The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety runs the state driver’s license programs. Drivers seeking work as an operator of big rigs, buses and other large vehicles typically need to earn a specialized commercial driver’s license. To get an Oklahoma CDL license, an applicant must first pass a CDL knowledge test. Upon passing that test, he can get a permit and train on actual vehicles. Those who are ready to get a license can then take a skills test and obtain a CDL license at a local license exam station.
Find an Oklahoma Department of Public Safety license exam station. You can find a list and phone numbers online at Dps.state.ok.us/dls/pub/DLES.pdf.
Visit a nearby exam station and pick up an Oklahoma CDL manual or access this “Oklahoma Commercial Driver License Manual” online at Dps.state.ok.us/dls/pub/CMVDM.pdf.
Get a medical exam. For safety reasons, Oklahoma commercial drivers must pass a medical examination. The federal government provides the exam form online at Fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/forms/649f.pdf. Get your checkup and take the medical card you receive when you apply for your test and CDL license.
Use the Oklahoma CDL manual (study guide) to get ready for the CDL written knowledge test. Make sure you study for any additional endorsement tests required by the vehicle you will be driving or cargo you will be hauling. For example, if you intend on getting an Oklahoma school-bus-driver job, then you need “school bus” and “passenger vehicle” endorsements. The manual will tell you which endorsements you have to obtain.
Take the knowledge test at one of the Oklahoma DPS driver’s license exam stations. You will receive an Oklahoma CDL permit if you pass the test.
Find CDL training in or around Oklahoma. Trucking and commercial driving, like many jobs, is often learned from generation to generation. But if you do not have a family member or friend to teach you, truck driver training schools provide an option. You can find certified CDL programs from certifying organization Professional Truck Driver Institute. See the organization’s full list of certified programs at Ptdi.org/schools/schools.aspx.
If you want to seek other jobs, such as bus driving, then you might want to apply with employers like Greyhound. Such companies often have in-house CDL training programs. Prospective school bus drivers should also contact the local Oklahoma school district for possible training programs.
Schedule a CDL skills test at an Oklahoma DPS license exam office (see above). If you pass this second part of the Oklahoma CDL test, then you can receive your Oklahoma CDL license and work as an Oklahoma driver in the state. If you are at least 21, your state license is also valid for interstate commercial driving.
Oklahoma CDL Manual
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