The District of Columbia requires all persons who plan on operating a large vehicle, typically weighing more than 26,001 pounds or carrying more than 15 passengers or hazardous waste, apply for a Commercial Driver’s License. A District of Columbia CDL requires skills, knowledge and a desire to work on the open road.
District of Columbia CDL Learner’s Permit Requirements/Information:
The first step to obtaining an official District of Columbia CDL is to apply for a Commercial is to be at least 21 years of age and obtain a CDL learner’s permit. This permit is required for those who have never held a CDL license before.
To begin the process for the District of Columbia CDL Learner’s Permit, you will need to review the District of Columbia CDL Manual, which is available in hardcopy at the Brentwood Commercial Driver License Center or online. A digital copy of the District of Columbia CDL Manual can be found in the resources section found at the end of this article.
After studying the manual, you will need to complete the US Department of Transportation Medical Form and Card and have a licensed physician endorse this form. A copy of both the form and card are available in the resources section below. Once you have had both of these medical documents endorsed by a physician, you will then need to visit the Brentwood Commercial Driver License Center and fill out the Driver’s License/Voter Registration Application. Once the application has been processed, you can then schedule your general knowledge examinations.
These written examinations are required to obtain a District of Columbia CDL Learner’s Permit, and while everyone must take the general knowledge exam, those applying for specific license classes or endorsements must take additional examinations. All written examinations are given at the Brentwood Commercial Driver License Center. Once you pass the examinations, you will be required to pay a $20 permit fee. This District of Columbia CDL Learner’s Permit is valid for one-year, and it cannot be renewed.
District of Columbia CDL Skills/Road Tests:
After you have gained confidence in operating a larger vehicle with the District of Columbia CDL Learner’s Permit, you must then schedule a road test. You may schedule a road test online or by calling: 202-737-4404. After scheduling an appointment, gather the following materials: DC CDL Learner’s Permit, driver’s license, Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Medical Examiners Report/Card as well as a vehicle in which you are testing for.
Once you have passed all of the required road examinations, you can then visit the Brentwood Commercial Driver License Center and upgrade your permit to an official District of Columbia CDL. As of 2010, this license requires a $44 fee, which will make your District of Columbia CDL valid for eight years.
District of Columbia Division of Motor Vehicles: Obtain a DC Commercial Driver’s License
District of Columbia Division of Motor Vehicles: Brentwood Commercial Driver’s License Center
Medical Examination Report For Commercial Driver Fitness Determination
Medical Examiner’s Certificate
District of Columbia Division of Motor Vehicles: Driver’s License Fees
District of Columbia Division of Motor Vehicles: Appointment Scheduler
District of Columbia Division of Motor Vehicles: Knowledge Test