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Apply for Commercial Driver License

The Division of Motorist Services has its driver license offices throughout the entire state with working hours from 8 am to 5 pm every Monday to Friday. You can easily find their addresses, phone numbers and all other information needed at their driver license office directory. Appointments are always recommended.

There are several tests that applicants need to pass in order to obtain a commercial driver license. Here is a short explanation of each of the tests needed for obtaining a driver license:

  • Hearing test – this test includes hearing a spoken conversation in a normal tone of voice. (Deaf applicants are restricted to driving with a rear view mirror located on the left side of the vehicle, or wearing a hearing aid.)

  • Vision test – this test includes inspection of the vision with an eye machine. (Visual activity readings worse than 20/40 are furthermore inspected by an eye specialist. Color blindness is not considered as a special condition for different type of licensing.)

  • Road signs – this is a multiple-choice-answer test that comprises 20 questions related to road signs.

  • Road rules – this is a multiple-choice-answer that comprises of 20 questions related to traffic laws and safety.

  • Driving test – for this test, the applicant needs to provide a vehicle with a valid tag, proof of insurance and a valid vehicle inspection certificate.

All applicants can find commercial driver license handbooks at their local license offices. They can use them for free and return them back in order to be re-used. These handbooks are also available online.

Types of Commercial Driver License

There are 3 types of commercial driver licenses and all 3 of them have different requirements:

Class A, commercial motor vehicles – this category includes trucks or truck combinations with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 lbs, considering that a towed vehicle weighs more than 10,000 lbs. The requirements for this license are the following:

  • Minimum age of 18 years

  • General knowledge test

  • Combinations vehicle test

  • Air brakes

  • Applicable endorsement exams

  • Vision – 20/40 in each eye

  • Pre tip

  • Hearing – the applicant must hear a whisper

  • Basic skills

  • Driving

Class B, commercial motor vehicles – this category includes trucks weighing 26,001 lbs, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or more.

The requirements for this license are the following:

  • General knowledge test

  • Air brakes (if possible)

  • Vision – 20/40 in each eye

  • Hearing – the applicant must hear a whisper

  • Pre tip

  • Basic skills

  • Driving

Class C – this category includes vehicles transporting great amounts of hazardous materials or vehicles designed to transport more than 15 people including the driver with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating less than 26,001 lbs.

The requirements for this license is the following:

  • General knowledge test

  • Air brakes (if possible)

  • Vision – 20/40 in each eye

  • Hearing – the applicant must hear a whisper

  • Driving

Documents Needed for a Commercial Driver License

Applicants aged 18 or older must provide:

Applicants under 18 should also present a parental consent form which must be verified by a notary public or signed in the presence of a driver license examiner.

Costs

The commercial driver license in Florida is valid for 4 years and it costs $67.00. Check the list of fees for additional information.