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To apply for your commercial driver’s license (CDL) in the state of New York, you must not currently hold a CDL in any other state. If you do, you will be required to surrender your current license at the time you begin the application process. There are state requirements that are specific to New York that must be met as well as the federal regulations overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). All drivers seeking to apply for a CDL should be familiar with both. Federal regulations may vary slightly from year to year, but in general, to meet the requirements for applying for a commercial driver’s license, you must: