Commercial Driver's License

  1. Visit the Licensing page to see all required documentation for all first time, duplicate, and renewal license applicants.
  2. Complete in full, front and back, of the Application for Commercial Driver's License and/or Endorsements (CDL-1).
  3. Submit a copy of your current DOT Medical/physical certification (Long Form Physical) and DOT Medical card (valid for 30 days or more), or for city, county, state, or federal government agency employees a verification of employment on agency letterhead.
  4. Pay Applicable Fees: CDL testing fee is $25.00 + driver's licensing fees. The CDL testing fee allows testing for general knowledge, air brakes and combination. Commercial Driver's Licenses fees are non-refundable. Endorsement fees are $10.00 each at the time of application.
  5. Submit the application, a copy of your current DOT Medical/physical certification (Long Form Physical), DOT Medical card or for city, state, or federal government agency employees a verification of employment on agency letterhead, and required fees to DMV, PO Box 17010, Charleston WV 25317.
  6. Upon receipt of the application and fees, a test card will be mailed to the applicant which will include the regional CDL testing sites.
  7. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, knowledge tests are being conducted by appointment only. A contact number will be provided with your test card.
  8. Once all tests are successfully completed a CDL instruction permit will be issued. The permit will be for a period of 180 days and can only be renewed one time. When the applicant is ready to take the road skills test, they should contact one of the third party examiners (names and telephone numbers in front of the CDL manual) to schedule an appointment. Most skills tests are given on weekends and evenings. The cost of the skills test is $100.00 (as of January 1, 2017), which should be paid to the Third Party Examiner at the time of the test.
  9. The applicant must provide the vehicle in which the test will be given. The vehicle must be representative of the class of license for which the applicant is testing.
  10. Upon completion of the skills test, you will need to schedule an appointment to receive your CDL. Your third party examiner will provide you with the appropriate contact information for your region to make that appointment.