2020 Wyoming CDL License
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Specific Wyoming CDL Information
Wyoming CDL Testing
To obtain a Wyoming CDL, applicants are required to complete a series of written knowledge tests, a vision screening, and a driving skills test.
Wyoming CDL Written Tests: All written tests are multiple choice. The passing score for a written test is 80 percent. The applicant is only required to retake the test they failed. Wyoming CDL written tests that are passed are valid for two years. A written test is required in a number of situations including when:
A Wyoming CDL applicant has never been previously licensed in the United
States, any U.S. Territory, Canadian Province, or Germany;
A client's driving record indicates that his last license has been expired, revoked or denied for two years or longer (immediately prior to this application), or his privilege to drive has been revoked, canceled or disqualified;
The Wyoming CDL applicant is upgrading the class of his license or adding any endorsements;
A Wyoming CDL applicant is removing the air brake restriction "L;" and the applicant is removing the Air Over Hydraulics restriction (He must perform the pre-trip and road test as well).
A Wyoming CDL applicant who possesses a CDL license with a hazmat endorsement "H" will be required to take the hazardous materials test upon transferring their out-of-state CDL license. Clients with Wyoming CDLs will be required to retake the hazmat test if "test score tracking" does not indicate that test has been passed within the previous two years.
Vision Screening: A vision reading of 20/40 with both eyes is required to pass the vision screening. If you fail to meet this standard with or without glasses, you may be required to obtain a vision statement from your eye specialist. If you wear contact lenses or glasses during the vision screening, you will be required to wear them at all times while driving. A vision reading of worse than 20/40 (best possible correction) in one eye will result in the CDL driver being restricted to intrastate driving only.
Wyoming CDL Skills Test: A skills test will consist of a vehicle pre-trip inspection, a basic control skills test and an over-the-road skills test. Skills tests are conducted by appointment only after the successful completion of all applicable written tests. The State of Wyoming does not furnish vehicles for the skills testing process. Vehicles for testing must be driven to the test site by a person who holds a valid driver's license for the class and type of vehicle used for testing.
Wyoming CDL applicants are required to furnish vehicles for their skills test
that are representative of the class of license for which they are applying. If
the vehicle or combination vehicle is a tank vehicle you MUST have an N endorsement
on your Wyoming CDL CLP. If the tank vehicle previously contained hazardous materials
you MUST have a letter in-hand stating the tank vehicle has been purged of all
residue. However skills tests will not be conducted in a loaded commercial vehicle.
Simulated weight is the only thing allowed in trailer. Additionally, placarded
vehicles are not allowed to be used for skills testing.
The fee for a Wyoming CDL skills test is $40. Click here for information on scheduling CDL testing.
Wyoming third-party examiners are allowed to administer the skills test only to their employees and not to the general public. Third-party examiners are not allowed to charge a fee for the administration of the skills test. The training and certification process for third-party examiners is provided by WYDOT at no charge.
Applicants for a Wyoming CDL, who hold a valid US Military license, must pass all written tests for the class of license they currently hold.
Commercial Learners Permit (CLP)
As defined by W.S. 31-7-102(a)(xlviii) - "Commercial learner's permit" means a permit issued to an individual which, when carried with a valid driver's license issued in accordance with this act, authorizes an individual to operate a commercial motor vehicle when accompanied by a passenger holding a valid commercial driver's license for the class and type of vehicle being driven. This type of permit is valid for 180 days and may be renewed for an additional 180 days.
Per W.S. 31-7-110(e) - Any person who holds a valid Wyoming classified driver's license and who is at least eighteen (18) years of age may apply to the division for a commercial learner's permit. The division may, after the person has successfully passed all required examination, other than the driving skills examination and paid the required fee, issue to the person a commercial learner's permit, which entitles the person to drive a commercial motor vehicle on a highway only when accompanied by a person who has a commercial driver's license valid for the type of vehicle driven and who occupies a seat beside the person for the purpose of giving instruction in driving the commercial motor vehicle….
Endorsements Allowed on Commercial Learners Permit (CLP)
P for passenger endorsement: A CLP holder with a P endorsement is prohibited from operating a CMV carrying passengers. Other trainees and the CDL holder accompanying the CLP holder is allowed.
S for school bus endorsement: A CLP holder with a S endorsement is prohibited from operating a school bus with passengers. Other trainees and the CDL holder accompanying the CLP holder is allowed.
N for tank vehicle endorsement: A CLP holder with a N endorsement may only operate an empty tank vehicle and is prohibited from operating any tank vehicle that previously contained hazardous materials that has not been purged of any residue.
Do I need a Wyoming CDL CLP?
Yes, if …
You are wanting to obtain a Wyoming CDL CDL for the first time
You are upgrading from a lower class Wyoming CDL to a higher class Wyoming CDL , such as upgrading from class "B" to a class "A" Wyoming CDL
You are adding an endorsement to your existing Wyoming CDL , such as adding a school bus or passenger endorsement, that requires a Wyoming CDL skills test
You are removing certain restrictions from your existing Wyoming CDL , that requires a Wyoming CDL skills test
When applying for a Wyoming CDL CLP, you will be required to pass all appropriate Wyoming CDL written tests for the type of license you are applying. See the Wyoming CDL testing page for more information.
Wyoming CDL Written Knowledge Tests
You will need to pass the Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming "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. Wyoming driver licensing standards comply with the law, requiring CMV drivers to obtain a Wyoming 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 Wyoming CDL instead of my regular Wyoming Drivers License?
A Wyoming 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 Wyoming CDL?
1. You must be 21 years old. (18 years if all commercial driving is done within Wyoming 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 Wyoming CDL . . .
* If you possess a license from any state other than Wyoming.
* If you are currently subject to any disqualification of your commercial driving privilege from Wyoming 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 Wyoming are covered in detail within the Course.
How do I obtain a Wyoming CDL?
1. Show your Wyoming driver license.
2. You must take and pass all Wyoming examinations that apply to your license class and endorsement requirements.
3. Show proof of social security number.
4. Meet Wyoming 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 Wyoming CDL fees.
8. Schedule, take, and pass your Wyoming CDL skills test.
A separate booklet is included in the Wyoming CDL Course package which covers information such as fees, locations, contacts, procedures and other items specific to Wyoming 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 Wyoming CDL Course.
So let's say I get a Wyoming CDL. Can I use it Out-of-State?
Yes! It is good throughout the entire United States.
Can my Wyoming CDL be suspended or revoked?
Yes, there are MANY reasons that your Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming CDL license?
Yes . . . with restrictions. You are limited to INTRAstate driving of commercial vehicles (you cannot drive a commercial truck or bus out of Wyoming). 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 !!