Getting your CDL in Alabama:
To obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Alabama, you’ll need to follow a set of steps and meet certain requirements. The process involves obtaining the necessary documentation, passing several tests, and paying the associated fees. Here’s a general overview:
1. Eligibility Requirements:
– You must be at least 18 years old to drive within the state of Alabama.
– You must be at least 21 years old to drive across state lines or transport hazardous materials.
– You should hold a valid Alabama driver’s license.
– You must provide proof of your Social Security Number.
– Gather the required documentation, which typically includes proof of identity (e.g., birth certificate, passport), proof of residency, and proof of Social Security Number.
– You may also need to provide documents verifying your legal presence in the United States.
3. CDL Written Test:
– Study the Alabama Commercial Driver License Manual thoroughly.
– Visit your local Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) office and take the written CDL exam.
– The exam covers general knowledge, air brakes (if applicable), and any additional endorsements you seek.
4. CDL Skills Tests:
– Schedule an appointment at an approved testing site to take the CDL skills tests.
– The skills tests consist of three parts: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
– You’ll need to provide the appropriate vehicle for each test, such as a commercial vehicle of the appropriate class.
5. Medical Examination:
– Obtain a medical examination from a certified medical examiner.
– The medical examiner will complete the Medical Examination Report (MER) and provide you with a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC).
– The fees for obtaining a CDL in Alabama may vary. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the cost for a Class A or B CDL was $66.25, which included the written and skills tests.
– Additional fees may apply for endorsements, duplicates, and other services.
Please note that the fees and specific procedures may have changed since my last update, so it’s advisable to visit the official website of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) or contact your local ALEA office to obtain the most up-to-date information regarding CDL requirements and prices.
Things you will need
- Current driver license
- Social Security card *
- 2 Proofs of Principal Residence ***
- If transferring from out of state, applicant must present one document from the “primary” list (in addition to the Social Security number document)
- Current Department of Transportation long medical form (unless medically exempt)
- $25 testing fee (no checks)
- Transportation Security Administration background check if transferring or obtaining a hazardous materials endorsement
- If not a U.S. citizen, applicant must legally be in permanent status in the United States and domiciled in Alabama
- Skills test if upgrading a license or first-time applicant (test by appointment only; $20 skills test fee)
- Proof of insurance
- $66.25 to purchase class “A” license
- $56.25 to purchase class “B” license
- $36.25 to purchase class “C” license
- $36.25 to purchase commercial learner license