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Apply for a Commercial Driver License
In the State of Florida, anyone applying for a Commercial Driver License (CDL) is required to have an operators license and pass a knowledge and skills test and meet the vision requirements.
Commercial Driver License Type and Requirements:
- Class A license is required to operate a vehicle with a combined GVWR of 26,001 lbs or more, and towing a vehicle/unit over 10,000 lbs.
- Class B license is required to operate a single vehicle and/or bus with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs or more. May also tow a vehicle of 10,000 lbs. or less.
- Class C license is required to operate vehicles transporting placarded amounts of hazardous materials, or vehicles designed to transport more than 16 persons including the driver with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 lbs.
Commercial driver licenses cannot be renewed online, by phone, or by mail. Proof of citizenship or legal presence may be required for renewal, duplicate or replacement licenses. Please come prepared to present an identification document as proof of citizenship or legal presence.
Drivers operating a tractor/trailer with a weight of 26,001 lbs. or more are required to have a commercial driver license. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. If they are under 21, they will be restricted to intrastate operation only. Oral exams may be given in English, Spanish or Haitian Creole with the exception of skills test or Hazmat exams. Interpreters may not be used during the administration of CDL oral exams or during any portions of the CDL skill exams. Be sure to study the Florida Commercial Driver License handbook. The handbook is also available in Spanish.
Effective July 1, 2014, written examinations taken in a State or Tax Collector office prior to July 1, 2013 will no longer be valid and must be retaken.