Steps to getting a Commercial Driver License

Who can apply for a CDL

Any driver:

  • Over 18 years old with a valid WA driver license check your license status. To operate commercial vehicles from state to state (interstate) you must be at least 21 years old.
  • Who does not have a lifetime disqualification.
  • Who’s CDL was surrendered, removed (no training certificate required), suspended, revoked, or disqualified for one year or more and are now eligible to reinstate.
  • Who did not transfer their CDL from another state at the time they transferred to Washington.

How to apply

  1. Visit 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(www.ecfr.gov) and Washington State law (RCW 46.25.070. This requirement also applies to drivers who already have a CDL.
  3. Self-certify the type of operation you will be conducting. Medical documents may be required. 
  4. Pass the Knowledge test for the type of vehicle you will be licensed to operate.
  5. Get a Commercial License Permit (CLP).
  6. At the licensing office, get a Skills Test Results form (STRF). The licensing representative can schedule you a test with a DOL examiner or tell you how to contact a Third Party Examiner (TPE) to schedule your testing.
  7. Take the Skills test with a DOL examiner or Third Party Examiner (TPE).
  8. Return to licensing office to be issued the CDL. The completed STRF and DOL training certificate issued by an approved school or registered employer are required for issuance.
  9. Fees will apply for knowledge testing, CLP, skills testing, CDL issuance, and any reinstatement fees if applicable.

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