- You must be at least 18 years old to drive commercial vehicles within the state of Arizona, and 21 years old to drive interstate vehicles. Only drivers older than 21 are allowed to transport hazardous materials.
- You must be a US citizen or permanent resident. If you are not a US citizen, you must provide proof of your authorized presence using one of the following:
a. Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card, I-551
b. Temporary I-551 stamp in foreign passport
c. Temporary I-551 stamp on Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, with photograph
d. Lawful Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit (Form I-327)
- Proof of having a valid driver’s license for a minimum of one year, not restricted to only motorcycles.
- An Arizona driver’s license. If you are coming to Arizona from another state, you will be issued a 5-year limited Arizona driver’s license and your out of state license will be canceled.
- Medical Examiner Certificate
- Social Security card
Licensing fees are very reasonable, from $12.50 for a Class C license, to $25.00 for Class A or B, and $10 per endorsement you require.
To start your CDL training in Arizona, it’s advised to first study the CDL Manual, and get a current physical exam. The examination may be done by an MD, a doctor of osteopathy, a physician’s assistant, an advanced practice nurse or a doctor of chiropractic.
The properly completed Medical Examiner Certificate will need to be submitted at the time your license is issued.
After receiving your physical examination, you may then go to any CDL office for the written exams that are required. Be sure to bring your Social Security card.
When you have successfully completed the written exams, you will be issued an instruction permit, valid for 6 months, to give you time to learn how to drive a commercial vehicle. When you are ready to apply for your license, you will take a road test in the same type of vehicle you intend to be driving commercially.
If you have other questions about CDL training in Arizona, you can contact the Arizona Department of Transportation:
Elsewhere in Arizona: 800-251-5866
Mail Drop 555M
Motor Vehicle Division
PO Box 2100
Phoenix AZ 85001-2100
You can also download a manual with more information about CDL training in Arizona at the following link: