The North Dakota Department of Transportation administers the state’s commercial driver’s license program. Applicants for a North Dakota CDL license must first pass a knowledge test and medical examination. They can then train with a licensed driver or attend a CDL training school. After completing training, an applicant than get a CDL license by completing a hands-on skills test.
Get a copy of the North Dakota CDL manual at a local Drivers License and Testing office of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Alternatively, you can access the “Commercial Drivers License Guide” at Dot.nd.gov/divisions/dlts/docs/class_c1.pdf. This handbook and study guide will tell you the basics of getting a North Dakota CDL license and the knowledge necessary to pass the written knowledge test.
Study the CDL manual so you can get a North Dakota CDL permit. Once you have a permit, you can get training to learn how to operate and drive a commercial vehicle on the North Dakota roads.
The manual has general CDL portions for all testers and endorsement portions for certain testers. A CDL endorsement is a specialized authorization to drive certain commercial vehicles (like school buses) or haul certain cargo (like hazardous materials). You only have to study for and take an endorsement test if it applies to your personal situation. If you do not know what you will be driving, you can simply study for all CDL tests (endorsements).
Note that you can also find practice tests and other resources online to supplement the official North Dakota CDL manual. Look for “CDL practice test” and “CDL study guide” in a search engine.
Go to a local Drivers License and Testing office to take your CDL knowledge test. You need to pass this written test to get a North Dakota CDL permit, which allows you to get CDL training.
Find a way to get North Dakota CDL training. Nowadays, many drivers will attend a truck driver training course. The Professional Truck Driver Institute provides certification for some of these CDL programs. You can find a list at Ptdi.org/schools/schools.aspx. Other potential sources of training include local North Dakota school districts for school bus training or employers like Greyhound for bus or truck CDL training programs.
Complete your training and schedule your CDL skills test at the local Drivers License and Testing office. If you pass this test, then you can get your North Dakota CDL license.
1. Testers should present a DOT medical card when applying for a commercial driver’s license. Applicants may access the medical examination form at Fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/forms/649f.pdf.
2. HAZMAT (hazardous materials) haulers have an additional requirement. They must pass a criminal background check. Apply at Hazprints.com as early as possible so there is time to complete the background check.
North Dakota CDL Manual
Truck Driving Schools for CDL Trainees