CDL Driving Verification

You will be asked to verify the type of driving you do and provide medical certification information to DMV to obtain a CDL. For more information please see:

Skill Testing & Physical Qualifications
For more information on:
  • CDL Skill Testing Sites
  • Physical Qualifications for a CDL and Medical Card Exemptions

View the online Commercial Driver's Manual or contact any Driver License Office to obtain the printed version.

NC Military CDL Skills Waiver Program
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Commercial trucks driving on Interstate 40

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.

For information:

Step 1, Choose License Type

The DMV offers three types of commercial driver licenses:

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

Note: NCDMV now offers an N.C. REAL ID driver license. Additional information and requirements are available here.

License Expiration

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

Note: Requirements and documents for an N.C. REAL ID driver license are different than those for a standard license. Additional information is available here.

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.


Important Notice: NCDMV fees increase Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles accepts Cash, money orders, personal checks[?] and American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards at all NCDMV office locations.

Commercial Driver License
Application Fee [?] $40
CDL Endorsement $4/yr per Endorsement
Class A License, CDL [?] $20/yr
Class B License, CDL [?] $20/yr
Class C License, CDL [?] $20/yr
Duplicate License $13
Learner Permit, CDL [?] $20

Licensing Fees, Contact Information

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Important Notice: NCDMV fees increase Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.

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: