The short answer to this question is “no.” CDLs can’t be transferred from state to state, though this is a common question for truck drivers before or after CDL training. You have to register for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in the state where you live, just like your regular, non-commercial driver’s license. If you move to a different state, you have to get a new license in your new state.
No matter which state you get your CDL in, you will still need to be at least 21 years of age to drive across state lines or to obtain a HAZMAT endorsement and transport hazardous materials. Some states allow CDL holders to be 18 or older and perform the type of driving jobs that are limited to the state boundaries.
In order to earn a CDL and drive a commercial motor vehicle, you’ll need to:
- Provide proof of residency in the state or lawful residency in the U.S. (e.g., social security card, birth certificate, green card, or another approved document)
- Pass a background check, a Department of Transportation (DOT) driving record review (i.e., free from suspensions, etc.), and a medical exam performed by an authorized medical examiner
- Be able to read and write in English
- When moving, provide proof of your new address
What state has the easiest CDL test?
It’s hard to say one state CDL test is easier than another state test, because the CDL requirements and knowledge base are determined by the federal government and are the same in every state. That means they all require the road test (a.k.a. driving test), vehicle inspection test, and the basic controls test.
Another reason this question is hard to answer is that CDL tests change frequently to reduce the chances of test takers sharing answers with each other. The best way to ensure success on the CDL test is to study and practice. That will also help you succeed and stay safe on the road.
How do I transfer my CDL to another state?
First, do your research online before you go anywhere. Next, go to the department of motor vehicles (DMV) in your new state, either in-person or online, and follow the instructions there. Take the time to gather the necessary documents before you begin the registration process. That will save you time and frustration later.
What is the new CDL law?
The new Entry Level Driver Training regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck drivers who receive the commercial learner’s permit (CLP) after February 7, 2022 to complete their driver training with a registered provider. The goal is to standardize new driver training and ensure that everyone gets the same standard of quality training. This protects both the students, other CDL drivers on the road, and the general public.