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Nevada CDL Test Requirements and Endorsements

Nevada CDL
  • How to prepare for the CDL exam
  • Different skills to perfect
  • Various courses to help you get prepared

You Can Earn a CDL

Are you ready to earn your Nevada commercial driver's license? Our resource page will help you get prepared! There are many steps to this process; you'll want to know what to expect. You'll have to pass several tests, including knowledge and skills tests. You can start working today!

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Benefit from a CDL

Could you benefit from having a Nevada commercial driver's license? If you want to legally operate a Class A, B, or C commercial vehicle, you must obtain a CDL. You will also need to acquire endorsements for double/triple trailers, tanker vehicles, passenger vehicles, and vehicles placarded for hazardous materials. The following classifications will require having a CDL endorsement:

  • Class A License - This license is for those who wish to operate combination vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) that exceeds 26,000 pounds, as long as the Gross Vehicles Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is more than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B License - This license is to operate single or combination vehicles where the GVWR of the single vehicle exceeds 26,000 pounds. The vehicle in tow must not exceed 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C License - This license will allow you to legally operate a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, as well as vehicles that are placarded for hazardous materials that don't fall into the above sections.

The Skills Test

You will have to successfully pass a skills test, but only after you've taken and passed a knowledge test. You will be judged and scored on the following skills: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. These tests must be conducted in the type of vehicle you want to become licensed to drive.

  • Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection - You need to be aware if your vehicle is safe enough to drive. You will have to do an inspection of the vehicle and explain what you're inspecting and why.
  • Basic Vehicle Control - Can you properly control your vehicle? You will be asked to move the vehicle forward, backward, and turn it within in a specific area.
  • On-Road Test - You will have to be able to safely drive your vehicle in a variety of traffic situations. These situations may include: railway crossings, curves, highways, and more.

More CDL Requirements

Before you can secure a CDL, you must meet a few more requirements. You must be at least 21 years old to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Those between the ages of 18 and 20 can be granted a CDL for intrastate commerce, but they won't have privileges to transport passengers for hire or transport hazardous materials requiring placards. Furthermore, a physical examination must be passed every two years, with a report of good health and vision. Drivers cannot be colorblind.

At the DMV

Before going to the DMV, make sure you've gathered the following documents: a current driver's license, a Department of Transportation Physical Examination Form, and your social security card.

The DMV Fees

For a list of current fees regarding CDL licensing and endorsements, visit the Nevada DMV.

Driver's License Info on Nevada's Official DMV website

Where Can I Get More Information?

Nevada CDL Manual: Nevada CDL Driver's Handbookpdf

For Federal Requirements for a CDL: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/cdl/cdl.htm

For Medical Requirements for a CDL: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/medical.htm