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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;
  • Have or get a valid CLP before taking the CDL Skills Test;​
  • Pay for and pass the pre-trip inspection, basic control skills and drive tests 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;
  • Have or get a valid CLP before taking the CDL Skills 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.

Entry Level Driver Training
  • You must successfully complete Entry Level Driver Training instruction provided by a school or other entity on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry prior to taking a hazardous material endorsement knowledge test.
  • You are not required to complete applicable Entry Level Driver Training if you have proof that you have held a hazardous material endorsement at any time in the past.
  • Individuals looking for an authorized training provider can use the search feature on the Training Provider Registry:  
  • Individuals that have completed training and want to verify their Entry Level Driver Training has been uploaded can do so on the Training Provider Registry.   

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.