Getting your CDL in Arizona

Getting your CDL in Arizona


To obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Arizona, you need to meet certain requirements and complete a series of steps. The process involves gathering documentation, passing written and skills tests, and paying the necessary fees. Here’s a general overview:

1. Eligibility Requirements:
– You must be at least 18 years old to drive within Arizona and 21 years old to drive across state lines or transport hazardous materials.
– You should hold a valid Arizona driver’s license.
– You must provide proof of your Social Security Number.

2. Documentation:
– Gather the required documentation, including 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 Arizona Commercial Driver License Manual thoroughly.
– Visit an Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office or an authorized third-party testing location to take the written CDL exam.
– The exam covers general knowledge, specific vehicle classes, air brakes (if applicable), and any additional endorsements you seek.

4. CDL Skills Tests: 
– Schedule an appointment at an authorized third-party testing location or an MVD office 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).

6. Fees:
– The fees for obtaining a CDL in Arizona can vary. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the fee for a Class A, B, or C CDL was $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. To get the most accurate and up-to-date information, please visit the official website of the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division or contact your local MVD office or an authorized third-party testing location in Arizona. They will be able to provide you with the current requirements and fees for obtaining a CDL in Arizona.


CDL Requirements

CDL Requirements

If you are a first-time Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicant, you must obtain a CDL instruction permit to operate a vehicle requiring a CDL on the highway. The CDL instruction permit is valid for six months. The minimum age for a CDL is 21. If you are at least 18, you may apply for an intrastate CDL that is valid only in Arizona. Drivers under the age of 21 are prohibited from transporting hazardous materials.

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Transfer Your CDL

You have 30 days to change your CDL if you have changed your state of domicile to Arizona. Federal and state laws require that you surrender all previous license credentials.

Drivers with the HME (H or X) must have a current and approved Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background record check (BRC) at the time of the application. If you do not have one, follow the instructions under the Applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) section below.

Attention Military Personnel

If you are a CDL holder on active duty serving in the United States Armed Forces, including a member of a National Guard or Reserve unit, you may be granted an exemption from the five-year license renewal requirement.

To request this exemption, you (or a designee) must provide MVD with a legible copy of the military orders that show the effective date and the length of the service member’s deployment.

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