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How to obtain a CLP (Commercial Learner's Permit)
Getting a CLP (Commercial Learner's Permit) involves several steps. There are medical requirements and residency
requirements besides knowledge and skills requirements.
The first step is to get a free copy of the
CDL Manual - CDL Handbook. The manual is available in the field
locations, downloaded from the website and printed. has
its own process to get your CLP (Commercial Learner's Permit).
The second step is to decide which type of vehicle and what
kind of driving you want to get the CDL for.
There are 3 classes of CDLs with endorsements
for specialized qualifications for vehicles like school buses, tank
trucks, tractor trailers, etc. Each types of CLP (Commercial Learner's Permit) and endorsement
requires you pass a skills test and in some cases a written test. It
is important to make sure you pass all the required tests or risk having
restrictions on your license.
Once you've finished getting informed and making decisions, there are two basic
steps to getting a CDL:
Step 1: Get the Commercial Learners Permit ( CLP)
A Commercial Learners Permit (
CLP) is a permit that only authorizes you to practice on public
roads with a qualified CDL holder
sitting next to you. Getting the permit involves more than just passing
all the knowledge tests for the type of driving you want to do. To make
sure that you are eligible your driving record is checked for the last 10
years in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. You need to bring in
the proof that your state accepts to show that you are medically qualified.
Most types of commercial driving require a DOT medical card, requiring a
DOT physical. Your state may require specific documents it wants to see
to prove your name and proof of residency. There are fees for getting the
CLP. Reading and following the instructions
found in the specific
CDL Information will streamline the process.
Step 2: Get the Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
You are required to possess the CLP for 14 days before taking the Skills Test.
Some states require the successful completion of CDL training prior to
testing. Regardless, it is highly recommended that you practice the inspection
tests and maneuvers in the CDL Manual that you will be tested on with a
qualified individual before showing up for the test. You must pass all 3 parts
of the Skills Test: the Vehicle Inspection Test, the Basic Controls Test,
and the Road Test. Your state may even allow you to use their "training aid"
to help you remember items on the vehicle inspection checklist. Taking the
Skills test is no guarantee that you will pass.
Once you have passed the Skills Test you need to take the documentation to the
counter for processing. Some states will give you the CDL that same day,
while others send it to you in the mail. Regardless make sure that everything
is correct before you leave the counter. It can be costly and embarrassing
if you find a mistake later.
Checklist . . .
Possess current valid regular driver's license in .
Show proof of Social Security number (Social Security card, payroll
check stub, W-2 Form).
For interstate driving, submit proof of DOT Medical Certificate. For
intrastate driving, complete an application which includes a statement
certifying that you meet medical and driver qualifications. If you have
had any change in your physical condition since your last driver license
renewal which may affect your ability to drive, you may need a special
form from the branch office for your physician to fill out before you
can apply for your license.
Meet driver record eligibility requirements as determined by your
DMV office personnel.
Pass the required knowledge and vision tests. You must pass all required
knowledge tests to obtain a CDL Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP).
This allows you to practice driving under supervision of a driver who
has a CDL for the type of vehicle you wish to drive. A CDL Temporary
Instruction Permit (TIP) is also required for taking the CDL skills
tests. If you do not pass a knowledge test on your first attempt, you
must wait one day to retake the test. There is a one-day wait period
for any subsequent retest.
Pay your CDL fees.
Schedule your CDL skills test.
Upon successfully passing your Skills Tests, return to the DMV