Getting your CDL In Arkansas

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Information on Getting your CDL Permit In Arkansas

Getting your CDL in Arkansas:

To obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Arkansas, you need to fulfill 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 Arkansas and 21 years old to drive across state lines or transport hazardous materials.
– You should hold a valid Arkansas 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 Arkansas Commercial Driver License Manual thoroughly.
– Visit a local Revenue Office or a third-party testing location authorized by the Arkansas State Police 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 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).

6. Fees:
– The fees for obtaining a CDL in Arkansas can vary. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the fee for a Class A or B CDL was $42.50, which included the written and skills tests.
– Additional fees may apply for endorsements, duplicates, and other services.

It’s important to 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 Arkansas State Police or contact your local Revenue Office or an authorized third-party testing location in Arkansas. They will be able to provide you with the current requirements and fees for obtaining a CDL in Arkansas.

Commercial Driver License (CDL)

Pursuant to Federal standards, Arkansas issues CDL’s and CLP’s to drivers according to the following license classifications:

Class A: Any combination of vehicles which has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds or more, inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds, whichever is greater.

Class B: Any single vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or more, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight that does not exceed 10,000 pounds.

Class C: Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.

Arkansas DMV Infromation on CDL