- You must be at least 18 years old to drive a commercial vehicle within the state of South Carolina. If you wish to transport cargo across state lines the minimum age is 21.
- You will be required to certify that you have read, understand, and meet the qualification requirements listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
- You must prove you are medically qualified by showing either a valid DOT long form or a valid DOT medical card.
- You must provide an acceptable proof of identity.
- You must complete the CDL application and pay the $15 application fee.
- You will be required to provide a history of your previous drivers licenses, as well as information regarding any out-of-state licenses you may have had.
- You must pass a vision test.
- You must pass all knowledge tests that are required for obtaining a license in the classification in which you intend to operate. There is an additional $2. 00 fee for each knowledge tests that you take.
- You will be required to pass the three-part road test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, off-road, and on road driving.
- You must pay the $12.50 license fee.
- You will be asked to provide automobile liability insurance information from a company licensed to do business in South Carolina.
For additional information about CDL training in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of motor vehicles website:
Download the South Carolina CDL manual: