This page uses Javascript. Your browser either doesn't support Javascript or you have it turned off. To see this page properly please use a Javascript enabled browser.


  • Commercial Truck Image

Commercial Driver Licenses



The latest information from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles related to Commercial Driver Licenses is available online by clicking here.


You must possess a Commercial Driver License (CDL) if:

  • you operate a truck or truck combination with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR, or total capacity weight as determined by the manufacturer) of 26,001 pounds or more, or
  • you operate a vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or
  • your vehicle requires a placard to transport hazardous materials.

You are exempt from obtaining a CDL if you:

  • drive authorized emergency vehicles, or
  • are military personnel driving military vehicles, or
  • are a farmer transporting farm machinery, products, or supplies within 150 miles of your farm, or
  • drive recreational vehicles for recreation reasons, or
  • drive a single-unit truck used to transport your own personal property which is not for sale, or
  • are employed by a publicly owned transit system and move trucks for maintenance or parking within the transit system's property.

Reciprocations of CDLs

  • Florida reciprocates all CDL license classes, endorsements, and restrictions for any of the 50 states and Canada. Please note that a Heavy Vehicle license from Puerto Rico is not reciprocated as a CDL.
  • If you recently drove heavy vehicles while in the military, it is possible that you can obtain a commercial driver license without passing a skills test. For more information concerning this option, click here.

Medical Cards

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require all Commercial Driver License holders to certify with the State’s Driver License Agency in one of the four categories listed below prior to the issuance or renewal of a CDL. Those certifying in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce (Category A or C) must also ensure their medical documentation is on file with the state issuing agency and that it remains current. Failure to present valid medical documentation, when required, will result in the denial of the issuance or renewal of the CDL. Failure to maintain current medical documentation on file may result in CDL disqualification. For more information, click here.

  • Non-excepted Interstate - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce and am required to maintain federal medical certification. (Medical Card Required)
  • Excepted Interstate - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from the requirement to maintain federal medical certification.
  • Non-excepted Intrastate - I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce and am required to meet state of Florida medical certification requirements. (Medical Card Required)
  • Excepted Intrastate - I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from state of Florida medical certification requirements.


CDL license classes and their testing requirements include:


  • Class A - combination trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more, provided the towed vehicle's GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.
Testing requirements
Minimum age 18
CDL General Knowledge test
Combination vehicle test
Air brakes
Vision - 20/40 in each eye
Hearing - must hear a whisper
Pre-Trip
Basic Skills
Driving

Note: Drivers under 21 years of age will be restricted to intrastate operation only.


  • Class B - straight (single-unit) trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more.
Testing requirements
CDL General Knowledge test
Air brakes, if applicable
Vision - 20/40 in each eye
Hearing - must hear a whisper
Pre-Trip
Basic Skills
Driving

Note: Drivers under 21 years of age will be restricted to intrastate operation only.


  • Class C - trucks with a GVWR of less than 26,001 lbs. but are (1) designed to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or (2) require a placard to transport hazardous materials.
Testing requirements
General Knowledge test
Air brakes, if applicable
Vision - 20/40 in each eye
Hearing - must hear a whisper
Driving

Note: Drivers under 21 years of age will be restricted to intrastate operation only.


Additional testing may be required, depending on the endorsement(s) needed.

CDL skills (driving) test are NOT available at local driver license agencies. Please access the following links for CDL skills (driving) test providers and locations.

Click here for State of Florida testing sites.

Click here for Third Party testers.

Please note, CDL holders are not eligible to renew on-line because of vision requirements.