Idaho CDL Information
Effective February 7, 2022, all drivers applying for a new CDL, applying to upgrade an existing CDL to a higher class, or applying for an S, P, or H endorsement for the first time, must complete entry-level driver training (ELDT). Those applying for endorsements and/or upgrades must complete ELDT specific to their selected class of CDL or type of endorsement.
To meet requirements, the ELDT must be provided by an organization approved by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMSCA). For a list of approved Idaho training providers, check the FMCSA website.
The state of Idaho classifies commercial vehicles as any vehicle weighing more than 26,000 pounds, designed to carry 16 or more passengers, or used to transport hazardous materials. Anyone driving a vehicle within this classification is required to have a CDL. The only exceptions to this are emergency responders and military personnel. Additionally, vehicles used for personal transport or recreation are exempt.
Idaho allows drivers to apply for a seasonal CDL specifically for agriculture and harvest needs. Applicants for a seasonal CDL must be at least 16 years old and have one year of driving experience. Seasonal CDL holders may only operate class B or C commercial vehicles and must use the vehicle within 150 miles of the farm. Seasonal CDLs are only good for up to 180 days.
The state of Idaho classifies commercial vehicles as follows:
Class A: any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight of 26,001 pounds or more, with trailers weighing 10,000 pounds or more.
Class B: any single vehicle with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more, or any such vehicle towing another vehicle weighing 10,000 pounds or less.
Class C: any vehicle or combination of vehicles that does not meet the Class A or Class B definition, that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, or is intended to transport hazardous materials.