Nevada 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

You will need a Nevada commercial driver's license (CDL) before applying for trucking jobs in Nevada. Those who are applying for a commercial license for the first time in Nevada will do so at one of the state’s CDL offices. If applicants have held driver licenses in other states in the past decade, they will need to inform the state when they apply for a CDL. Nevada is required to pull each applicant’s driving history from these other states, so it is important to make sure they offer this information. The office will check new applicants’ driving records to ensure that their licenses have not been and are not about to be revoked or suspended.

The Age Requirements in Nevada

If applicants are under age 21 but at least 18, they will be able to apply for a restricted CDL. This means that they will not be able to transport people or hazmat materials within their vehicles. They also must not travel on an interstate basis.

Applicants who are at least 21 years of age may apply for the endorsements that will allow them to transport hazmat materials and people. They may also travel outside of the state with their commercial vehicles. However, if the vehicle is a combination vehicle equal to more than 70 feet in length, applicants must be at least age 25.

Proving Identity and Residency

If applicants are applying for the first time in Nevada, they will need to present proof of identity and residency. In order to prove their identity, they will need to present a document that contains their names as well as their birthdates. They will also need a separate document that contains their social security numbers. If they are presenting a copy of the document, it will need to be a certified copy.

In order to prove residency in the state of Nevada, they will need to present documents that show their street addresses.

Beginning the Application Process

Obtaining a CDL in Nevada will mean that applicants have passed a physical examination. When they present themselves at the CDL office to begin the application process, they will need to have their Medical Examiner’s Certificates that prove they have passed their medical exams. They will also submit the application and the documents proving their identity and residency at this time.

After the office accepts the above-mentioned documents, applicants will receive their written knowledge tests. They will have a general knowledge test as well as any tests they need to take to qualify for their necessary endorsements. Upon passing these written exams, they will be able to schedule a time to take their driving skills tests. Applicants will have up to one year to train on the desired commercial vehicle after they apply for and receive their Instruction Permit. Use the free Nevada CDL Manual to study for the written test

When applicants are ready to take their driving skills tests, they will make an appointment to do so at the CDL office. During the exam, they will show their instructors that they know when the vehicle is ready to be taken on the road, that they can control it and that they can operate it on the public roads and highways.

Nevada re-licensing information states that those who renew their license may be required to submit new medical information. Renewal must happen every four years, and must be done in person.

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