Starting September 26, 2016, you must have a valid Oregon commercial instruction permit and passed any applicable CDL knowledge tests or an Oregon commercial learner permit when you take a CDL drive test.
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.
Third Party CDL Testers
CDL drive tests are also available from Third Party CDL Testers.
DMV may waive the Class A or B CDL skills testing requirements for qualified military commercial motor vehicle operators under the Oregon Military Skills Test Waiver Program. Passenger and school bus endorsement skills tests will not be waived under the Oregon Military Skills Test Waiver Program. To apply for a military skills test waiver you must:
- Hold or be eligible for an Oregon Class C driver license;
- Provide proof that you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- Be currently employed, or have been employed within the previous 12 months, in a military specialty in which a 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 in which a primary duty is operation of a commercial motor vehicle;
- Complete an Oregon Application for Military Skills Test Waiver (Form 735-7390) or equivalent application from DOD or another state, signed by the you and your commanding officer;
- Provide a copy of your DD 214 or, if you are currently in the military service, a copy of your Military Identification Card;
- Provide a copy of your military vehicle operator's license (OF346 or DA Form 5984-E), that DMV can use to properly classify the type of commercial motor vehicle that you operate or operated. DMV cannot waive skills tests unless the vehicle can be associated with a specific federal CMV classification that can be verified; and
- 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:
CDL Policy Unit
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97314
If DMV is able to determine that you meet the qualifications for the military skills test waiver, a copy of your application and an approval letter, with instructions, will be mailed to you. If you do not meet the qualifications for the military skills test waiver, DMV will return your documents to you.