West Virginia CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
18
Driving Between States Age:
21
Hazardous Age:
21
Exams Required:
  • Vision
  • Written Test
  • Driving Test
IDs Required:
  • Driver's License

People will have to meet a few requirements before they can apply for and receive a Class A commercial driver license (CDL). They will need to be at least 18 years old and have had their operator’s or junior operator’s licenses for at least a two-year period. They may be required to pass a physical examination, and they will also need to pass a vision test.

What Can Disqualify People from Attaining the CDL?

It will not be enough for people to meet the above requirements to receive a CDL. They will not qualify if any of the following is found to be true:

  • They are addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • Their regular driver licenses have been cancelled, revoked or suspended
  • The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles has determined them to be dangerous behind the wheel
  • They have not presented the required proof that they have purchased liability insurance
  • They are currently disqualified from driving a motor vehicle in a state other than West Virginia
  • They continue to hold their valid driver licenses from other states

Those who meet all of the qualifications can obtain an application and the driver’s manual. Information covered on the written test is found in the free West Virginia CDL Manual.  Then, they will need to take several documents or mail them to the Division of Motor Vehicles in Charleston. These documents include the following:

  • The completed application
  • Their medical certificates or the DLAB-II
  • Their fees

Once the Division of Motor Vehicles receives these documents, they will send the applicants a test card that will tell them where they can take their written knowledge exams. Then, the applicants can schedule an appointment to take their tests. They will take a general knowledge exam and any other tests that will allow them to drive with hazardous materials, air brakes or a double or triple trailer.

Obtaining a Learner’s Permit

Those who pass their knowledge tests receive their learner’s permits, and this allows them to begin practicing on the commercial vehicle they will eventually drive. The permit will be valid for six months. However, they can renew their permits if they believe that they need an additional six months to practice. They will not be able to do this if more than two years has passed since their first permits were issued. The permit only allows applicants to drive a commercial vehicle if someone who is currently licensed is sitting in the passenger seat with them.

After Passing the Driving Skills Test

The final test is the driving skills test, which is conducted at a third-party testing site. They will need to pay a fee upon arrival for the exam.

Those who pass the driving skills test receive a form that they will present to the appropriate DMV office. They will receive their CDLs at this time. The fees applicants will be required to pay and how long the license will be valid will depend on their age.

West Virginia re-licensing information states that those who have allowed their CDL to expire for over 6 months are subject to retesting. This retesting covers all required tests.

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