- Decide what endorsements you need to drive your desired commercial vehicle.
- Study for the written test with online CDL test questions and answers.
- Schedule an appointment at the DMV. Don’t forget to bring your social security card, birth certificate, proof of residency (usually 2 documents), and money to pay for the testing fees with you to the DMV.
You have your permit and are now ready to drive with a licensed commercial driver accompanying you. You can train with a friend who has a cdl, with a trucking company, or with a certified truck training facility.
- Practice for your basic skills test. The test is composed of straight line backing, offset backing, parallel parking, and alley docking. These maneuvers can be tricky, but with a couple hours of practice you will do just fine.
- Study for your cdl pre-trip inspection. Go around the truck naming all the parts of the truck and describe each part’s function.
- Take the tests with your truck training facility or at your DMV.
It will take a few days for your test results to be registered in the system with the DMV. After a few days go to the DMV and pick up your CDL license.