CDL Requirements

After successfully passing all of the applicable tests, you can apply for your CDL. You must provide proof that you possess a valid DOT medical certificate (you will need to get a physical), fill out the forms, provide documentation, and pay the appropriate fees. For additional information, download the Michigan Commercial Drivers License Manual.

Written Exams

There are seven different written exams. Those that you will be required to take will depend upon the type of commercial vehicle you will be driving

General Knowledge Test
Must be taken and passed by ALL CDL applicants regardless of which Class of CDL or Type of Endorsement(s) are needed.

Air Brakes Test
Must be taken and passed if any vehicle you drive has air brakes.

Combination Vehicles Test
Must be taken and passed if you drive combination vehicles requiring a Class “A” CDL.

Passenger Transport (P) Test
Must be taken and passed by all bus driver applicants. An additional written test may be required if transporting children to and from school.

Hazardous Materials (H) Test
Must be taken and passed if you transport hazardous materials requiring “placarding”.

Tank Vehicles (N) Test
Must be taken and passed if you drive a “tank” with a capacity of more than 1000 gallons.

Doubles & Triples (T) Test
Must be taken and passed if you pull double or triple trailers.

Skills Exam

The skills exam is made up of three parts. Each part is required regardless of which license class you are attempting to obtain. The skills exam is taken in the same type of vehicle that you will be licensed in

Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test
You will be tested to see if you know whether your vehicle is safe to drive. The examiner will score each item that you correctly inspect and explain.

Basic Vehicle Control Test
You will be tested on your basic skills in controlling the vehicle including moving your vehicle forward, backward, and turning within a defined area. You will be scored on how well you stay within the exercise boundaries and how many pull-ups you make.

On-Road Test
You will be tested on your skill to safely drive your vehicle in a variety of traffic situations.