- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age unless they plan to transport cargo across state lines, in which case they must be 21 years of age.
- Applicants must pass a vision exam and be physically fit enough to obtain a medical certificate.
- You must pass a written knowledge exam as well as a driving test. You must test in a vehicle in the same class for which you are trying to obtain a CDL license.
- Certain vehicles, such as a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus, or a truck with double/triple trailers, will require additional endorsements as well as additional knowledge tests.
- If you plan to transport hazardous materials, you will also need a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check.
- You must pass the knowledge tests by answering at least 80% of the questions correctly.
- You should allow one and a half hours to take the knowledge tests and two hours to complete the skills tests. Skills tests are given by appointment.
- Additional knowledge tests may be required depending on what class of license you wish to obtain and which endorsements you will need.
- Once you have successfully pass all appropriate knowledge tests, you may schedule an appointment to take the CDL skills tests. You will be tested in three different areas; a pre-trip inspection test, a basic control skills test, and a road test.
For additional information about CDL training in North Carolina, or for other questions you may need answers to, please contact the North Carolina Department of Transportation at the following address:
N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles
Driver License Section
Attn: Exemption Review Officer
3112 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-3112
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The CDL manual can be downloaded here: