FAQ

You’ve made the decision that a CDL is the next step in your career. You know that once you get your license there will be countless doors that open to an endless number of trucking jobs and transportation jobs. You’ll also have the ability to work for yourself and start your own company. Now for the hard part, passing the first test. CDLPrepCenter.com is here to make the hard part the easy part. We’ve taken all the important information from the commercial driver’s license manual that will appear on the test and compiled the information into easy to understand courses. You can click through the information at your own pace from anywhere you have internet access. At the end of each course section, there is a practice test that will quiz you on the section’s information to see how well you’re doing. We offer many CDL practice tests to help you get comfortable with the questions and format of the real test. You may take the CDL tests as many times as you’d like. Courses and tests are all available at an affordable cost. Whether you’re interested in a Class A license, Class B license or an endorsement, CLDPrepCenter.com is here to help you reach your goals.

When do you need a commercial driver’s license?

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required for driving a vehicle or combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more than 26,000 pounds as long as the vehicle being towed is over 10,000 pounds.

Do you need a CDL to drive a bus?

It depends. You do not need a CDL for a RV or if the bus is privately owned and is transporting less than 15 people. If the bus is a school bus or being used to make money then a CDL is required along with the proper endorsement. Refer to your state’s CDL manual for more information.

What are the classes of CDL?

Class A license is required if the vehicle or combination of vehicle(s) are 26,001 pounds or more, if the vehicle is a class A truck, or if the trailering weight is 10,001 pounds or more.

Class B license is required if the vehicle is 26,001 pounds or more but won’t be towing more than 10,000 pounds.

Class C license is required for vehicles with 16 or more passengers, including the driver.

What are the different types of CDL endorsements?

You must pass a separate written exam for each endorsement. The endorsements include air brakes, combination vehicles, tank vehicles, doubles and triples, passenger, school bus, and hazardous materials.

How old do you have to be get a CDL?

Technically, you can be as young as 18 to drive intrastate which means you can drive only in the state that you have your license. At 21 you can drive between all states. However, most companies require you to be at least 23 and that is mainly because of their insurance requirements.  

How much does the CDL test cost?

Your local DMV will charge you a fee for taking each test. The general knowledge exam is anywhere from $30 – $150 and if taken at the same time, each endorsement exam is an additional $10-$40. If you go back after you’ve received your permit or license to get an additional endorsement, the fee is generally higher. The fee for the road test is usually $40.00.

What are the steps to getting a commercial drivers license?

First, you have to pass a written test to receive your learner’s permit or CLP. Study for the general knowledge written test and any other endorsement tests you’re interested in having. CDLPrepCenter.com is a great resource to help you pass the test. Once you have your learner’s permit you will need to schedule your driving and pre-trip inspection test with your local or state DMV. Your local driving school can be a great resource and will help you with your road test if you do not have access to a commercial vehicle. Assuming you’ve passed all tests, take all your “pass” documentation to the DMV and they will issue you a CDL the same day or by mail. Refer to your state’s CDL Manual for more information.

What is the job outlook for commercial truck drivers?

Positive. The majority of America’s truck drivers are nearing the retiring age. This will create a huge demand for CDL holders over the next ten years.