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CDL Endorsements & Restrictions

 

To drive certain commercial motor vehicles in Oregon you will need to:

  • Get certain endorsements; or
  • Remove certain restrictions.

To learn how to add an endorsement or remove a restriction from your CDL, choose a topic below.

CDL Endorsement & Restriction Codes

To drive a commercial motor vehicle with air brakes, you must have this restriction removed.

You must:

  • Pay for and pass the Air Brakes Knowledge Test;
  • Pass a vision test;
  • Get and hold a commercial learner permit for 14 days before the CDL skills test;
  • Pay for and pass a basic control skills and drive test (including pre-trip vehicle inspection) in a commercial motor vehicle with air brakes; and
  • Pay the replacement license fee.

To drive a commercial motor vehicle equipped with a manual transmission you must have this restriction removed.

You must:

  • Pass a vision test;
  • Get and hold a commercial learner permit for 14 days before the CDL drive test;
  • Pay for and pass the pre-trip inspection, basic control skills and drive tests in a commercial motor vehicle with a manual transmission; and
  • Pay the replacement license fee.

You must have this endorsement to drive any commercial motor vehicle pulling double or triple trailers.

You must:

A hazardous materials endorsement allows you to drive any vehicle carrying hazardous materials.

You must:

Note: You are required to pass the HAZMAT Knowledge Test every time you renew your license.

Transportation Security Administration Security Threat Assessment

  • You must pass a TSA security check every five years to keep this endorsement.
  • The security check can take 60 days or more to complete.
    • You must pass another TSA security check if you are coming from another state and your last TSA check was more than 4 years and 9 months ago.
  • We will verify the date of a previous security check with the TSA.
  • You must start a TSA security check online at the TSA website or by calling Universal Enrollment Services at 855-347-8371.
  • An "M" restriction means you may drive Class B and Class C passenger vehicles.
  • An "N" restriction means you may drive Class C passenger vehicles.

Note: We do not know of any Class A passenger vehicles currently driven within Oregon. All passenger endorsements are currently restricted.

To change an "N" restriction to an "M" restriction, you must:

  • Pass the CDL skills test in a commercial motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds; and
  • Pay the testing and replacement fees.

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