Steps to getting a Commercial Driver License

Who can apply for a CDL

Any driver:

  • 18 years or older 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, suspended, revoked, or disqualified for 1 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, Lawful Permanent Residency, or non-domicile document. See list of approved documents) for ID purposes. We're required to verify your status under Federal law 49 CFR 383.71 ( 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. Submit your training certificate to for approval.
    • Note: A training certificate is not required if you are upgrading your CDL or adding a CDL back to your license that was surrendered or suspended for less than 1 year.
  7. Schedule and pay for your skills test.
  8. Conduct and pass the skills test.
  9. Visit a driver licensing office to have the CDL issued.

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