COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE


Drivers who wish to obtain a commercial driver license (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP) in Florida are required to have a valid Class E Florida driver license, meet minimum vision requirements, and provide their Social Security Number per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.

Beginning February 7,2022, prior to taking the Hazardous Materials written exam and/or CDL skills exams, first time commercial learner’s permit (CLP) applicants must have completed applicable entry-level driver training (ELDT) from a registered training provider

All applicants must be at least 18 years old. CDL drivers under 21 years of age will be restricted to intrastate only.

Special Residential Address Requirements

Effective June 1st, 2022, all Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicants are subject to the following residential address requirements, set by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). 

  • CLP/CDL applicants will be required to provide two acceptable proofs of residential address from the lists below at the time of upgrade to licensure, regardless of any prior proof of address provided 
  • Current CLP/CDL holders requesting a renewal or replacement license with address changed from what is currently on file are subject to the same document requirements 
  • CLP/CDL applicants must present proof of residential address documents listing their own name 

 

CLP/CDL applicants must present two different proofs of address, either:

  • Two documents from List A

 OR

  • One document from List A and one document from List B

 

LIST ASubmit one or two documents in the applicant’s name: 

  1. A recent lease or rental agreement for the residence with a term of 6 months or greater, dated within the last six months  
  2. Current Florida voter registration card  
  3. Unexpired Florida vehicle/vessel registration or title  
  4. Current homeowner’s insurance policy or bill  
  5. Current electricity or water bill  
  6. Recent Cellular or landline telephone bill, dated within the last 30-60 days 
  7. Recent Internet service provider bill, dated within the last 30-60 days 
  8. Latest property tax bill  

LIST BSubmit one document in the applicant’s name: 

  1. Latest W-2 form or 1099 form, dated within last 6 months 
  2. Recent bank statement, dated within the last 30-60 days  
  3. Recent credit card statement, dated within the last 30-60 days  
  4. Latest military orders or documents 
  5. Recent pay stub, dated within the last 30-60 days 
  6. Recent official government documents, dated within the last 30-60 days

If unable to provide any acceptable documents from List A, applicant must provide a Declaration of Domicile filed with Clerk of Court AND one document from List B. Certification of Address Forms are not accepted.

First Time Applicants – Commercial Leaner’s Permit (CLP)


First-time CLP applicants will be required to take and pass the Commercial General Knowledge Exam first before any other exams may be taken. Once all desired exams have been passed, the Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) will be issued for one year from the date CDL General Knowledge Exam was passed (not to exceed expiration date of Class E license).

A CLP permits the applicant to practice in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) that would be legal to drive with the CDL class, endorsements, and restrictions as shown on the permit. Vehicles with lower licensing requirements may also be driven.

When driving a commercial motor vehicle with a CLP, the permit holder must also carry their Class E license and only drive with another person who is at least 21 years old, fully licensed for that type of vehicle, and occupies the front seat closest to the driver.

All Commercial Learner’s Permit recipients must hold their CLP for at least 14 days before taking a driving skills exam.

The applicant must complete any necessary Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) and skills exams to have their full Commercial Driver License (CDL) issued prior to the expiration date of the CLP. To renew a Commercial Learner’s Permit, all written exams will need to be retaken. 

Out-of-State CDL Holders


Customers who surrender a valid commercial driver license from another state can have all exams and endorsements (excluding HAZMAT) reciprocated and will not have to retake any CDL tests.

Customers with a hazmat endorsement from out of state will need to complete the required knowledge testing and background check process in the state of Florida. See requirements in the endorsements section below.

Canadian CDL Holders


Canadian CDL holders that wish to reciprocate CDL exams can do so by relinquishing their Canadian CDL. All exams and endorsements (excluding HAZMAT) will be reciprocated.

Customers that wish to maintain their Canadian CDL will be required to take all applicable CDL written and skill exams.

US Armed Forces CDL Drivers


Customers with military commercial driving experience can request to have driving skills exams reciprocated to obtain a Florida CDL.

To do this you must:

  1. First pass all required written exams for the class of license/endorsements you would like.
  2. Then, present the Certification for Waiver of Skill Test for Military Personnel form completed by your commanding officer or designee within one year from the date applicant was honorably discharged from military service.

Commercial Driver License Classes


There are three classes of commercial licenses in Florida:

  1. Class A – Allows you to operate trucks or truck combinations weighing 26,001 lbs. or more and tow a vehicle/unit over 10,000 lbs.
  2. Class B – Allows you to operate straight trucks and buses 26,001 lbs. or more.
  3. Class C – Allows you to operate vehicles transporting placarded amounts of hazardous materials, or vehicles designed to transport more than 15 persons including the driver with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 lbs.

Endorsements


The following endorsements can be placed on Class A, B, or C commercial driver licenses:

  1. (H) Placarded Hazmat
  2. (N) Tank Vehicles
  3. (T) Double/Triple Trailers
  4. (P) Passengers
  5. (S) School Bus
  6. (X) Placarded Hazmat & Tank Vehicles

We process customers for hazmat endorsement by appointment only at our North and South Fort Myers offices.

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For more information and definitions on CDL endorsements, visit FLHSMV's CDL endorsement page.

Medical Self-Certification Requirements


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require all Commercial Driver License holders to certify with the State’s Driver License Agency in one of four categories.

CDL holders are no longer exempt from carrying a medical card simply because they are not currently driving commercial motor vehicles.

For more information on CDL Medical requirements view our CDL medical certification brochure or visit FLHSMV's CDL medical page.

There are two options for self-certifying:

  1. Online
  2. In-office

Online customers can update their category or medical card for free. Customers who are updating a medical card will be required to upload an image of the card to self-certify online.

CDL Testing


Written CDL exams are available at all LCTC full service centers  by appointmentfrom 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Monday through Friday, excluding Holiday closings.

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Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) and commercial skills exams (driving tests) are provided through multiple third-party providers across the state. 

Third party testing sites