- If you have a valid Washington drivers license and are at least 18 years old, you are eligible for a commercial driver instruction permit (CDIP). In order to operate a commercial vehicle across state lines, you must be 21 years old.
- You may apply for a CDIP at any Washington drivers licensing office that offers the required CDL knowledge test. You can find out by calling them first.
- You will need to provide your current drivers license, your Social Security number, and a $10 application fee. You will need to check with your local drivers license office to see which forms of payment are acceptable.
- The CDIP is only valid for six months and can only be renewed one time.
- Once you have received your CDIP, you must be accompanied by another driver who sits in the seat beside you for the purpose of giving instructions and who holds a valid CDL for the type of commercial vehicle you’re driving.
- The accompanying driver must have at least two years experience driving this type of commercial vehicle and a total of five years of commercial driving experience.
- While you are holding a CDIP, you are not allowed to operate a commercial vehicle that is classified or placarded for hazardous materials.
- You will be required to take a medical exam before you will be issued a CDL.
- There are licensed disqualifications for commercial drivers related to drug and alcohol tests. You will need to ask about these disqualifications at the drivers licensing office.
If you have further questions or need additional information about CDL training in Washington, contact the Washington State Department of licensing by visiting the following website: