Michigan CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
Driving Between States Age:
Hazardous Age:
Exams Required:
  • Vision
  • Written Test
  • Driving Test
IDs Required:
  • State ID
  • Social Security Card

Michigan residents will be able to apply for a commercial driver license (CDL) if their driving records are acceptable. A driving record that shows a person has more than one driver license will not be able to apply for a CDL. If the driver’s license has been suspended, revoked, denied or cancelled, the driver cannot apply for a CDL.

Residents will not be able to apply for their CDL if any of the following circumstances applies to them:

  • They received a six-point violation on their driving records two years prior to submitting their applications
  • They have been convicted of driving a commercial vehicle under the influence two years prior to submitting their applications
  • Their licenses were suspended or revoked three years prior to submitting their applications

All those who do not fit the descriptions above can submit an application for their CDLs if they are at least 18 years old. These drivers will be able to obtain a license that allows them to drive within Michigan only.

Transporting Hazardous Materials

Transporting hazardous materials will require that the driver be at least 21 years old. To apply for this type of CDL, the applicants will need to prove that they are United States citizens and complete the Federal Security Threat Assessment.

Where to Apply for the CDL

Michigan residents will apply for their CDL at the local branch of the Secretary of State. They will need to take a document that shows their Social Security Numbers. Part of the application process is the medical examination, and they will need to present their documents showing they meet the physical requirements for driving commercial vehicles. Those applying to transport hazardous materials will also bring the extra documents mentioned above.

The Testing Process

Once they have submitted their applications, they will take a written test and an eye test. The knowledge test covers the Michigan CDL Manual. After passing these tests, applicants will be granted their CDL permits. These permits will allow them time to practice for the road skills test that they will take at a later date. They can schedule an appointment to take the road skills test with one of the third-party testers approved by Michigan. After passing the test, they return to the Secretary of State’s office and receive their CDLs.

Michigan re-licensing information states that those who renew within one year of an expired license will not have to go through the written or driving test again.

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