Before you can get a commercial driver license (CDL), you must successfully complete a training course at an approved CDL training school. The training must include at least the following:
|Class of CDL||Minimum training required|
|Class A||160 total hours, including at least:
|Class B||48 total hours, including at least:
|Class C||36 total hours, including at least:
The training school will give you a certificate of completion that you must present at a driver licensing office when you get your CDL. You don’t need the training certificate to schedule and take a CDL skills test, but you must present the original certificate at the licensing office after you have passed all your tests and are ready to get your CDL. You won’t be issued a CDL unless you present the original certificate. Photocopied, faxed, handwritten, or mailed certificates won’t be accepted.
If your employer agrees that you have the skills and training to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely, he or she will complete and sign an employer certification that includes the classes of commercial vehicles you may operate. To be exempt from meeting the minimum training requirements, you must present this typed, signed certification at a driver licensing office when you are issued your CDL.
To qualify as an “employer,” the person or organization who completes the certification must:
If you received specialized truck driver training in the military, you may be eligible for a Commercial Drivers Military Training Certificate from the Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA). Present this certificate instead of a training school certificate when you apply for your CDL. To learn how to get a military training certificate, see the WDVA website: Commercial Driver Training Military Certificate.
You may get a restricted CDL without meeting the minimum training requirements if you’ll be operating a commercial motor vehicle only for agribusiness purposes. When you get your CDL, we will add a restriction that only allows you to drive a commercial vehicle for an agribusiness. To have this restriction removed, you must present a training or employer certificate.
An “agribusiness” is a private carrier who primarily transports the following products during the normal course of business:
To get this restricted CDL without meeting training requirements, your agribusiness employer must send us a completed Agribusiness Minimum Training Requirements Exemption form. Then we will assign you a unique ID number and send your employer the approved form. You must present this approved form at a driver licensing office when you are issued your CDL. For more information, see Agribusiness.
Yes, unless you work for an employer who will certify you have the skills and training necessary to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.