- You must be 21 years old to transport cargo in a commercial motor vehicle across state lines. If you plan to operate within the state of Oregon the minimum age is 18.
- You must provide proof of your full legal name, your date of birth, and your legal presence in the US.
- You are required to provide proof of your Social Security number as well as your Oregon residence address.
- You must provide a valid mailing address.
- All applicants must pass the CDL general knowledge test. Please note that this test is offered only in English.
- Depending on the class of CDL license you wish to obtain, and endorsements you may require, you may be asked to pass additional knowledge tests.
- You must complete a commercial driver license application, and you must have at least one year driving experience. This does not have to be in a commercial vehicle.
- You must complete whatever requirements are necessary for all CDL endorsements you may need.
- You must pass a vision test.
- Applicants must provide a valid medical examiner certificate and if required, a medical waiver or exemption.
- After you have passed the knowledge tests, you must also pass the CDL skills tests. Please note these tests are only administered in English.
- You must pay the appropriate testing and issuing fees.
- Applicants must not be suspended or in any way disqualified from carrying a CDL in Oregon or any other state.
- You will be required to have your photograph taken.
- When you have met all the requirements you will be given a temporary card to use until your CDL license arrives in the mail.
Licensing fees for a commercial drivers license in Oregon:
A CDL instruction permit, valid for one year, is $23.50.
If you are upgrading an existing Oregon drivers license, the fee is $75.50.
If you have no Oregon drivers license the fee is $135.50.
For additional information or any questions you may have, contact the Oregon Department of Transportation at the following address:
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97314
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