- You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial vehicle within the state of New Hampshire only.
- You must be at least 21 years old to operate a commercial vehicle in other states in addition to New Hampshire.
- All commercial drivers are required to pass a physical exam once every two years, in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
- In addition to good hearing, drivers must have 20/40 vision, and may not be colorblind. You must also have a 70-degree field of vision in each eye.
- All applicants must take and successfully pass an eye test, a knowledge tests, pretrip inspection of the vehicle, which you must provide, and a road test.
- Depending on the class of license you are interested in and the endorsements you may require, you will be asked take one or more knowledge tests. Some of the additional tests that may be required can include Passenger Transport, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Hazardous Materials, Tankers, and Doubles/Triples.
- When you have passed the appropriate knowledge tests you are eligible to take the CDL skills tests. Three areas of skills will be tested: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on road driving. These tests must be taken in the same type of vehicle for which you wish to be licensed.
Pre-trip vehicle inspection: During this test you will be asked to do a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle while explaining to the examiner what you are expecting and why. This is to determine if you know whether or not your vehicle is safe to drive.
Basic vehicle control: In this exam you will be tested on your skills in controlling the vehicle. The examiner will give you instructions and ask you to move the vehicle forward, backward, and to turn it within a specific area.
On road test: This exam tests your skills in safe driving in a variety of traffic situations. The examiner will give you directions as to where to drive. Situations that may occur can include turns, railroad crossings, curves and intersections, or going up and down hills.
If you have additional questions or need more information about CDL training in New Hampshire, contact the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles.
You can visit their website at the following link:
The CDL manual is also available for downloading from the website: