California CDL Requirements

The requirements for a California Commercial Driver License (CDL) are:

  • Complete the Commercial Driver License Application (Form DL 44C).
  • Complete a medical form.
  • Provide the DMV with an acceptable birth date/legal presence document.
  • Pay all fees.

Testing Requiremnts:

  • Vision test
  • Knowledge (law) test
  • Performance (skills) test

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be a California resident.
  • Disclose all states in which you were previously licensed in the last 10 years.
  • Surrender all out-of-state driver licenses.
  • Notify DMV and emplyer of any convictions.

Truck Driving School Requirements

  • Applicants must provide a copy of their motor vehicle driving record, which will be assessed by one of our Admissions Representatives.
  • Applicants must obtain a passing score on the TDA entrance exam.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in any of our OTR Truck Driver programs. The Contract Training program and those applicants interested in working over-the-road or out of state must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Applicants must pass the DOT-required drug test prior to any behind-the-wheel training.
  • Applicants must be able to pass the DOT physical exam.
  • Applicants with out-of-state drivers’ licenses must provide the DMV with a certified copy of his or her birth certificate.
  • Applicants must also provide a non-laminated, original social security document to the DMV for the commercial licensing application.

For any questions about the California CDL requirements you may have, call 1-800-TRUCKER (1-800-7872537).