Drivers of trucks and other large vehicles like school buses must generally get a commercial driver’s license in any U.S. state. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles issues Vermont CDL licenses throughout the state. Applicants must first take a knowledge test at the local Vermont DMV. After passing that test, an applicant can get a permit and train on real vehicles on the roads of Vermont. Test takers who then successfully complete a hands-on skills/driving test can get a Vermont commercial driver’s license.
Go to the nearest Vermont DMV and pick up the Vermont CDL manual. You can also access this manual/study guide online at Dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/pdf/DMV-VN111-CDL_Driver_Manual.pdf. This is the main source of information for the written knowledge test. Study the CDL manual and supplement it with online CDL study resources. Simply use Google or another site to search for “CDL study guide” and “CDL practice test” and use the resources you find to help you prepare and practice for the test.
Study all general portions regardless of your future job plans. Study the endorsement portions only if you will be driving a vehicle or hauling cargo that applies to that endorsement test.
Get a medical checkup. The federal government requires a medical-fitness exam and certificate from a doctor. You can download and print out the medical form online at Fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/forms/649f.pdf. Complete the checkup and take the certificate along with you when testing or applying for your Vermont CDL license.
Go to the closest Vermont DMV and take the knowledge test. The DMV will then give you a Vermont CDL permit so that you can receive and participate in on-the-road CDL training.
Find a source for Vermont CDL training. These days, there are several ways to train for a commercial driver’s license, depending on your career driving goals. For example, truck driver training schools have become an option for inexperienced drivers. The Professional Truck Driver Institute provides a list of schools that have certified programs. Visit and use the map to find Northeast trucking schools.
Some employers, such as Greyhound, actually provide free training for bus or truck driving. Visit the corporations’ websites to find more information on CDL training opportunities. You should also check with Vermont school districts and ask about the options for training for school bus drivers.
Schedule your CDL skills test at the Vermont DMV. This is the last test you must pass to get a Vermont CDL license. However, keep in mind that drivers who haul hazardous materials have new requirements. Go to Hazprints.com to find out about and apply for the required safety threat assessment to obtain a HAZMAT endorsement.
Complete the skills test and obtain your full commercial driver’s license from the DMV. If you are at least 21, the license is good for driving in all states. If not, you can only drive inside Vermont until you turn 21.
Vermont CDL Manual