Massachusetts CDL Test Requirements and Endorsements
- Become familiar with different types of CDLs
- Learn about different courses to take
- Know what documents to take to the DMV
You Can Get a CDL
We've put together a resource page that will be prudent in helping you receive your Massachusetts commercial driver's license. Before your CDL can be earned, you will have to successfully pass knowledge and skills tests. Let us educate you today - you'll be on the road in no time!
Available CDL Courses
- General Knowledge
- Air Brakes
- Combination Vehicles
- Hazardous Materials
- School Bus
- Passenger Transport
- Pre-trip Inspection
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Do You Need a CDL?
Do you plan on operating a commercial vehicle in the State of Massachusetts? If so, then you will find securing a Massachusetts commercial driver's license to be a necessity. You will also need further endorsements to drive double/triple trailers, tanker vehicles, passenger vehicles, and vehicles placarded for hazardous materials.
- Class A License - This type of license is needed to operate a combination vehicle 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 weighs more than 10,000 pounds.
- Class B License - You will need this license for single or combination vehicles when the GVWR of the single vehicle is more than 26,000 pounds. The vehicle in tow cannot weigh more than 10,000 pounds.
- Class C License - This license is needed to drive a vehicle that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, as well as vehicles placarded for hazardous materials that do not fall into the other two classes of licenses.
The Knowledge and Skills Tests
You will first have to pass a written exam and a vision test. Once completed successfully, you will receive a CDL permit that is valid for two years. In order to drive, you will have to be accompanied by a licensed driver who holds a valid license. You will have to call the RMV Telephone Center to schedule a road test. It is during the skills test in which you will be judged in the following categories: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
- Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection - It's important to know if your vehicle is safe to drive. You will be asked to explain what you're inspecting and why you're doing so.
- Basic Vehicle Control - Your skills to control the vehicle will be tested. During this test, you'll have to move the vehicle forward, backward, and turn it within a defined area.
- On-Road Test - You will need to be able to drive in various traffic situations, including: intersections, railways crossings, curves, multi-lane roads, and more.
You will have to be 18 years old to gain an intrastate CDL, and be at least 21 years old to obtain an interstate CDL. You will also have to pass a physical examination once every two years. You will have to possess good hearing, 20/40 vision, and a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. You cannot be colorblind.
At the DMV
You don't want to make more than one trip to the DMV; therefore, you'll want to make sure you have the correct documents with you. To apply for your permit, you'll need: a current driver's license, a Department of Transportation Physical Examination Form, and your social security card. For the road test, you'll need: a completed CDL Application for your license, you valid CDL permit, a current driver's license, a valid DOT medical certificate or medical waiver, a qualified sponsor, and a properly equipped vehicle with proof of insurance covering and registration.
The knowledge test is $30.00. Each endorsement test (if taken at the same time as the knowledge test) will cost $10.00. However, if taken after the CDL permit or license has been issued, then each endorsement with be $30.00. The fee for the road test is $20.00. Depending on the specific county you live in, prices may vary.
Massachusetts CDL Manual: Download Massachusetts 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