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You must have a CDL if you operate:
There are exceptions for:
Use the chart below to help you decide if you need a CDL.
To get a commercial driver license you must:
Oregon now issues temporary residents limited-term CDLs and commercial learner permits, although drivers from Canada and Mexico are not eligible at this time. Please see FMCSA regulations 49 CFR 383.21 and 49 CFR 383.23 more information.
To get a commercial learners permit you must:
When applying for a commercial driver license or commercial learner permit, you must certify the type of driving you intend to do. Oregon options:
Interstate commerce is trade, traffic or transportation:
In other words, you could take part in interstate commerce even if your vehicle does not leave the state.
Some federal rules and standards do not apply to drivers of vehicles in excepted interstate. These include:
DMV strongly recommends that you certify a non-excepted interstate driving type if you:
Otherwise, your commercial driver license or commercial learner permit will be restricted.
Oregon statute regulates the licensing of commercial drivers in intrastate commerce.
Intrastate commerce is any trade, traffic or transportation in any state that is not described in the term interstate commerce.
We require commercial driver license or commercial learner permit applicants to take one or more knowledge tests depending on the class of license or permit and the endorsements needed.
You can find the information you need to pass Commercial Knowledge Tests in the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual. We offer the tests in English only. Translators are not permitted.
You must pay test fees before taking any test.
Commercial Knowledge Tests
About Knowledge Tests
Waiving Knowledge Tests
DMV will waive all Commercial Knowledge Tests EXCEPT the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Test if you surrender a current, valid commercial driver license from another jurisdiction for a comparable Oregon Commercial Driver License.
Commercial learner permits from other jurisdictions may not be used to waive Commercial Knowledge Tests.
Note: Knowledge test results are valid for six months from the date the test is passed. Drivers applying for a CLP must complete all application requirements within those six months to be issued a CLP or they will be required to take and pass the knowledge test(s) again. The hazardous materials and double/triples endorsements cannot be applied to a CLP. Drivers applying for a CDL must complete all application requirements to be issued a CDL with those endorsements within the six month timeframe or they will be required to take and pass the knowledge test(s) again.
DMV will not conduct a skills test in a vehicle that:
About the Test
Commercial Driver License Skills Tests consist of three parts:
Section 13 of the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual explains more about this test.
DMV may waive the Class A or B CDL Skills Test requirements for qualified military commercial motor vehicle operators.
We will not waive Passenger and School Bus Endorsement Skills Tests.
To apply for a military skills test waiver you must:
Send the Oregon Application for Military Skills Test Waiver along with copies of other required documents to:
If DMV determines 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.
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