- You must have a valid Nebraska drivers license.
- You must obtain a medical certificate.
- You must be at least 18 years of age, and 21 years of age if you plan to transport materials from one state to another.
- Applicants must pass a written knowledge exam as well as a three-part skills test. The skills test will include a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test, and an on-road driving exam. You must take your driving test in a vehicle that matches the CDL class license you are trying to obtain.
- If you will be driving a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus, there are additional endorsements that will be needed.
- If you plan to transport hazardous materials, in addition to the endorsement that is needed, a background check by the Transportation Security Administration is also required.
A truck driving school in Nebraska will be able to provide you with the foundation you need to pass CDL training in Nebraska and begin your truck driving career.
Depending on which class of license and which endorsements you need, you will be asked to take one or more knowledge tests. Every applicant must take the general knowledge test, and get 40 of the 50 questions correct in order to successfully pass.
Additional tests can include Passenger Transport, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Hazardous Materials, Tankers, and Doubles/Triples.
Once you have passed the required knowledge tests, you are eligible to take the CDL skills tests. In the pretrip vehicle inspection, you are required to do a pretrip inspection of your vehicle and given explanation as to what you are inspecting and why.
The basic vehicle control test will test your skills in controlling your vehicle. This is accomplished by requiring you to move the vehicle forward and backward, and to turn it within a specific area which may be marked with traffic cones or other barriers.
The on road test will test your skills in driving your vehicle safely in a variety of traffic situations. You may be presented with left or right hand turns, intersections, railroad crossings, curves or hills.
For additional information about CDL training in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska Division of Motor Vehicles website listed below. Interested applicants can also download the CDL manual.