Commercial License Permit (CLP)

Who can apply for a CLP

Any driver over 18 years old with a valid WA driver license. To operate commercial vehicles from state to state (interstate) you must be at least 21 years old.

How to apply for a CLP

  1. Apply for a CLP at a driver licensing office location that offers knowledge testing (call to find out).
  2. Bring your:
    • Current license
    • Social Security number
    • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency. See list of approved documents) for ID purposes. We’re required to verify your status under federal law 49 CFR 383.71(ecfr.gov) and WA state law (RCW 46.25.070.
  3. Self-certify. Depending on your situation you might need to submit your Medical Examiners Certificate.
  4. Pass the knowledge test for the type of vehicle and endorsements you would like to operate. The fee is $35.
  5. Pay the $40 fee. If your personal driver license expires in less than 180 days you need to:
    • Renew it when you get your CLP
    • or
    • Wait until you renew it to get your CLP
  6. Once we issue your CLP, you can get your Skills Test Results form (STRF) from a driver licensing office. See Skills test: CDL for more information about the test.
  7. 24 hours after passing your skills test, we can issue your CDL. Bring the completed STRF and Training certificate from an approved school or registered employer.

How long a CLP is valid

Your first CLP is valid for 180 days. If you need to renew your CLP you must do so 30 days before it expires or you’ll have to take the knowledge test again. Knowledge tests are valid for 180 days or through one renewal period.

When you get your first CLP, you’ll have to wait 14 days before you can take the skills test.

When renewing your CLP, you don't have to wait 14 days if:

  • You’re upgrading at the time
  • or
  • Your CLP expired more than 30 days ago

You must pass all 3 components of the skills test before your CLP expires. If your CLP expires before you complete all 3 components you’ll have to start over.

  • You’ll need to get renew your CLP before you take the skills test(s) again.
  • If your CLP expired more than 30 days ago, you'll have to take the knowledge test again.

CLP driving restrictions

After we’ve issued your CLP:

  • A valid CDL holder must be in the vehicle when you drive a commercial vehicle. They must:
    • Hold a valid CDL with the proper endorsements and have 2 years’ experience driving the type of commercial vehicle you are driving.
    • Have at least 5 years’ total driving experience.
    • Occupy the seat beside you for the purpose of giving instruction.
  • You can’t operate any:
    • Commercial vehicle classified or placarded for hazardous materials.
    • Passenger or school bus vehicles with unspecified passengers. For more information, visit: Part 383.25: Commercial learner's permit (CLP).
    • Vehicle that you don't have a CLP for with the proper endorsements and restrictions.

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