To obtain a Florida CDL, you must pass all required examinations as well as fill out the necessary paperwork. If you are interested in obtaining a commercial driver’s license within the State of Florida, then you will want to read this article and review the resources found at the end of the article.
Florida CDL Basic Requirements:
As a general rule for all Florida CDL class types, applicants must be at least 18 years of age; however, take note that those who are under 21 are restricted to the type of materials they can transport and they are also bound within state borders. Those who are 21 years of age or older can drive on interstates and are only limited to the type of materials they can transport by their license class.
You must also pass the Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination form. This form can be found in the resources section, and it must be completed before applying for any Florida CDL examinations. This form requires endorsement by a licensed physician for it to qualify.
Florida CDL Instruction Permit:
Visit any local Florida DMV office to apply for your Florida CDL Instruction Permit. This permit is required for any person aspiring to become a commercial driver. With the permit you are able to drive the type of vehicle licensed for with another Florida CDL driver. To obtain this license, you will need to pass any required knowledge, or written, examinations. Below are the type of examinations necessary for a specific type of Florida CDL Instruction Permit:
Class A – General Knowledge Exam, Combinations Vehicle Exam and Air Brake Examination.
Class B – General Knowledge Exam and Air Brakes Examination if operating a vehicle with air brakes.
Class C – General Knowledge Exam and the Air Brakes Examination if operating a vehicle with air brakes.
Florida CDL Road Tests:
After obtaining your Florida CDL Instruction Permit you must then schedule a skills test with the Florida DMV. To schedule an exam appointment, contact your local DMV office. Upon arriving you must bring your Florida CDL Instruction Permit, social security card as well as all other documentation outlined by the Florida CDL Manual. Below you will find the necessary road skill examinations based on the class of CDL you are obtaining:
Class A – Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Skills Examination and CDL Road Test.
Class B – Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Skills Examination and a CDL Road Test.
Class C – CDL Road Test.
As of 2010, once you have passed the skills test you will be required to pay a $75 licensing fee before receiving your official Florida CDL.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: How do I Obtain my Commercial Driver License (CDL)?
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: Driver License Fees
US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Medical Advisory Criteria for Evaluation
Florida CDL Handbook 2010
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: CDL Learner’s Permit
US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Medical Evaluation Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination