Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Definition - What does Commercial Driver's License (CDL) mean?

A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), is a special type of license required for any individual who wishes to operate a vehicle with a gross weight of over 26,000 pounds. It is also required if the vehicle is transporting hazardous materials or if carrying over 16 passengers. These regulations include individuals operating buses, tractor trailers and tow trucks. The main benefit to obtaining any class of CDL is directly tied to increased employment opportunities.

Testopedia explains Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

The CDL test is comprised of both a written and a driving test. Exact testing procedures will vary by state, but the written test will contain a minimum of 30 questions. To be successful a participant must score a minimum of 80% on their written test before progressing to their driving test. Driving tests may or may not contain a "walk-around" where the participant will check various parts of the truck in front of their testing administrator as part of their score. Once a CDL is obtained, further endorsements, such as tank truck or hazardous material, can be added with additional testing. These tests are administered at your local DMVs.

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