- Have at least one or two years of driving experience (depending on the state)
- An applicant “must provide to the State proof of citizenship or lawful permanent residency”
- Social security card, or proof of the number.
- Another document such as a birth certificate or green card.
- Pass all applicable background screens.
- The applicant “must provide the names of all States where the applicant has been licensed to drive any type of motor vehicle during the previous 10 years”
- Have no active driver’s license suspensions or revocations in any state
- Must surrender your regular state driver license once you earn a CDL.
- Must certify that he/she is not “subject to any disqualification under FMCSA 383.51, or any license disqualification under State law, and that he/she does not have a driver’s license from more than one state or jurisdiction”.
- Be able to speak and read English to drive a CMV in the United States. In addition, the state written exams will only be given in English.
You must be at least 18 years of age to drive within state lines (intrastate).
You must be at least 21 years old to:
- drive commercial vehicles across state lines (interstate)
- haul hazardous materials