Colorado CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
Driving Between States Age:
Hazardous Age:
Exams Required:
  • Vision
  • Health
  • Written Test
  • Driving Test
IDs Required:
  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card

It is important for all who are looking for trucking jobs in Colorado to understand the licensing information and the Colorado CDL requirements.

A commercial driver’s license means you are approved by the state to operate big trucks or buses or any vehicle which carries dangerous substances. Colorado defines these trucks and buses as any vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds which can tow another vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds, any vehicle which can carry more than 16 people and any vehicle which carries hazardous material such as acids, gasoline or radioactive material. Colorado requires special endorsements to haul hazardous materials, drive double or triple trailers, drive school buses or any bus that carries16 or more passengers or drive a truck carrying a tank for liquids.

Anyone wanting to drive large vehicles must train extensively. The state of Colorado issues a permit called a CDL Training Permit which allows the driver to drive the large vehicles as long as there is a certified driver sitting in the passenger seat. This license costs $14.

Once a driver feels comfortable in his vehicle, he can take two tests to get the license. He has to carry certain documents to prove his identy when he shows up to take the tests. He must have a valid Colorado driver’s license, proof of lawful presence in the United States, a document that shows his name and address and that he is over 18 (drivers between 18 and 21 can’t drive outside Colorado or haul hazardous material), proof of a valid social security number and a document showing completion of a Federal Department of Transportation medical examination. The applicant also has to pass a Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) and National Driver Record (NDR) background check.

Colorado features a battery of tests, all of which are provided through third-party sources, rather than through the state itself. Colorado CDL Requirements will require you to pass a CDL knowledge exam (written) and a CDL road skills test. Testing criteria include actual driving, basic skills, and full vehicle inspection.  Study for your test from the free Colorado CDL Manual.

After the applicant has shown his documentation to the examiner, he has to pass the written test by 80% or higher. The test is taken from the CDL driver’s handbook so there are no surprises for any applicant who has studied.

The driving test examines the driver’s ability and knowledge in pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control and on-road driving. The applicant must bring his own truck or bus. In most cases, the prospective employer will supply the truck. Colorado charges $35 for the cdl license.

Colorado re-licensing information states that individuals who are working to renew or re-license their CDL cannot do so online. Individuals will be expected to renew their license before the license expires, or they may be subject to re-testing for all CDL test requirements.

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