Those living in Connecticut and are interested in obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License, or a CDL, must follow the rules and regulations established by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. While the information below is a intermediate guideline to obtain a CDL, the Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License Manual provides in-depth information regarding the requirements, required examinations and detailed class types.
Connecticut CDL Requirements:
To obtain a Connecticut CDL you must hold a valid Connecticut driver’s license, or a valid driver’s license from another state. You will also need to have your social security card; however, if you do not have a social security card you can also use the most recent W-2 tax form. You will also be required to show proof of US residency, which can be in the form of a birth certificate or passport.
As well as the aforementioned documentation, you will need a completed Examination to Determine Physical Condition of Driver, which is Form R-323. This form must be signed and endorsed by a licensed physician. A copy of the form can be found below in the references section. Along with the aforementioned form, you must also complete the Application for Commercial Driver’s License, which is Form R-229a (this form is also located in the References section below).
Once you have sent in the aforementioned documents to your local Connecticut DMV office, you will then be required to schedule a time for the general knowledge test. While every Connecticut CDL is required to take the General Knowledge Examination, those wishing to obtain special endorsements are required to take additional examinations. The Connecticut DMV website offers a list of all endorsements and tests required for them. When you arrive at the testing center, you will be required to pay a $30 test fee, and there is an additional $5 fee for any endorsement knowledge examinations.
Upon passing the general knowledge examination(s), you will then be given a Connecticut CDL Instruction Permit. After you have obtained the instruction permit, you can then schedule a skills test. Take note, these tests are by appointment only, which can be made at any Connecticut DMV office; however, the skills test are only held in the Regional Market/Hartford area. The skills test is comprised of three different sections, which include: Pre-Trip Inspection, Closed Course Test as well as a Road Test. Upon passing all three of the skills tests, you will then be given an official Connecticut CDL.
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Examination to Determine Physical Condition of Driver
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Application for a Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Acceptable Forms of Identification
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Commercial Driver Instruction Permit (CDIP)
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s Manual