Although each state has a slightly different process for getting a CDL, most states require you to go through the DMV to get a CDL license.
Those who have just begun the CDL process can get a copy of the CDL application either online or at your local DMV. However, some states require you to fill out the CDL license application in person. Be sure to check before completing it. You can then turn in your completed application and necessary documents to your local DMV.
Written exams and road skills tests can also be done at your local DMV. You’ll need to make an appointment prior to your exam as most DMV’s will not take walk-ins. You should also check to see if your state allows third-party testing. This gives trucking schools or trucking companies the ability to administer the road skills test. Visit your DMV’s website to see if this is an option.
Some states may require you to complete a state-approved training course or certification class before you can get your license. You’ll want to ensure you’ve checked your state’s CDL requirements prior to beginning training. If no state-approved training is required, you can use an online CDL course or practice tests to help you prepare for the exam.
Once you’ve completed your CDL course, passed the written exam, and finished your CDL road test, you’ll have earned your CDL license. In regards to getting a physical copy of your CDL license, some states allow you to pick it up the next day at your local DMV. Others will mail you a copy.