Texas CDL Requirements

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

Applying for a Class A commercial driver license (CDL) in Texas means that residents will need to take several steps. The first is to find the driver license office that is closest to them. They are going to need to be able to prove their identities, and they can do this by presenting a birth certificate, an unexpired passport or their documents proving that they are legal residents.

The Residency and Identity Requirements

Applicants will also need to prove that they live in Texas full-time. Acceptable documents are those that contain the applicants’ full names and addresses. They must present two documents of this type. Because applicants must have a valid social security number, they will need to show their social security cards or other document that contains their legal numbers.

The Medical, Registration and Liability Coverage Requirements

Applicants will either need to present a medical variance or the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) medical examiner card that shows that they meet the physical requirements to apply. If these applicants have a vehicle registered in their name, they will need to present the registration at this time. They will also need to show that they have purchased the liability coverage that is required in Texas.

Photographs, Fingerprints and the Vision Test

All applicants who apply for a learner’s permit will need to be prepared to have their photographs and fingerprints taken. They will also need to offer an example of their signatures. Those who complete all of the requirements listed above will be able to take a vision test. Applicants who pass the vision tests will move on to the knowledge tests.

The Written Knowledge Tests

Each applicant is required to take a general knowledge test. Some applicants need to take additional examinations to qualify to receive endorsements on their licenses. Some of these endorsements are for driving a vehicle with hazardous materials, air brakes and a double/triple trailer. After passing these tests, they will pay the necessary fees to receive their temporary licenses. The written test covers the knowledge found in the Texas CDL Manual.

The Last Step in the Process

The last part of the application process involves taking a driving skills test. Applicants will need to make an appointment to do so, but they will be able to schedule these appointments online.

When taking the driving skills test, applicants will show their examiners that they can properly inspect the air brake system, that they can identify a leak in the system and that they can read the warning signs. Then, they will take the vehicle on the roads to show that they can start and stop the vehicle, upshift and downshift, merge into traffic and change lanes, read traffic signals and make left and right turns.

Those who pass all of their tests will pay a $60 fee that will be valid for six years.

Texas has a full two-year grace period for those who have allowed their license to expire. Texas re-licensing information allows for these individuals to not have to undergo retesting.

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