Nebraska CDL Requirements

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

Nebraska has a total of 99 exam stations for those who wish to apply for their commercial driver licenses (CDLs). They must be at least 18 years of age to do so, but if they are going to driving their vehicles interstate, they will need to be at least 21.

The Documents Needed to Apply

Nebraska strictly requires that applicants provide proof of their identity in order to guard against identity theft. The document they present will need to have their full names as well as their birthdates. They will also need to present proof that they are currently living at their stated addresses, and this will require that they show two different documents. They might need to present their social security cards as well.

The Written Examinations

Nebraska drivers will need to pass several examinations before they will be granted their CDLs. They will have to take a general knowledge test of the rules of the road. If they are adding endorsements to their licenses, they will need to take a separate written test for each one of them. After they pass all of the above-mentioned exams, they will take a driving skills test.  Applicants should study from the Nebraska CDL Manual for their written exam.  Upon completion and passing, applicants will take a driving test that will test pre-trip inspection, driving skills, and a basic road test.

The Physical Examinations

Application also requires that applicants are physically suited for this activity. After passing an initial physical examination, applicants will need to take the physical exam again every two years. In order to pass they eye tests, they will need to have 20/40 vision with or without contact lenses or glasses. They will need to be able to see in a 70-degree angle in both eyes. They will also need to pass a hearing test.

The Driving Skills Test

The driving skills test comprises of three different areas of operation. The first is the vehicle inspection. Applicants must demonstrate aloud that they know how to ensure that their vehicles are ready to be taken onto the road. They will need to be able to justify their decisions.

In the second part of the exam, applicants will demonstrate that they can adequately control the vehicle. In an exam area that contains lanes, cones or some other obstruction, applicants will show that they can maneuver their vehicles forward, backward and in any other direction asked of them.

In the third part of the test, applicants will take their vehicles on the roads. They will be asked to show their proficiency in several different areas of operation, including the following:

  • Making right and left turns
  • Traveling through intersections
  • Moving through railroad crossings
  • Driving around curves
  • Taking the vehicle up or down a hill
  • Driving on single or multi-lane streets

Receiving The CDL

After Nebraska residents pass their driving skills tests, they will receive their license after they pay a $57.50 fee. If they are under 21 when they apply for their CDLs, their licenses will be valid until their 21st birthdays. If they are at least 21 when they apply, their licenses will be valid for five years.

Those who have let their CDL expire for one year or longer will be expected to retake all CDL tests. Nebraska re-licensing information states that everyone must go through a new vision test and may have to provide a new physical every renewal period.

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