New Jersey 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

Before you get your NJ driving job, there are a couple of different steps and processes for you to follow when looking to meet all New Jersey commerical driver's license (CDL) requirements. You must follow this New Jersey licensing information completely if you plan on receiving your CDL license.

New Jersey residents who wish to apply for a Class A commercial driver license (CDL) will do so at the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). To qualify, applicants must have their Class D driver licenses and the appropriate proof of their identity. They will need to pay $125 as an application fee and fill out the required forms. If they are not ready to take the knowledge tests, they can return at a later date after they have had a chance to study the CDL driver manual.

The Required Examinations

After they pay their fees, applicants receive their permits. They also receive the form that they will take to their physical examinations. Their physical exams will be good for two years. After receiving their permits, applicants can take the knowledge tests at any time. They will also take a vision test. They will pass this vision test if both eyes can be demonstrated to have 20/40 vision.

Every applicant will need to take the general knowledge test. Some people will be transporting hazardous chemicals, or they will be operating a double or triple trailer. If this is the case, these applicants will take an extra test that will add endorsements to their licenses allowing them to drive commercial vehicles of these types. Use the free New Jersey CDL Manual to study for your written test.  The driving test will cover your handling and operation of the truck.

The Knowledge Tests for a Class A License

Applicants will need to expect to spend at least two hours taking their tests. The general knowledge test will have 70 questions for the Class A exam. In total, the endorsement examinations will add another 95 questions, and they include the following:

  • The double/triple trailer exam – 20 questions
  • The tanker exam – 20 questions
  • The hazardous materials exam – 30 questions
  • The air brakes exam – 25 questions

Applicants will need to pass these exams with at least an 80 percent.

The Road Test

Applicants will only need to wait 20 days before they can take the driving skills test. During this test, applicants will need to show their prowess in inspecting their vehicles and making sure that they are safe to drive. They will do this by informing the examiner of what they are inspecting and why they are inspecting it.

Next, the applicants will need to show that they can properly control the vehicle. The examiner will explain what moves the applicants must perform. They will be scored on how well they can maneuver the vehicle forward and backward and remain within the marked lines.

Lastly, applicants will need to take the vehicle on the road and show that they can adequately operate the commercial vehicle in traffic. This will require that they drive in many different situations, including across railroad tracks, up and down hills, through intersections and on rural roads.

Receiving the CDL

Those who pass the road test receive an authorization slip that allows them to obtain their CDL. Applicants take this authorization slip and their permits to the MVC where they will pay the $42 fee plus $2 for each endorsement that is valid for four years.

New Jersey re-licensing information is pretty lax. As long as you file within three years of your expiration, you will be able to renew your license. You may be required to retest, but will not have to completely apply for the CDL once again.

 View Truck Driving Schools in New Jersey that will train your for your CDL License. 

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