Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities. In order to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), an applicant must pass both knowledge and skills testing geared to these higher standards. Driving a commercial motor vehicle is a big responsibility. A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is different than a personal passenger license. Commercial vehicles being a larger size are quite different from driving a small car or truck.
Getting a CDL involves several steps. There are knowledge and skills testing ,medical requirements and residency requirements. We help people from all over the state of Texas to begin their written test to obtain a CDL - Commercial Driver License. In the box above you will find the commercial driver handbook just click on cdl manual and you can download, bookmark, or study from here. You can also go to your local drivers license office and get a copy. In this book you will find information on what it takes to pass the test in order to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
The first step is to study the required sections of the Texas Commercial Drivers Handbook, required for the type of CDL you wish to obtain. There are three classes of Commercial driver license.
1.) Class A CDL - Tractor, Trailer Combination. - With a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more if the GVWR of the vehicle(s) towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.
2.) Class B CDL - Bus, Dump Truck, etc. - Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, or a Vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more including the driver.
3.) Class C CDL - Any Single or Combination not included in a class A or Class B - With a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds towing a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds.
Once you have decide the class of license you want to get there are a few steps that must be taken:
- Step 1.) Get a DOT Medical card - This requires that you get a DOT physical from a medical examiner that is certified with the FMCSA. (Click on the link and enter your zip code)
- Step 2.) Study your Texas Commercial Driver Handbook - The written test can only be taken at the Department of Public Safety Driver License Office. In the CDL Manual there are questions through out, these questions will assist you with passing your written tests, once you have studied that section.
- Step 3.) You will want to take the two tests required to get a CDL permit, this permit allows you to work with a licensed driver or instructor. To receive this permit you will want to study the following section in your CDL Manual:
Combination Vehicle - section 6
Commercial Rules - section 14
- Step 4.) Complete the other three written exams, which includes the following sections: General Knowledge - sections 1,2,3,12,13
Pre-trip Inspection - section 11
Air-Brakes - section 5
- Step 5.) Schedule an appointment for the driving test, on the day of the test you will need to provide the truck for your exam.
All other sections not listed above in the Texas Commercial Handbook are endorsements, these endorsements are only required if you plan on driving any of these:
* Combination Vehicles with double or triple trailers.<Doubles/Triples> - (Written Test Only)
* Any vehicle intended for hauling liquids in bulk. <Tank Vehicle> - (Written Test Only)
* Any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers including driver. <Passenger Transport>
(Written and Driving Tests)
* Any vehicle used to transport hazardous materials. <Hazardous Material> (Written Test Only)
* School bus.- (Written and Driving Test)