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Get Your Commercial Drivers License -aka CDL's

Have you been thinking about getting your Commercial Drivers License? The time is now, learn how to get started.

Getting Started Getting a CDL involves several steps. There are medical requirements and residency requirements besides knowledge and skills requirements.

  • The first step is to get a copy of your state's Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) Manual. The manual is available in their field locations, downloaded from their website and printed. Each state has its own processes to getting the CDL.

  • The second step is to decide which type of vehicle and what kind of driving you want to get the license for.

  • There are 3 classes of CDLs with endorsements for specialized qualifications for vehicles like school buses, tank trucks, tractor trailers, etc. Each types of CDL and endorsement requires you pass a skills test and in some cases a written test. It is important to make sure you pass all the required tests or risk having restrictions on your license.

  • Applicants for certain CDLs and CDL endorsements are required to complete entry-level driver training before taking the CDL skills test or hazardous materials endorsement written test--see Entry-Level Driver Training for more details.

Visit FMCSA website to see the 3 steps needed to get started! > START NOW

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