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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.

Learn more about the commercial driver's license 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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