THIS SCHOOL IS LICENSED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

Steps to get a Commercial Driver License (CDL)

1. Have NYS Driver License (Class D, E or Non-CDL C) or a valid CDL from another state.

2. Prepare for written test.

3. Apply for Commercial Learner Permit at a DMV Office.

4.  Pay $40 CDL road test (Skills test) fee before scheduling road test

  • Can pay when DMV issues your Commercial Learner Permit or pay online

5.  Complete Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) prior to taking CDL road test.

6.  Prepare for road test.

  • Study CDL Driver Manual
  •  Practice with supervision by a driver who holds the same license class as the vehicle being driven
  • Those seeking a bus driver CDL are required to receive the ‘P’ (passenger) endorsement and ‘S’ (school) endorsement.

7.  Schedule CDL road test (skills test).

8.  Take your road test at least 14 days after receiving Commercial Learner Permit.

Common Mistakes

• Failure to do air brake check
• Performing air brake check incorrectly

• Not setting the brake (vehicle moves)
• Not studying the CDL Driver Manual

Important Resources