To obtain a CDL is the District of Columbia you must first have a valid drivers license, then pass a written test to get a permit, pass a medical exam and then take a road test.
To obtain a permit an applicant must pass a written test based on the materials in the DC Commercial Drivers Training Manual. Before taking the permit exam you can try a sample test online. You will also need to have your doctor fill out the DOT medical form to verify you are in good enough health to operate a commercial vehicle. Upon passing the permit test you will be allowed to drive the class of vehicle you were tested for for up to 90 days when accompanied by a licensed driver.
After getting a CDL permit it is recommended that a new driver takes a commercial truck driving class to gain the skills needed to pass a road test and obtain a license. To schedule your CDL road test call (202) 727-5353to be assigned a time and location for the test. You will need to bring the following:
- A valid drivers license
- Your CDL permit
- You DOT medical certification card
- A vehicle to test in which is registered in the class the license is for
- $39 learners permit fee
- $117 CDL application fee