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CDL License Requirements

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CDL License Requirements


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established entry level driver training (ELDT) regulations that set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. This applies to those seeking to:

  • Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;
  • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
  • Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

Getting CLP or CDL

These are the minimum requirements for a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

  • Valid non-commercial driver’s license
  • At least 1 year of driving experience (some states require 2)
  • Complete training with an FMCSA-approved training provider
  • Be at least 18 years old (intrastate drivers)
  • Be at least 21 years old (interstate or HAZMAT)
  • Proof of citizenship or lawful permanent residency
  • Speak and read English at a satisfactory level
  • Provide a DOT medical card
  • Pass required background checks

Some states may have supplemental requirements in addition to those outlined above.

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