Arizona is known for its dry weather, and beautiful deserts. If you desire to establish yourself as a commercial driver within this state, you are required to apply for an Arizona CDL, or Commercial Driver’s License. It is imperative that you follow the rules established by the Arizona Department of Transportation to obtain your Arizona CDL.
Arizona CDL Types:
The state of Arizona has three different CDL types. It is important to know what class of CDL you need to apply for. As of 2010, Arizona offers the following CDL:
Class-A: This license is needed for those who are operating a combination vehicle that weights more than 26,001 pounds.
Class-B: This license is required for any person operating a vehicle weighing more than 26,001 pounds. Unlike the Class-A license, this is not a combination license; however, operators can attach a trailer if the trailer weighs less than 10,000 pounds.
Class-C: This license is required for any person to operate vehicle weighing less than 26,000 pounds and if the vehicle is transporting more than 15 passengers or if the vehicle is designed to transport hazardous waste. Take note, to obtain a Class-C CDL, you must obtain a P or H endorsement.
Arizona CDL Instruction Permit:
The first step in getting an Arizona CDL is to apply for a CDL Instruction Permit. To quality for this permit you must review the Arizona Commercial Driver License Manual, which can be found below under resources or at any Arizona DMV office. To apply for this permit, you must have had a driver’s license for one-year or more, if you are an out-of-state driver, you must obtain an Arizona license and cancel the previous out-of-state license.
CDL Instruction Permit applicants must also complete Form 40-1501, and provide their social security card. Applicants must also complete a medical review form, and have this form reviewed and signed by your physician. Once you have provided all of the aforementioned information to the Arizona DMV, you must then schedule a CDL Instruction Permit knowledge test, which draws upon information found within the Commercial Driver’s License Manual.
After passing the test, the applicant will be awarded a CDL Instruction Permit, which is valid for six-months. The purpose of this permit is to allow the applicant ample time to learn how to drive a larger vehicle and prepare for their road test.
Arizona CDL Road Test:
Once you feel you have gained enough experience driving on the instruction permit, you must schedule a road test at any local Arizona DMV office. If you do not have access to a vehicle, you must take the road test at a third party testing center. The Arizona Division of Motor Vehicles provides a list of all licensed third party testers. As of 2010, the licensing fee for taking such a test is $25 for Class-A and Class-B CDL, $12.50 for Class-C license and $10 for extra endorsements. If you are applying for a hazardous waste endorsement, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check before the license is awarded.
Arizona Department of Transportation: Commercial Driver License Frequently Asked Questions
Arizona Department of Transportation: D.O.T. Medical Examination Report Form
Arizona Department of Transportation: Medical Information for Commercial Driver’s License
Arizona Department of Transportation: Commercial Driver License Manual