TEXAS CDL LICENSE REQUIREMENTS AND TX CDL GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
In accordance with federal rules, a CDL operator is qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle in Texas if they:
- Are at least 21 years old.
- Can read and speak English enough to talk with the general public, to grasp highway traffic signals and signs, to reply to official inquiries, and to make reports and records.
- Are physically certified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
- Have a currently legitimate commercial motor vehicle operator’s license issued by only one state.
- Have given their employer an inventory of violations or the certificates as required
- Aren’t disqualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle
- Have successfully passed a driver’s road examination and related knowledge tests and have been issued a commercial driver’s license by the state of Texas
Texas offers both interstate and intrastate CDLs.
What’s the difference between an interstate CDL and an intrastate CDL?
You can get an intrastate CDL at the age of 18 years old. To be licensed to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, however, you need to be at least 21 years old.
Drivers with some disabilities may still qualify for a CDL at the intrastate level. There are Limb Waiver (Form (CDL-37) and Vision Waiver (Form CDL-36) packets available to allow exemptions for drivers missing a limb or unable to fully meet the vision testing requirements.
All applicants for a Texas CDL are urged to review the Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook.
What do I need in order to apply for a Texas CDL?
Applying for a new CDL is a little complicated, so make sure you can provide the following:
Present proof of identity. This consists of either one piece of primary identification, two pieces of secondary identification, or multiple pieces of supporting identification. The first two categories are clear-cut, but supporting identification will be accepted only at the discretion of the license examiner.
Provide proof of your Social Security number.
If you own your own commercial vehicle, proof of registration and liability insurance must be provided.
You must complete the necessary application forms at the driver license office. These forms may vary depending on the types of endorsements you seek.
Pay the required fee. Each special endorsement and any related testing may require its own fee.
Pass the vision exam.
Pass the written tests, including any special testing for the various available endorsements.
Pass the skills test (driving test) in the vehicle of the type for which you will be licensed. You must provide this vehicle.
Be photographed and fingerprinted at the driver license office.