Commercial Driver's License

A commercial driver's instruction permit (CDL instruction permit) may be issued to an applicant who holds a valid operator's or class D license who has passed the vision and/or physical standards, and knowledge tests required for issuance of a CDL.

The CDL instruction permit may not be issued for a period to exceed 180 days. Only one renewal on re-issuance may be granted within a two year period from issue date. In the event the applicant has been issued two CDL instruction permits, before the applicant may obtain an additional CDL instruction permit he/she must reapply and re-test on all parts of the knowledge exam.

The holder of a CDL instruction permit may drive a commercial motor vehicle on the highway only when accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver's license valid for the type of vehicle who occupies a seat beside the individual for the purpose of giving instruction or testing. The permit must be valid for the type of vehicle being driven also.

A CDL instruction permit may only be issued to an applicant who is at least 18 years of age and has held a Level 3 Graduated Driver's License, a Class E license, or a Class D license for at least one year.

Upon completion of all tests, the person will receive a CDL instruction permit. When operating a commercial vehicle you must have your CDL instruction permit and regular operator's license.

Applicants must hold a CDL instruction permit for a minimum of 14 days before they are eligible to take the road skills test. Applicants whom are ready to take the road skills test must contact a Third-Party Examiner to schedule an appointment.