2021 Idaho CDL License
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Specific Idaho CDL Information
Idaho CDL Fees
Idaho CDL license (4-year) $40.00
Idaho CDL instruction permit $29.00
Duplicate Idaho CDL or permit $15.00
License upgrade $25.00
Endorsement addition (after issuance of a Idaho CDL) $15.00
Idaho CDL Written tests (each) $ 3.00
Idaho CDL Skills test ($10 to Driver's License Office, $60 to Idaho CDL Skills Tester)$70.00
How to Obtain an Idaho CDL
To apply for a Idaho CDL, you must be at least 18 years old and either have a valid Idaho non-commercial license (Class D) or have passed all tests required to obtain one. You may be able to take your Class D license tests and your CDL tests at the same time. However, you must have one year of driving experience in order to obtain a CDL.
If you want to obtain an Idaho CDL, study Idaho's "Commercial Driver's License Manual"
which may be obtained from a county driver's license Office. This manual provides
you with the information necessary to pass all Idaho CDL written tests. Information
regarding the skills test requirements is also included.
To apply for your Idaho CDL, go to your county driver's license office. Take your current
driver's license, Social Security card, proof of Idaho residence and money to
pay your fees. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals will be
required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. You will be
asked if you are subject to and in compliance with the requirements of Part 391
of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Qualifications of Drivers). You
will be asked to declare (self-certify) what type of driving you intend to do:
Interstate or Intrastate (within Idaho only) and whether the type of driving you
plan to do will require a DOT Medical card or not. When applying for your CDL,
your driving record will be checked, fees will be collected, and you are required
to pass the vision and knowledge tests.
After passing the written tests, you must make an appointment with an Idaho CDL Skills Tester to take the skills test. A list of Examiners is available at the County DMV and online at www.itd.idaho.gov Some testers have vehicles that you can rent. When you go to the skills tester, you will need to take proof of identification, proof of insurance, and your receipt showing you have passed the written tests and paid the skills test receipt fee.
The Idaho CDL skills test has three parts: the vehicle inspection, the basic control skills test, and the road test. The skills test will take two to three hours to complete and must be taken in a vehicle that is representative of the license class you wish to obtain. If the vehicle used for the test is not equipped with air brakes, your CDL will show a restriction stating that you are not licensed to operate vehicles equipped with air brakes.
After you have passed all required Idaho CDL written and skills tests, you do not have the authority to operate a commercial vehicle until you obtain your Idaho CDL from the County DMV. You will be issued a temporary license from your county driver's license office and your permanent license will be sent to you by US Mail. It is very important your mailing address is current and accurate. If you move after your CDL is issued, you must notify Idaho Transportation Department of your new address.
All test results remain valid for one year. If the appropriate license is not issued within the one-year period, the tests must be re-taken. If you do not pass a test, you must wait three (3) days before retaking the test. Test fees must be paid again.
Idaho CDL tests are not required at renewal time, with the exception of the Hazardous Materials test which must be passed prior to each renewal.
Idaho CDL Instruction Permit
An Idaho CDL instruction permit allows you to practice driving a large commercial vehicle
on public roads. This permit is available by taking the appropriate written tests
for the type of vehicle you will operate. An instruction permit is valid for up
to 180 days. You must be at least 18 years old, hold a valid Idaho Class D driver's
license, have at least one year of driving experience to obtain a CDL Instruction
Permit. To use the permit, you MUST be accompanied by a driver properly licensed
to operate the vehicle you are driving, and this person MUST occupy the seat beside
Need More Idaho CDL Information?
Contact the Driver Services section
of the Idaho Transportation Department at (208) 334-8736 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Idaho CDL Written Knowledge Tests
You will need to pass the Idaho Knowledge Tests that are required for
the class of license, restriction, and endorsements you wish to possess. A general
knowledge test for the Class A or Class B and C license must be successfully completed
by all CDL applicants. The information needed to pass these tests is contained
in the FREE Idaho CDL Handbook. Please read and study this
Class A - 70 Questions (50 GK + 20 Combination Vehicles) - Skills test required.
Class B - 50 Questions - Skills test required.
Class C - 50 Questions - Skills test required for bus, school bus and air
Passenger Endorsement - 20 questions - Skills test required in bus.
School Bus Endorsement - 25 questions - Skills test required in school bus.
Doubles/Triples Endorsement - 20 questions - No additional skills tests.
Tank Vehicle Endorsement - 20 questions - No additional skills tests.
What is a CDL?
is a Commercial Drivers License. It meets certain minimum "standards" that
are the same for every state. It differs from the Idaho "operator's" or "chauffeur's" licenses. It is required if you drive certain
kinds of commercial trucks or buses.
What is the COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT OF 1986 (CMVSA/86) administered by the FMCSA?
It is a law passed by the United States Congress which requires ALL the individual states to comply with certain standards in regards to the licensing of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Idaho driver licensing standards comply with the law, requiring CMV drivers to obtain a Idaho Commercial Driver's License (CDL) when driving applicable trucks and buses. A CDL license can ONLY be issued in the driver's STATE OF LEGAL RESIDENCE, and if you have a CDL, you can have NO OTHER DRIVER'S LICENSE in ANY other state.
When do I need a Idaho CDL instead of my regular Idaho Drivers License?
A Idaho CDL is required if you operate any of the following CMV's . . .
1. A vehicle with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 lbs.
2. A vehicle towing a unit with a manufacturer's GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. when the GCWR exceeds 26,000 lbs.
3. A vehicle used to . . .(a.) carry 15 or more passengers (excluding the driver), or (b.) carry (15) or less people (including the driver) when carrying children to or from school and home regularly for compensation.
4. A vehicle carrying hazardous materials in amounts requiring placarding.
What are the eligibility requirements to obtain a Idaho CDL?
1. You must be 21 years old. (18 years if all commercial driving is done within Idaho and if no hazardous materials requiring placarding are transported and if you do not drive double or triple trailer rigs).
2. You must be physically capable (in accordance with the MCSR 49 CFR 391.41 Physical Qualifications for Drivers regulations) of obtaining a valid DOT medical examiner's card (before being issued a CDL permit or taking any CDL skills test).
3. You must otherwise qualify for the license based on your driving record. Any of the following will disqualify you from obtaining a Idaho CDL . . .
* If you possess a license from any state other than Idaho.
* If you are currently subject to any disqualification of your commercial driving privilege from Idaho or any other state.
* If your license is currently suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled.
* If you have a conviction for operating a commercial motor vehicle while impaired in the 24 months immediately preceding application.
* other technical rules, and further restrictions that pertain only to Idaho are covered in detail within the Course.
How do I obtain a Idaho CDL?
1. Show your Idaho driver license.
2. You must take and pass all Idaho examinations that apply to your license class and endorsement requirements.
3. Show proof of social security number.
4. Meet Idaho driver record eligibility requirements as determined by the State.
5. Fill out an application including certifications.
6. Provide a DOT medical certificate and pass the required CDL knowledge and vision tests (BEFORE a CDL Temporary Instruction Permit will be issued).
7. Pay the Idaho CDL fees.
8. Schedule, take, and pass your Idaho CDL skills test.
A separate booklet is included in the Idaho CDL Course package which covers information such as fees, locations, contacts, procedures and other items specific to Idaho for the written and skills examinations for ALL classes of CDL and ALL available endorsements.
What is a CDL "Skills Test" and how do I take it?
A "skills" test is the practical portion of the exam and includes . . .
1. A vehicle inspection test to measure your ability to perform a vehicle safety check.
2. A basic control skills test.
3. A driving test.
The skills test is normally given at an approved third party testing site in your area. This can vary and the latest procedures are indicated in the Idaho CDL Course.
So let's say I get a Idaho CDL. Can I use it Out-of-State?
Yes! It is good throughout the entire United States.
Can my Idaho CDL be suspended or revoked?
Yes, there are MANY reasons that your Idaho CDL can be suspended or revoked. Improper use of alcohol or drugs, traffic violations, and failure to notify top the list. The Course details ALL of the rules regarding suspension or revocation. The point to remember is that alcohol or drug use is not tolerated and your record WILL FOLLOW YOU THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES FOREVER!!!
So let's say that my Idaho CDL is revoked. Can't I just apply for a CDL in another State?
No!!! Those days are gone.
Are there any exemptions to being required to have Idaho CDL?
Yes, a few . . .
1. Active Duty Military . . . with military licenses operating military vehicles.
2. Firefighters . . . meeting approved training standards and operating authorized emergency vehicles.
3. Farmers . . . in certain cases.
4. Individuals ....operating motor homes or other vehicles used exclusively to transport personal possessions or family members, for non business purposes.
What do the terms Class A, Class B, and Class C mean on my Idaho CDL?
It refers to the type of vehicle that you may operate . . .
CLASS A . . . allows you to operate vehicles which tow trailers or other vehicles with a GVWR over 10,000 pounds. A Class "A" license also allows you to operate Class B and C vehicles.
CLASS B . . . allows you to operate single vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs or more OR a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more, towing trailers/vehicles rated at 10,000 pounds GVWR or less. A Class "B" license also allows you to operate Class C vehicles.
CLASS C . . .allows you to operate vehicles under 26,001 lbs. GVWR, that would normally not require a CDL; except when they are designed to transport 16 or more persons including the driver; or that carry 15 or less people (including the driver) transporting children to or from school and home regularly for compensation, or carry hazardous materials in amounts requiring placarding. Applicable endorsements are required.
What are Endorsement Codes and when do I need them on my Idaho CDL?
Endorsements are necessary for certain commercial driving requirements as follows . . .
(T) DOUBLE or TRIPLE TRAILERS.
(P) PASSENGER. For vehicles which are designed to carry 16 or more people (including the driver); or those which carry 15 or less people (including the driver) transporting children to or from school and home regularly for compensation.
(N) TANK VEHICLES. For vehicles designed to haul liquids or liquefied gases in bulk in permanently mounted tanks or portable tanks rated at 1,000 gallons or more.
(H) HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. To carry hazardous materials in amounts requiring placards.
(X) Endorsement code designating a Tank (N) vehicle that carries Hazardous Materials (H).
I'm over 18 years old, but not 21 years old yet. Can I get a Idaho CDL license?
Yes . . . with restrictions. You are limited to INTRAstate driving of commercial vehicles (you cannot drive a commercial truck or bus out of Idaho). You cannot drive a vehicle requiring HAZ MAT placarding, cannot drive double or triple trailer rigs and cannot drive a School Bus with children on board until you turn 21 years of age.
We could go on and on with FAQs but I hope this covers most of your GENERAL questions. Please be assured that the Course answers EVERYTHING that you need to know to obtain ANY or ALL of the available CDL licenses and endorsements in an easy to understand manner. The material is presented in three different ways to reinforce your retention. GOOD LUCK !!