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California Commercial Drivers License
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To obtain your California Commercial
Drivers License (CDL), you must first pass the California CDL Tests that apply to the type of commercial trucks or buses that you will
be driving. The CA CDL Tests include a General Knowledge written examination
that everyone must pass, regardless of their particular Class of License,
ie: Class A, Class B, or Class C. There are also (7) seven additional CA CDL
Tests covering endorsements including Combination Vehicles, Doubles
and Triples, Air Brakes, Passenger Vehicles, School Bus, Hazardous Materials
and Tank Vehicles. You only have to pass the CA CDL Tests that apply to your
vehicle/load requirements. You will also be given a three-part Driving
Skills Test, including a Vehicle Pre-trip Inspection, Vehicle Control
and Road Test in a representative-type vehicle.
The Congress of the United States enacted The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (CMVSA/86) administered by the FMCSA which requires that all of the individual states conduct uniform testing and licensing standards for all commercial drivers. It also established uniform standards for qualification, suspensions, and revocation. It requires that no commercial vehicle operator may possess more than one license. That license MUST BE ISSUED FROM THE DRIVER'S STATE OF LEGAL RESIDENCE. Therefore, if you are a resident of California, you MUST obtain a California CDL. Our Course covers the specific California CDL procedures.
You can download a free California CDL Handbook that will show you the type of material that the CDL tests are based on. The complete California CDL Course package will prepare you for your California CDL tests complete with a Quick Review (bulleted items that you really must know) and Practice Test Questions with CORRECT Answers covering the whole pool of actual test questions asked on the California CDL tests.
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information that is specific to California. We try to include
all available official links, however the State of California often change their web pages and/or the addressing of those web pages. We
constantly update these links, but from time to time they are not available
due to recent changes. If you are having problems with any of these links,
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on their web site. You should be able to find the Commercial Drivers License
information by typing in "CDL" into their internal search (if available) or
by following the Drivers License Services links within their web site. This
is a great source of California regulations, forms, locations,
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A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) is Required if you drive ANY of the following commercial trucks or buses for hire ANY place in the United States . . .
A vehicle with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 lbs.
A trailer with a manufacturer's GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. when the GCWR exceeds 26,000 lbs.
A vehicle designed to carry 15 or more passengers (excluding the driver).
A vehicle of ANY size or type which requires hazardous materials placards.
To Be Eligible For Your California Commercial Drivers
License (CDL) you must ...
Take and pass the mandatory California CDL license tests that apply to you.
Be 21 years old (18 years old if ALL of your driving is within California and you do not transport hazardous materials or drive double or triple trailer rigs).
Possess a valid medical certificate in accordance with MCSR regs. CFR 49 391.41.
Certify that you do not hold a driver license from more than one state and certify that your driver license is not currently suspended, revoked, or canceled in ANY state, nor subject to any of these actions.
Surrender your current driver license.
Provide proof of your identification.
Pay testing and licensing fees.
CA CDL Restriction Codes and Descriptions
L - If the driver does not pass the Air Brakes Knowledge Test, does not correctly identify the air brake system components, does not properly conduct an air brake systems check, or does not take the Skills test in a vehicle with a full air brake system, the driver must have an "L" no full air brake restriction placed on their license.
Z - If the driver takes the test in a vehicle with an air over hydraulic brake system, then they will have a "Z" no full air brake restriction placed on their license. In either case the driver is not authorized to operate a CMV equipped with full air brakes.
E - If the driver takes the Skills Test in a vehicle that has an automatic transmission, then an "E" no manual transmission restriction is placed on their license.
O - If the driver takes the Skills Test in a Class A vehicle that has a pintle hook or other non-fifth wheel connection, they will have an "O" restriction placed on their license restricting them from driving any Class A vehicle with a fifth wheel connection.
M - If a driver possesses a Class A CDL, but obtains his or her passenger or school bus endorsement in a Class B vehicle the State must place an "M" restriction indicating that the driver can only operate Class B and C passenger vehicle or school buses.
N - If a driver possesses a Class B CDL, but obtains his or her passenger or school bus endorsement in a Class C vehicle; the State must place an "N" restriction indicating that the driver can only operate Class C passenger vehicle or school buses.
V - If the State is notified by the FMCSA that a medical variance has been issued to the driver, the State must indicate the existence of such a medical variance on the CDLIS driving record and the CDL document using a restriction code "V" to indicate that there is information about the medical variance on the CDLIS record.
To Obtain Your California Commercial Driver's License . . . you must first pass the California CDL Tests. Our California CDL study course is the very best available. Completing the "California Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Course" guarantees a passing score on the California Commercial Drivers License (CDL) test.