Virginia 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

After obtaining a Class A commercial driver license (CDL), people can drive their commercial vehicles all over the country. In some cases, people are restricted in where they can drive a commercial vehicle. Applicants from 18 to 20 years old may apply, but they will only be able to drive the vehicle within the state of Virginia.

Documents Needed to Apply

Virginia residents will at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If they have never obtained a regular driver license, they will be required to show proof of their identity and their residency in the state. Those who are 19 years of age and older will need to bring two documents proving their identity and their social security numbers. Those under the age of 19 will need to show the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of citizenship or legal residence
  • Proof of residency in the state of Virginia
  • Proof of social security number

Those who are required to pass a medical examination according to the Virginia motor carrier safety’s regulations will need to bring their medical cards with them when they apply.

The Required Driving Instruction

Applicants for the CDL will also need to prove that they have received adequate driving instruction. Those who do not have a valid driver license will need to present proof that they have passed a state-approved driving instruction program for the commercial vehicle. The other option is to hold their learner’s permits for at least 30 days before they take their driving skills tests.

The Selective Service Requirement

Applicants who have not previously registered with the Selective Service and refuse to allow the DMV to send their information to the service will not be able to receive a CDL in Virginia.

The CDL Application Process

When applying, the first step is to fill out the application. They will be asked to take a vision test. To be able to pass this test, they will need to have at least 20/40 vision in both eyes. Then, they will be asked to take the general knowledge exam. If they will pull a double/triple trailer or drive a vehicle with air brakes, they will have additional tests to take as well. These additional tests will add endorsements to their licenses. Those who pass the vision and written tests can proceed to take the driving skills test. The written test covers information from the Virginia CDL Manual.

Taking the Driving Skills Test

The driving test will require knowledge in three areas. Applicants need to know what they are required to inspect to ensure that the vehicle is safe to drive. They will need to be able to control the vehicle while backing up, moving forward or making turns. Lastly, they will show that they can operate the vehicle in live traffic situations. Upon passing this exam, applicants will receive their license in the mail.

The License is valid for eight years and will expire on the applicants’ birthdays. However, those who will obtain the HAZMAT endorsement must renew their CDLs within five years. Those who have allowed their license to expire for over one year are subject to retesting when looking to re-license. CDL licenses in Virginia are valid for 8 years.

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