Getting your CDL in Kentucky
To obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Kentucky, you’ll need to follow specific steps and meet certain requirements. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get your CDL in Kentucky:
1. Determine Eligibility:
- You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a CDL in Kentucky.
- If you plan to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines (interstate commerce) or carry hazardous materials, you must be at least 21 years old.
2. Gather Required Documents:
- Your valid Kentucky driver’s license.
- Social Security card or proof of Social Security number.
- Proof of Kentucky residency (e.g., utility bill or bank statement).
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate (DOT physical) from a certified medical examiner.
3. Self-Certify Your CDL Type and Interstate/Intrastate Status:
- Determine whether you need an interstate or intrastate CDL, and self-certify your type of CDL and the category of operation (e.g., non-excepted interstate, excepted interstate).
4. Study for the CDL Written Exams:
- Obtain the Kentucky CDL Manual from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet or their website.
- Study the manual thoroughly to prepare for the required written exams.
5. Take the CDL Written Exams:
- Visit a Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s office or authorized CDL testing site.
- Pass the required written exams, which may include the General Knowledge Test and additional exams for specific endorsements (e.g., tanker, hazmat).
6. Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP):
- If you pass the written exams, you’ll receive a CLP. The CLP allows you to practice driving a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a licensed CDL holder.
7. Practice Driving:
- Enroll in a CDL training program or practice driving with a qualified CDL holder to gain hands-on experience.
8. Schedule and Pass the Skills Test:
- When you’re ready, schedule a skills test appointment with a Kentucky State Police-approved CDL testing site.
- The skills test includes a pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and an on-road driving test.
- Pass all parts of the skills test to obtain your full CDL.
9. Pay the Fees: – Pay the required CDL permit and testing fees.
10. Receive Your CDL: – After successfully completing the skills test and paying the fees, you’ll receive your CDL.
11. Maintain Your CDL: – To keep your CDL, you must follow Kentucky regulations, including periodic medical examinations and renewals.
Please note that Kentucky’s CDL requirements may change, so it’s essential to check the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website or contact your local Circuit Court Clerk’s office for the most up-to-date information on CDL requirements and procedures.