Commercial Driver’s License or Learner’s Permit Document

Commercial Driver’s License or Commercial Learner’s Permit Document

Commercial Driver’s License and issuance of the license itself remains the exclusive function of the States. States may determine the application process, license fee, license renewal cycle, renewal procedures, and reinstatement requirements after a disqualification; provided that the Federal standards and criteria are met. States may exceed the Federal requirements for certain criteria, such as medical, fitness, and other driver qualifications.

Per Federal regulations, all Commercial Driver’s Licenses must contain the following information:

  • The words “Commercial Driver’s License” or “CDL;”
  • The driver’s full name, signature, and mailing address;
  • The driver’s date of birth, sex, and height;
  • Color photograph of the license holder;
  • The driver’s State license number;
  • The name of the issuing State;
  • The date of issuance and the date of the expiration of the license or permit;
  • The class(es) of vehicle that the driver is authorized to drive;
  • Notation of the “air brake” restriction, if issued;
  • The endorsement(s) for which the driver has qualified;

Note: The Social Security Number must be provided on the application, but must not be printed on the CDL or CLP.

States may issue commercial learner’s permits for purposes of behind-the-wheel training on public highways as long as the learner’s permit holder is required to be accompanied by someone with a valid CDL appropriate for the class and type of vehicle being operated. Further, the learner’s permits can only be issued for limited time periods. The permit holder cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle transporting hazardous materials as defined in §383.5. The permit holder must have a valid operators (non-CDL) driver’s license, and have passed such vision, sign/symbol, and knowledge tests as the State issuing the learner’s permit ordinarily administers to applicants for operator (non-CDL) drivers’ licenses.

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