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Texas CDL Test Requirements and Endorsements

Texas CDL
  • Discover the various DMV fees
  • Learn the different types of CDLs
  • Know what skills you'll be tested on

Don't Waste Time - Get a CDL

You can easily become familiar with what it takes to earn a Texas commercial driver's license. This guide will educate you on the different types of CDLs, as well as what to expect on the knowledge and skills tests. Don't go to the DMV unprepared - get to work!

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You May Need a CDL

You will find it necessary to have a Texas commercial driver's license, if you want to operate a Class A, B, or C commercial vehicle. Endorsements will also be needed for double/triple trailers, tanker vehicles, passenger vehicles, and vehicles placarded for hazardous materials. To operate a commercial vehicle in one of the following categories, you must have a CDL endorsement:

  • Class A License - This type is needed to operate combination vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) exceeding 26,000 pounds, but only if the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is more than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B License - This type is needed for single or combination vehicles where the GVWR of the single vehicle exceeds 26,000 pounds. The vehicle in tow cannot exceed 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C License - This type is needed to operate a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, and vehicles placarded for hazardous materials that don't meet the qualifications of the above categories.

CDL Skills Test

If you pass the knowledge test, then you'll be ready to take the skills test. This test will consist of you being judged on the following: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. You will have to take these tests in the type of vehicle in which you want to be licensed to drive.

  • Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection - It's vital to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. Not only will you have to conduct an inspection, you will have to report your actions and findings to the examiner.
  • Basic Vehicle Control - You must now how to control the vehicle. Therefore, you will be tested to see if you can move the vehicle forward, backward, and turn it within a defined area.
  • On-Road Test - You will need to be able to safely drive the vehicle in a range of traffic situations, including: left and right turns, intersections, railway crossings, and more.

More CDL Requirements

Other requirements that must be met to obtain a commercial driver's license include the following: passing a physical examination every two years, having good hearing and vision, and not being colorblind.

Items for the DMV

When going to the local DMV, make sure you have the following documents: proof of identity, proof of social security number, proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance (if you own the vehicle), and consent to be photographed and fingerprinted. You will also have to give your signature.

Texas ID and Required Documents

The DMV Fees

Fees are as follows:

  • Original Commercial Driver License: $61
  • CDL Examination: $11 per exam

For current CDL licensing and endorsement fees visit the Texas DPS.

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

Getting More Info

Texas CDL Manual: Texas CDL Driver's Handbook

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