Driver License

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.

Many driver license and identification card transactions can be processed online through FLHSMV’s MyDMV Portal. 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 vehicle with a weight of 26,001 lbs. or more are required to have a Class A or B 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. Knowledge exams may be taken in English or Spanish except for CDL skills test or Hazmat exams.  Be sure to study the Florida Commercial Driver License handbook. The handbook is also available in Spanish.