Obtaining a Commercial Learner’s Permit
What is required to obtain a CLP?
- You must be at least 18-years-old if you will be transporting property within state lines or be at least 21-years-old if you will be transporting people, and
- You must have held a driver's license for at least one year.
Is a knowledge exam required to obtain a CLP?
You must pass the specific knowledge exam for the vehicle type that you plan to operate.
|Vehicle Type||Required Exam|
|All commercial vehicles||General knowledge exam|
|All school buses||School bus endorsement exam and passenger transport exam|
|All buses||Passenger transport exam|
|Vehicle with air brakes||Air brakes exam|
|Combination of vehicles||Combination vehicle exam|
|Drivers required to transport hazardous material||Hazardous material exam|
|Drivers required to transport liquids in bulk||Tanker exam|
|Drivers required to pull double or triple trailers||Doubles/triples exam|
You may find the material covered in the knowledge examinations in the CDL test booklet.
How long is a CLP valid?
When you pass a knowledge exam, the results are valid for 180 days. You may receive only three CLPs in two years. A CLP is valid for 180 days.
Holders of a valid CLP may operate a commercial motor vehicle only when accompanied by the holder of a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL), who has the proper class and endorsement(s) necessary to operate the commercial motor vehicle.
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