Current CDL Holders

Medical Certification– you can self-certify without visiting a Tax Collector’s Office. Simply upload your medical certification from your phone or computer at no cost. Access the self-certify website. 

Learn more regarding medical card requirements: Medical Card Requirements.

CDL Applicants

Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicants are required to have an Operators License and pass the vision requirements. Applicants must be 18 years of age. If under 21, the applicant will be restricted to intrastate operation only.

Oral exams may be given in English or Spanish with the exception of the skills test or Hazmat exams. Interpreters may not be used during the administration of the oral exams or during any portion of the CDL skill exams. Be sure to study the Florida Commercial Driver License Handbook. The handbook is also available in Spanish.  (*Oral exams require an appointment. Appointments are only available in our Panama City office.)

Class A Exam Requirements – To operate trucks or truck combinations weighing 26,001 lbs or more, and towing a vehicle/unit over 10,000 lbs, then a Class A license is needed. The following tests are required:

General Knowledge test
Combinations vehicle test
Air Brakes
Pre-Trip
Basic Skills
CDL Road Test
Applicable exams for desired endorsements
Class B Exam Requirements – To operate straight trucks and buses 26,001 lbs or more, then a Class B license is needed. The following tests are required:

General Knowledge test
Air Brakes (if applicable)
Pre-Trip
Basic Skills
CDL Road Test
Applicable exams for desired endorsements

Class C Exam Requirements – To operate vehicles transporting placarded amounts of hazardous materials, or vehicles designed to transport more than 15 persons including the driver with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 lbs, then a Class C license is needed. The following tests are required:

General Knowledge test
Air Brakes (if applicable)
Pre-Trip
Basic Skills
CDL Road Test
Applicable exams for desired endorsements

Already have an out of state CDL?
We will reciprocate an out of state or a Canadian commercial driver license. However, an out of state applicant with a hazmat endorsement will have to reapply for a hazmat endorsement, which will include background check, appropriate exams and fees.


Already have a Military CDL?

Military or prior military customers requesting to be issued a CDL due to qualifications of experience while serving on military duty must:
• Pass all required knowledge and endorsement exams for the CDL license class and endorsements they are applying to obtain,
• Present the Certification for Waiver of Skill Test for Military Personnel form completed by their commanding officer or designee while on active duty or within 90 days of separation from service.
Military are now only exempt from taking the skills exams. The process must be completed and the CDL issued within 120 days of separation from service. The Certification for Waiver of Skill Test form for Military Personnel can be provided to the customer.

Endorsements
“Endorsement” means a special authorization, which permits a driver to drive certain types of vehicles or to transport certain types of property or a certain number of passengers. The following endorsements can be placed on Class A, B, or C commercial driver licenses.

H. (Placarded Hazmat) – Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills tests and who will transport placarded hazardous materials.

N. (Tank Vehicles) – Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills tests and who will drive tank vehicles.

P. (Passengers) – Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills test and who will drive passenger vehicles.

S. (School Bus) Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills test and who will transport pre-primary, primary or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school-sponsored events. (Does not include a bus used as a common carrier.) The P endorsement is also required.

T. (Double/Triple Trailers) – Issued to those who have passed the required written and skills tests and who will drive double or triple tractor- trailer vehicles. Triple trailers are not allowed on Florida roads.

X. (Placarded Hazmat & Tank Vehicles) – Issued to those who qualify for the H and N endorsements.

*Written CDL testing can be done at any office location. However, the required fingerprinting and background check for the hazmat endorsement is only available by appointment in our Panama City office. Schedule an appointment. 

Commercial driver licenses cannot be renewed online, by phone, or by mail. Proof of citizenship or legal presence may be required for renewal, duplicate or replacement licenses. Please come prepared to present an identification document as proof of citizenship or legal presence. Minimize your wait by joining the line remotely.