- You must visit the local Secretary of State branch office and show your drivers license.
- You must show proof of your Social Security number.
- You will be required to fill out the CDL certification form, including a statement that verifies you meet the commercial driver medical qualifications.
- Applicants must meet driver eligibility requirements.
- You must take and successfully pass all the required knowledge tests as well as a vision test.
- You will be issued a Temporary Instruction Permit which is required for taking the CDL skills tests.
- Required fees must be paid for your CDL class as well as endorsements.
- You will schedule and take your CDL skills tests through a state authorized public or private agency.
When you have passed your CDL skills tests you will receive a Michigan Department of State Driver Skills Test Certificate from the state approved third party organization that administered the test.
This certificate must be taken to a Secretary of State branch office in order to receive your full CDL. The certificate will be valid for one year from the date it is issued. After one year, you will be required to take all the CDL tests again.
You will be required to pay a correction fee to add the CDL privileges to your license and be issued your temporary CDL. You should receive your photo CDL in the mail within approximately 10 business days.
Applicants with a CDL from another state will be required to take the hazardous materials endorsement written test in order to keep their hazardous materials endorsement.
For more information regarding CDL training in Michigan, please contact the Michigan Department of State at (517) 322-5555 or visit the website by clicking the following link:
Interested parties can also download the CDL manual here: