Louisiana CDL Information

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Louisiana CDL Information


Louisiana CDL requirements

If you get a ticket in Louisiana.


The minimum requirements for applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Louisiana are that you must be at least 18 years of age and must have a valid driver’s license. Your driver’s license does not have to be a Louisiana license, but it must be valid in the state from which it was issued. If you currently have a CDL from another state, you are required to bring it to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, along with all state of Louisiana medical and ID requirements and proof of insurance for any vehicles you’ve already registered in Louisiana. You will be required to take a vision exam and pay the Louisiana CDL fee. Louisiana has state requirements for DCL applicants that must be met as well as the federal regulations overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Detailed information can be found at the FMCSA website, but in general, federal requirements for all commercial drivers include:

  • A minimum age of 18 to drive within your state of residence and 21 to drive outside of your state of residence or transport hazardous materials
  • A completed CDL application within your state and payment of the required fee
  • Identification and Social Security verification according to your state’s requirements
  • Proof of state and U.S. residency
  • Completion of a Medical Exam Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate Form
  • A passing score on the required vision test
  • Applying for and driving with a commercial learner’s permit for at least 14 days
  • Passing a knowledge exam and road skills and driving exam within your state

Above are links to some helpful information regarding meeting the requirements for drivers who wish to apply for their CDL in the state of Louisiana.