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Getting a Commercial Driver License or Commercial Learner Permit

You must have a CDL if you operate:

  • Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or actual gross vehicle weight, whichever is greater, of 26,001 pounds or more;
  • A trailer, or multiple trailers, with a total gross vehicle weight rating or actual gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds when the gross combination weight rating or actual gross combination weight, whichever is greater, of all vehicles combined is 26,001 pounds or more;
  • A vehicle that transports 16 or more passengers (including the driver); or
  • Any size vehicle that is used in the transportation of any material that requires hazardous materials placards or any amount of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR, Part 73.

There are exceptions for:

  • Personal-use recreational vehicles;
  • Emergency fire vehicles used by firefighters (ORS 652.050); or
  • Emergency vehicles used by qualified emergency service volunteers (ORS 401.358). 

Use the chart below to help you decide if you need a CDL.

Do I need a CDL graph
 

 

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