If you are over 18 years old and have a valid Washington driver license, you can apply for a CDL.
Before you get started
You can apply for a CDL if you:
- Are 18 years or older with a valid Washington (WA) driver license.
- Do not have a lifetime driver license disqualification.
Please note: to operate commercial vehicles from state to state (interstate) you must be at least 21 years old.
How to apply for a CDL
- Make an appointment at a driver licensing office location that offers knowledge testing.
- Prepare the required documents:
- Current driver license
- Social Security number
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or non-domicile document. See a list of approved documents for ID purposes.
- Self-certify the type of operation you will be conducting and provide your valid medical examiner's certificate.
- If you are required to have an intrastate or federal medical waiver or federal skills performance evaluation you must obtain the document prior to any issuance.
- Pass the Knowledge test for the type of vehicle you'll be licensed to operate.
- You must have a hazmat training course completion on record before taking the hazmat knowledge test.
- Get a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP).
- Complete training requirements for the type of CDL you'll be issued.
- Call us to schedule and pay for your skills test.
- Conduct and pass the skills test.
- Training course completion must be recorded before a skills test can be taken.
- Make an appointment at a driver licensing office to have the CDL issued.
- Valid skills test and training course completion must be on record prior to CDL issuance. If it isn't, you may be asked to contact the skills tester and/or training provider to have them enter your results.