Commercial Driver License (CDL)

There is a federal requirement that each state have minimum standards for the licensing of commercial drivers.

The State of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides driver license testing information for drivers who wish to have a commercial driver license (CDL). The information provided here does NOT provide information on all the federal and state requirements needed before you can drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Information on CMV operation requirements may be obtained from the Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

You must have a CDL to operate:

  • Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
    • A combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
  • Any size vehicle which requires hazardous material placards or is carrying material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73. Federal regulations through the Department of Homeland Security require a background check and fingerprinting for the Hazardous Materials endorsement.

To get a Florida CDL, you must hold a Florida Class E license and pass knowledge and skills tests. Formal training is the most reliable way to learn the many special skills required for safely driving a large commercial vehicle and becoming a professional driver in the trucking industry. Be prepared to have your photo taken and your vision checked. If corrected lenses are required, please have them with you.

More information concerning obtaining your CDL license can be found on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.