June 30, 2013

Getting Your Commercial Driver License: Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania has specific requirements that one must meet in order to be eligible to receive a commercial driver license.

For basic information about obtaining any kind of  license from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, please click here.

Those wishing to obtain a Pennsylvania CDL, please click here.

For information on how to obtain a HAZMAT certificate to accompany your Pennsylvania CDL, please click here.

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Getting Your Commercial Driver License: Oregon

For information on the state of Oregon’s CDL requirements, please visit the links below:

For information about the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, please click here.

Instructions and information for those wishing to acquire an Oregon CDL can be found here.

A printable PDF of the current Oregon CDL manual can be found here.

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Getting Your Commercial Driver License: Washington State

In order to obtain a CDL license in the state of Washington, one must meet the requirements set forth by the Department of Licensing.

For an overview of the Washington State Department of Licensing (this includes what is typically known as the Department of Motor Vehicles), please click here.

For a thorough explanation of the requirements and steps that one should take in order to obtain a Washington state CDL, please click here.

For information on how to transfer a CDL from another state to one issued by the state of Washington, please click here.

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Getting Your Commercial Driver License: Illinois

Should you wish to obtain a commercial driver license in the state of Illinois, you will have to comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the Illinois DMV.

For more information about the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles, please click here.

For more information on obtaining your Illinois CDL, please click here.

The state of Illinois offers an on-line scheduling service that allows you to quickly and easily schedule appointments to take the necessary CDL exams at a facility that is convenient to you. This service, known as “Illinois FAST PASS,”  can be accessed by clicking here.

Getting Your Commercial Driver License: New York

In order to obtain your CDL for the state of New York, you’ll have to comply with the standards set forth by New York’s DMV.

For basic information about the New York DMV, please click here.

For information specific to those who want to get their CDL, please click here.

Those seeking to become school bus drivers should click here for more specific information.

Getting Your Commercial Driver License: Florida

Every state’s DMV requirements for a CDL are slightly different. Florida is no exception.

For basic DMV information, please click here.

For a thorough explanation on how to obtain your Florida CDL, please click here.

For a copy of the Florida CDL handbook in English or Spanish, click here.

For more information, visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/cdl.html

Getting Your Commercial Driver License: Texas

Should you wish to acquire a CDL in the state of Texas, you’ll need to be prepared to meet the requirements of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

You can access the main page of the Texas DMV here.

For more information on getting your CDL in Texas, please click here.

In Texas, there are provisions that allow out-of-state residents to acquire a Texas-issued CDL. For more information, please click here.

Getting Your Commercial Driver License: California

With this post, we will begin looking at CDLs on a state-by-state basis.

For basic information on California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, click here.

For an in-depth look at what is required by the state of California before a CDL can be issued, please click here.