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For Tests Beginning September 1, 2017

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MARYLAND CDL Information
Specific Maryland CDL Information

Maryland CDL (Commercial Driver's License Fees
  • Maryland CDL Renewal/Conversion (Includes CDLIS fee) - $50.00
  • Maryland CDL Conversion (Out of State to MD CDL same class. Includes CDLIS fee 5-year license) - $65.00
  • Add Motorcycle Class - $45.00
  • Maryland CDL Duplicate - $20.00
  • Maryland CDL Correction (w/o renewal) - $20.00
  • Maryland CDL Skills Retest - $20.00
  • Maryland CDL Learner's Permit (Includes CDLIS & Skills Test fees) - $90.00
  • Maryland CDL HAZMAT Background Check (BRC) - $88.75
Maryland Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Tests

Special Instructions for Maryland (CDL) Commercial Class A, B, & C and Non-Commercial Class A & B (Recreational Vehicles (RV), Fire Apparatus and Farm Vehicles)

NOTE: Applicants are eligible to schedule a Maryland commercial driver's license (CDL) skills test or a class A or B noncommercial skills test if they have held their Maryland CDL or Type II non GLS learner's permit for a minimum of 14 days, and who's Maryland driver's license is not currently suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified. In addition to a valid license and permit, Maryland CDL applicants must also have a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate (DOT physical card) and a waiver/exemption if required.

If you have any issues while registering online for your driving skills test, please call 1-410-768-7000 or 1-800-492-4575 TTY for the Hearing Impaired for assistance in scheduling a skills test appointment. Please listen to the whole message to hear the prompt to press #7, then #2 to speak to a Customer Service Representative so you can schedule an appointment.

At the end of this appointment transaction process, you will receive a confirmation number that will assist you in verifying your appointment through our Manage Scheduled Appointments tab on the Appointment Scheduling System. You can use this confirmation number and your date of birth to confirm your appointment online or if you need to change or cancel your test appointment.

Maryland Commercial and Noncommercial skills test requirements

The following items must be presented at the time of your test appointment:
  • Valid Maryland Non Commercial or Commercial driver's license as applicable.
  • Valid Maryland commercial or non-commercial Class A or B learner's permit. *Obtain a duplicate learner's permit if original is lost, stolen, or mutilated for testing.
  • CDL applicants must provide a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate (DOT card) and medical waiver/exemption if applicable.
  • Glasses/contacts must be worn for the test, if so restricted.
  • Accompanying driver with their valid driver's license: Must be 21 years of age or older and has held a valid Maryland or out-of-state CDL or noncommercial license of the same class or higher that the applicant is testing for, for a minimum of 3 years. CDL accompanying drivers must also present a valid DOT physical card with medical waiver/exemption, if applicable.
  • You must provide a valid registration card for the test vehicle including valid registration for any vehicle being towed by the test vehicle (i.e. the trailer on a class A CDL vehicle combination).
  • The vehicle(s) must be properly tagged with 1 or 2 tags as required by the issuing state.
  • Vehicles that are placarded for hazardous materials may not be used for testing.
  • If a rental vehicle is being used, the applicant's name must appear on the rental contact as a driver.
  • All test vehicles must have a valid, legible VIN plate/fishplate (contains the vehicle manufacturers GVWR or GVCWR information and its vehicle identification number) that is attached to the vehicle. This includes any vehicle trailer that is towed by the test vehicle.
  • The commercial/non-commercial test vehicle(s) must be in safe operating condition for the test.
  • The test vehicle(s) must be of the same or lower class/ type as the commercial/ non-commercial learner's permit held by the applicant. (i.e. Restricted A combination instead of a tractor trailer combination).

Note: Maryland Commercial/non-commercial class A & B Driver's Skill Test Appointments actual start and end times may fluctuate due to unforeseen circumstances. Factors such as road conditions, volume of traffic, and weather conditions, etc. may cause your appointment to start or end later than expected.

Maryland CDL Written Knowledge Tests
You will need to pass the Maryland Knowledge Tests that are required for the class of license, restriction, and endorsements you wish to possess. A general knowledge test for the Class A or Class B and C license must be successfully completed by all CDL applicants. The information needed to pass these tests is contained in the FREE Maryland CDL Handbook. Please read and study this manual carefully.
  • Class A - 70 Questions (50 GK + 20 Combination Vehicles) - Skills test required.
  • Class B - 50 Questions - Skills test required.
  • Class C - 50 Questions - Skills test required for bus, school bus and air brakes vehicles..
  • Passenger Endorsement - 20 questions - Skills test required in bus.
  • School Bus Endorsement - 25 questions - Skills test required in school bus.
  • Doubles/Triples Endorsement - 20 questions - No additional skills tests.
  • Tank Vehicle Endorsement - 20 questions - No additional skills tests.
  • Hazardous Materials Endorsement - 30 questions - No additional skills tests.
  • Air Brake Restriction Removal - 25 questions - Additional skills test in vehicle with Air Brakes.

Classes of Maryland CDL and Required Tests

CDL Class Tests Required Possible Endorsements and Required Tests
Class A
(Combination
vehicle endorsement required)

General Knowledge Written Exam

Combination Endorsement Written Exam

Road Exam

H - Hazardous Materials Written Exam
N - Tank Vehicles Written Exam
P - Passenger Transport Written and Road Exam
T - Doubles/Triples Written Exam
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles Written Exam
L - Air Brakes Written and Road Exam
S - School Bus Written and Road Exam
Class B

General Knowledge Written Exam

Road Exam

H - Hazardous Materials Written Exam
N - Tank Vehicles Written Exam
P - Passenger Transport Written and Road Exam
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles Written Exam
L - Air Brakes Written and Road Exam
S - School Bus Written and Road Exam
Class C

General Knowledge Written Exam

Road Exam

Note: If upgrading to a Class C from a Class D, no road test is required UNLESS the endorsement requires one.
H - Hazardous Materials Written Exam
N - Tank Vehicles Written Exam
P - Passenger Transport Written and Road Exam
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles Written Exam
L - Air Brakes Written and Road Exam
S - School Bus Written and Road Exam

Maryland CDL Endorsements

Exam Time Allowed (Minutes) # of Questions on Exam # of Correct Answers Needed to Pass
General Knowledge 60 50 40
Air Brakes 25 25 20
HazMat 30 30 24
Tank 20 20 16
Passenger 20 20 16
Doubles/Triples 20 20 16
Combination Vehicles 20 20 16
School Bus 20 20 16

For the most complete and accurate official Maryland state CDL information, go to the Official Maryland CDL Website.

WHAT IS A CDL?

A "CDL" is a Commercial Drivers License. It meets certain "standards" that are the same for every state. It differs from your Maryland "operator's" or "chauffeur's" licenses. It is required if you drive certain kinds of commercial vehicles either within Maryland or outside of Maryland.

WHAT IS THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT OF 1986 (CMVSA/86)?

It is a law passed by the United States Congress which requires ALL the individual states to comply with certain standards in regards to the licensing of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Maryland driver licensing standards comply with the law, requiring CMV drivers to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) when driving applicable vehicles. A CDL license can ONLY be issued in the driver's STATE OF LEGAL RESIDENCE, and if you have a CDL, you can have NO OTHER DRIVER'S LICENSE in ANY other state.

WHEN DO I NEED A CDL INSTEAD OF MY REGULAR MARYLAND DRIVERS LICENSE?

A CDL is required if you operate any of the following CMV's . . .

  • A vehicle with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 lbs.
  • A vehicle towing a unit with a manufacturer's GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. when the GCWR exceeds 26,000 lbs.
  • A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons (including the operator) or any vehicle carrying children to or from school and home regularly for compensation.
  • A vehicle of any size that carries hazardous materials in amounts requiring placarding.

ARE THERE ANY EXEMPTIONS TO BEING REQUIRED TO HAVE A CDL?

Yes, a few . . .

  • Active Duty Military . . . with military licenses operating military vehicles.
  • Firefighters . . . meeting approved training standards and operating authorized emergency vehicles.
  • Farmers . . . in certain cases.
  • Individuals ....operating motor homes or other vehicles used exclusively to transport personal possessions or family members, for non business purposes.

ARE THERE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A MARYLAND CDL?

You must meet the following requirements to obtain a CDL . . .

  • You must be 21 years old. (18 years if all commercial driving is done within Maryland and if no hazardous materials requiring placarding are transported and if you do not drive double or triple trailer rigs).
  • Possess a valid medical certificate in accordance with MCSR 49 CFR 391.41.
  • You must otherwise qualify for the license based on your driving record. Any of the following will disqualify you from obtaining a CDL . . .
    • If you possess a license from any state other than your State of Residence.
    • If you are currently subject to any disqualification of your commercial driving privilege in Maryland or any other state.
    • If your license is currently suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled.
    • If you have a conviction for operating a CMV (commercial motor vehicle) while impaired in the 24 months immediately preceding application.
    • other technical rules, and further restrictions that pertain only to MARYLAND are covered in detail within the Course.
      THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO APPRENTICESHIP OR TRAINING REQUIREMENTS TO GET YOUR MARYLAND CDL. THIS MAY SOON CHANGE.

Access Official Federal CDL Medical Requirements Info

HOW DO I OBTAIN A CDL?

By completing the following items . . .

  • Show your driver's license from your State of Residence.
  • Take and pass all written examinations that apply to your license class and endorsement requirements.
  • Show proof of social security number.
  • Meet driver record eligibility requirements as determined by the State of Maryland.
  • Fill out an application including certifications.
  • Show proof that you passed the required written tests, pass a vision screening, and show proof of a valid DOT medical certificate (BEFORE a CDL Temporary Instruction Permit will be issued and before you will be allowed to the the skills test).
  • Pay the Maryland CDL fees.
  • Schedule, take, and pass your CDL skills test.

A separate booklet is included with the complete Maryland CDL Course package which covers information such as fees, locations, contacts, and other items specific to the State of Maryland for the written and skills examinations for ALL classes of license and ALL endorsements.

What do the terms Class A, Class B, and Class C mean on a CDL?

It refers to the type of vehicle that you may operate . . .

  • CLASS A . . . allows you to operate vehicles which tow trailers or other vehicles with a GVWR over 10,000 pounds when the combined GVWR is over 26,000 pounds. A Class "A" license also allows you to operate Class B and C vehicles. Applicable endorsements are required.
  • CLASS B . . . allows you to operate single vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs or more OR a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more, towing trailers/vehicles rated at 10,000 pounds GVWR or less. A Class "B" license also allows you to operate Class C vehicles. Applicable endorsements are required.
  • CLASS C . . .allows you to operate vehicles under 26,001 lbs. GVWR, that would normally not require a CDL; except when they are designed to transport 16 or more persons including the driver; or that carry 15 or less people (including the driver) transporting children to or from school and home regularly for compensation, or carry hazardous materials in amounts requiring placarding. Applicable endorsements are required.

What are Endorsement Codes and when do I need them on my CDL?

Endorsements are necessary for certain commercial driving requirements as follows . . .

  • AIR BRAKES endorsement for vehicles with air brakes.
  • (T) DOUBLE or TRIPLE TRAILERS. For tractors pulling two or three trailers.
  • (P) PASSENGER. For vehicles which are designed to carry 16 or more people (including the driver);
  • (S) SCHOOL BUS. Any vehicle transporting children to or from school and home regularly for compensation.
  • (N) TANK VEHICLES. For vehicles designed to haul liquids or liquefied gases in bulk in permanently mounted tanks or portable tanks rated at 1,000 gallons or more.
  • (H) HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. To carry hazardous materials in amounts requiring placards.
  • (X) Endorsement code designating a Tank (N) vehicle that carries Hazardous Materials (H).

Access Official Federal CDL Hazardous Materials Info

I'M OVER 18 YEARS OLDS, BUT NOT 21 YEARS OLD YET. CAN I GET A CDL?

Yes . . . with restrictions. Until your 21st birthday, you cannot drive a commercial vehicle outside the borders of Maryland. You cannot drive a vehicle requiring HAZ MAT placarding and cannot drive double or triple trailer rigs.

CAN I USE MY MARYLAND CDL OUT OF STATE?

Yes! If you are 21 years or older it is good throughout the entire United States.

CAN MY CDL BE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED?

Yes, there are MANY reasons that your CDL can be suspended or revoked. Improper use of alcohol or drugs, traffic violations, and failure to notify top the list. The Maryland CDL Course details ALL of the rules regarding suspension or revocation. The point to remember is that alcohol or drug use is not tolerated and your record WILL FOLLOW YOU THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES FOREVER!!!

SO LET'S SAY THAT MY CDL IS REVOKED. CAN'T I JUST GET A CDL IN ANOTHER STATE?

No!!! Those days are gone. One computer system keeps track of all licenses THROUGHOUT the United States. In a matter of seconds it can be determined if you possess more than one license.

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