Pennsylvania CDL Requirements

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Pennsylvania CDL Requirements

To apply for a commercial driver's license (CDL) or commercial learner's permit (CLP) in the state of Pennsylvania, you will be required to provide original identity and residency documentation. Acceptable identity documents include one of the following:

  • U.S.-issued birth certificate with a raised seal
  • passport
  • current naturalization or immigration document

Acceptable residency documents include:

  • tax records
  • lease agreements
  • mortgage documents
  • W2 form
  • current weapons permit
  • current utility bills
  • your renewal notice or current license

Please note that if you are not currently a licensed driver, or if you have had a driver's license suspended or revoked in any state, you are not eligible to apply for a commercial driver's license.

When the required documents have been provided and verified, you will be eligible to take the knowledge tests and apply for your commercial learner's permit (CLP). A CLP is the first step toward receiving your CDL and it is required for every applicant to hold a CLP for at least 14 days, but no longer than 180 days, before taking the road skills test. The type of tests you take will depend on which type of CDL (Class A, B or C) you are seeking.

When you have passed your knowledge tests and held your CLP for at least 14 days, you will be eligible to take the skills tests to obtain your CDL. You must make an appointment with your local DMV office, bring the type of vehicle you intend to drive commercially, and take a skills test that covers pre-trip inspection, off-the-road maneuvers, and vehicle parking.