- In order to qualify for a CDL or CDL instruction permit, you must have a minimum of two years driving experience and be at least 18 years old.
- You must meet certain physical qualification standards as stated in the Federal Motor Carrier Rules and carry evidence of those qualifications with you in the form of a medical certificate.
- You must complete an application for a commercial driver’s license in West Virginia, including any endorsements you require.
- You must provide a copy of your current DOT medical certification.
- You must pay the CDL testing fee which is $25, as well as drivers licensing fees and endorsement fees of $10 each. The CDL testing fee includes the general knowledge exam, the air brakes exam, and the combination exam. These fees are nonrefundable.
You can submit the application, your medical certification, and the required fees to the following address:
Division of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 17010
Charleston WV 25317
You may also choose to bring these documents in person to the Charleston Division of Motor Vehicles. When your application and fees have been received, you will be mailed a test card which will give you the CDL testing sites in your region.
When you have completed all your tests, you will be issued a CDL instruction permit which is valid for six months and can only be renewed once.
When you are ready to take the road skills test you will contact one of the third-party examiners listed in the front of the CDL manual and schedule an appointment. Most of the skills tests are conducted on the weekends or in the evenings.
There is an $85 fee for the skills test which you will pay to the third-party examiner when you take your test. You will be responsible for providing the vehicle in which you will take your test, and it should be the same class of vehicle as the license for which you are applying.
When you have finished your skills tests, you will need to submit your proof of passing to one of the DMV offices or the Driver Exam Center, at which time you will be issued your CDL license.
If you have questions or need additional information about CDL training in West Virginia, contact the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, at the address listed above.
You can also visit their website here:
The CDL manual is available for download here: