These tests must be conducted in English only and translators are not permitted.
DMV will not conduct a commercial skills test in a vehicle that is:
- Transporting any load;
- Contains hazardous materials:
- Has more than one trailer;
- Pulls a trailer that has no brakes or uses surge brakes; or
- Is clearly illegal or unsafe.
Before taking the drive test you will be tested to see if you know whether your vehicle is safe to drive. You may be asked to do a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle and explain to the examiner what you should inspect and why. Section 11 of the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual tells you what to inspect and how to inspect it. You can also see a video of a pre-trip vehicle inspection test that is similar to the one administered by Oregon CDL examiners. This video is not entirely representative of current CDL testing standards and procedures. Do not use this video in lieu of studying the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual, Chapter 11.
You will be asked to perform backing maneuvers to demonstrate your ability to exercise basic control of your vehicle. Section 12 of the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual includes additional information about this portion of the CDL skills test.
You will also be tested on your skill to safely drive your vehicle in a variety of traffic situations. The situations may include left and right turns, intersections, railway crossings, curves, up and down grades, single or multi-lane roads, streets, or highways. The examiner will tell you where to drive. Section 13 of the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual explains more about this test.
Waiver of CDL Skills Testing Requirement for Qualified Military CMV Operators
Effective March 1, 2013, DMV may waive CDL skills testing, excluding the skills tests for passenger and/or school bus endorsements, for CDL applicants that:
- Have a valid Oregon driver license.
- Are currently employed, or have been employed within the previous 90 days, in a military specialty whose primary duty involves operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Currently, only Army primary MOS 88M, Marine primary MOS 3531 and Air Force primary AFSC 2T1X1 have been identified as specialties whose primary duty is operation of a commercial motor vehicle.
- Complete an Oregon Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, or equivalent application from DOD or another state, signed by the applicant and the applicant’s commanding officer.
- Provide evidence, in the form of a DD 214, DD 2586, DD 348, or DD 348-E, of training and experience in a military specialty whose primary duty involved operation of a commercial motor vehicle (e.g., Army MOS 88M, Marine MOS 3531 or Air Force Specialty Code 2T1X1).
- Provide evidence, in the form of a military license (OF346 or DA Form 5984-E), that DMV can use to properly classify the type of commercial motor vehicle operated by the applicant. DMV cannot waive skills tests unless the vehicle can be associated with a specific federal CMV classification that can be verified through use of military publications or other information resources.
- Otherwise meet the requirements described in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation 383.77.
Send the Oregon Application for Military Skills Test Waiver (Form 735-7390) along with copies of other required documents to:
Oregon DMV Services
CDL Policy Unit
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97314
Please include a phone number or email address that DMV can use to contact you if additional information is needed. DMV will notify you when the application is approved or disapproved and, if approved, provide instructions for completing CDL issuance requirements.
Third Party CDL Testers
CDL drive tests are also available from Third Party CDL Testers.
You must pay test fees prior to taking any test. Be prepared to make separate payments for your testing and licensing fees.