A commercial driver’s license, or CDL, is required for any driver who plans on operating a commercial vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds or one carrying over 15 passengers as well as vehicles transporting hazardous materials. If you live in Idaho and are interested in obtaining a CDL, then you will want to read further and check out the resources section to find answers to all your questions.
First Step in Obtaining an Idaho CDL:
The first thing you will want to do is read the Idaho Commercial Driver’s License Manual. This manual is available at any Idaho driver’s license office as well as in the resources section located at the end of this article. After reviewing this manual you will understand what the next step will need to be.
Applying for the Idaho CDL Learner’s Permit:
To apply for the Idaho CDL, you will want to visit your local driver’s license office. Make sure you bring the following documentation: driver’s license and the DOT Medical Evaluation Report. This report must be signed by your licensed physician and brought to the driver’s license office.
Upon completion of the aforementioned steps you will need to take the required knowledge, or written, tests. These include the general knowledge test as well as any other written test required for the type of CDL license you are receiving. As of 2010, the fees associated with the Idaho CDL Learner’s Permit is $29 for the permit and $3 for each written test you must take.
After passing all of the required written tests, you will then be issued a Idaho CDL Learner’s Permit. This permit is valid for 180 days, and you may operate a commercial vehicle you are licensed for with a CDL licensed driver in the passenger seat.
Idaho CDL Skills Test:
Once you feel confident with your driving abilities, you will then need to schedule a CDL skill test. These tests are available at any licensed skill tester in the state of Idaho; your local driver’s license office will have information about local testing centers. Upon arriving at the testing center you must bring your driver’s license, proof of insurance as well as information showing you passed the required knowledge examinations and paid the $70 skill test fee. The skill test is comprised of three sections: Vehicle Inspection Evaluation, Basic Control Test as well as the Road Test. After passing all of the aforementioned examinations, you must pay the $40 CDL license fee. Once a Idaho CDL has been issued it is valid for four-years.
Idaho Transportation Department: Commercial Driver’s License Program
Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination
Idaho Transportation Department: Idaho Driver’s License Office Locations and Phone Numbers
Idaho Transportation Department: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Requirements Fact Sheet
Idaho Transportation Department: Commercial Driver’s License Manual