How do I obtain my Commercial Driver License (CDL)?
All applicants for a Commercial Driver License are required to have an Operators License and pass the vision requirements. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. If they are under 21, they will be restricted to intrastate operation only.
Oral exams may be given in English, Spanish or Haitian Creole with the exception of skills test or Hazmat exams. Interpreters may not be used during the administration of CDL oral exams or during any portions of the CDL skill exams.
Already have an out of state CDL?
Florida will reciprocate an out of state or a Canadian commercial driver license. However, an out of state applicant with a hazmat endorsement will have to reapply for a hazmat endorsement, which will include background check, appropriate exams and fees.
Already have a Military CDL?
Military or prior military customers requesting to be issued a CDL due to qualifications of experience while serving on military duty must:
• Pass all required knowledge and endorsement exams for the CDL license class and endorsements they are applying to obtain,
• Present the Certification for Waiver of Skill Test for Military Personnel form completed by their commanding officer or designee while on active duty or within 90 days of separation from service.
Military are now only exempt from taking the skills exams. The process must be completed and the CDL issued within 120 days of separation from service. The Certification for Waiver of Skill Test form for Military Personnel can be provided to the customer.
"Endorsement" means a special authorization, which permits a driver to drive certain types of vehicles or to transport certain types of property or a certain number of passengers. The following endorsements can be placed on Class A, B, or C commercial driver licenses.
H. (Placarded Hazmat) - Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills tests and who will transport placarded hazardous materials.
N. (Tank Vehicles) - Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills tests and who will drive tank vehicles.
P. (Passengers) - Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills test and who will drive passenger vehicles.
S. (School Bus) Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills test and who will transport pre-primary, primary or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school-sponsored events. (Does not include a bus used as a common carrier.)
The P endorsement is also required.
T. (Double/Triple Trailers) - Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills tests and who will drive double or triple tractor- trailer vehicles. Triple trailers are not allowed on Florida roads.
X. (Placarded Hazmat & Tank Vehicles) - Issued to those who qualify for the H and N endorsements.