Detailed up-to-date information regarding the "requirements" for a NC Commercial Driver License can be found in the:
New Requirements for Skills Tests, Commercial Learner Permits
As of Oct. 3, 2015, new federal requirements for licensing commercial drivers become effective. Commercial drivers must now pass vehicle and skills testing in sequential order. Also, applicants must hold a commercial learner permit for 14 days before undergoing skills testing. For information, see the document below.
Commercial Driver Endorsements and Restrictions
Security Threat Assessments for CDL Drivers
Effective Feb. 27, 2012, applicants for Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HMEs) may use their
Transportation Worker Identification Credential security threat assessment (TWIC STA) as a
comparable security threat assessment during the application process.
Step 1, Choose License Type
The DMV offers three types of Commercial Driver License CDL.
- Commercial Class A
- Any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating, GVWR, of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of the vehicle or vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
- Commercial Class B
- Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, and any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a GVWR not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
- Commercial Class C
- Any vehicle not described in Class A or B above but is: Designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or used in the transportation of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded under C.F.R., Part 172, Subpart F.
- Commercial Learner Permit
- Must be held for 14 days prior to skills testing
- Valid for 180 days
- Limit of two permits in two years
- Permits thirty days past expiration date, the driver is required to retake all written tests
Your Commercial Driver license is issued for a period of 5 years.
The cost of a license & endorsements is based on the yearly charge.
Step 2, Requirements & Documents
You will need to bring 4 documents total
To avoid inconveniences, make sure you have all necessary documents before visiting the Driver License Office.
In order to apply for the first time issuance of a NC CDL
you will need to gather documents from the following categories:
- Proof of Age & Identity
- You will need 2 documents from this category which provide your full name and date of birth. Listed on the menu below are examples of documents you can use, provided they include your full name (including middle name). Documents that do not include a middle name will not be accepted.
- Acceptable Documents
- Proof of Social Security
- You will need a Social Security card or proof of Social Security Number by presenting one of the following documents:
- Acceptable Documents
- Proof of Residency
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must provide documentation issued by the U.S. government indicating legal presence:
- Acceptable Documents
- Proof of Liability Insurance
- Proof of Clear Driving Record
At time of application, you must certify that;
- Your license is not suspended, disqualified or revoked
- You currently do not hold more than one Driver License
- Medical & Physical Requirements
Many commercial motor vehicle drivers are required to have medical cards. Those who
require medical cards are required to bring them at the time of both the original
application and renewal.
If questions arise about a driver's physical condition, the DMV may require the
driver to submit a completed medical report, before or after certification, provided
by the DMV Driver License Section.
- CDL Learner Permit - Additional Requirements
- You must be at least 18 years of age (21 for operations that require a medical card)
- You must possess a valid Classified A, B, or C Driver License
- Will be accompanied by a licensed CDL
operator, with the proper class of license, in the front seat beside you.
Step 3, Take Driver Tests & Pay Fees
- Written Test
Written tests are provided at all full service Driver License locations.
- Skills Test
Federal regulations require that a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) be issued and held for 14 days prior to skills testing.
Skills tests are provided at many Driver License locations throughout NC. Skills tests are
also given by Certified Third Party testers to employees of their company.
Accepted payment for transactions at DMV Offices include
Some offices accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards. Call ahead to confirm.
|Application Fee [?]
||$3/yr per Endorsement
|Class A License, CDL [?]
|Class B License, CDL [?]
|Class C License, CDL [?]
|Learner Permit, CDL [?]
Suspensions & Revocations
In addition to the rules that apply to the driving public, Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders are required to follow
rules specific to Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers in
order to comply with the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act, maintain their CDL
license and keep their school bus driving privileges.
Detailed up-to-date information regarding the "rules" for a NC Commercial Driver License can be found in the: