license.
There are three types of CDL classes that determine the type of vehicle you may drive and how much you may tow. A Class A CDL class allows you to operate a vehicle with a GCWR of 26,001 if the vehicle you tow weighs more than 10,000 and a Class B CDL allows you to operate a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds or operate any vehicle towing another vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 GVWR. With a Class C CDL, you can operate a Class C vehicle that transports hazardous materials.