Commercial Driver Licenses

Commercial Driver Licenses

Please note that because of vision requirements, CDL holders are not eligible to renew online.

As of July 8, 2015 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that an Intrastate Only “2” restriction be added to all Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs) and Commercial Learner Permit (CLPs) when self-certifying in category C-Non- Excepted Intrastate or category D-Excepted Intrastate.

All CDL holders that visit a driver license office and request an Original, Renewal or Replacement CDL or CLP and are self-certifying in an Intrastate category will be required to have an Intrastate Only restriction “2” placed on their CDL or CLP. All CDL holders that appear in a tax collector office to update their medical certification only and are self-certifying in an Intrastate category will be required to obtain a new license and have an Intrastate Only restriction “2” placed on their commercial driver license. A $6.25 service fee applies, but the $25 license fee will be waived.

Customers may update or change their self-certification category to A-Non-Excepted Interstate or B-Excepted Interstate to prevent the requirement of the “2” Intrastate Only restriction being added. CDL drivers certifying in category A-Non-Excepted Interstate must present a valid CDL Medical Card.

You must possess a Commercial Driver License (CDL) if:

  • You operate a truck or truck combination with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR, or total capacity weight as determined by the manufacturer) of 26,001 pounds or more, or
  • You operate a vehicle that is designed to carry 15 or more passengers (including the driver), or
  • Your vehicle requires a placard to transport hazardous materials (see specific requirements for a hazardous materials endorsement below).

You are exempt from obtaining a CDL if you:

  • Drive authorized emergency vehicles, or
  • Are military personnel driving military vehicles, or
  • Are a farmer transporting farm machinery, products, or supplies within 150 miles of your farm, or
  • Drive recreational vehicles for recreation reasons, or
  • Drive a single-unit truck used to transport your own personal property which is not for sale, or
  • Are employed by a publicly owned transit system and move trucks for maintenance or parking within the transit system’s property.

Reciprocations of CDLs:

  • Florida reciprocates all CDL license classes, endorsements, and restrictions for any of the 50 states and Canada.  Please note that a Heavy Vehicle license from Puerto Rico is not reciprocal as a CDL.
  • If you recently drove heavy vehicles while in the military, it is possible that you can obtain a commercial driver license without passing a skills test. Please click here for more information.

CDL license classes & testing requirements:

Class A – Combination trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more, provided the towed vehicle’s GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.

Testing requirements:
Minimum age 18,
CDL general knowledge exam,
Combination vehicle test,
Air brakes,
Vision – 20/40 in each eye,
Hearing – must hear a whisper,
Pre-Trip,
Basic Skills, and
Driving.
Note: Drivers under 21 will be restricted to intrastate operation only.

Class B – Straight (single-unit) trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more.

Testing requirements:
CDL general knowledge exam,
Air brakes if applicable,
Vision – 20/40 in each eye,
Hearing – must hear a whisper,
Pre-Trip,
Basic Skills, and
Driving.
Note: Drivers under 21 will be restricted to intrastate operation only.

Class C – Trucks with a GVWR of less than 26,001 lbs. but that are (1) designed to carry 15 or more passengers (including the driver), or (2) require a placard to transport hazardous materials (see specific requirements for a hazardous materials endorsement below).

Testing requirements:
CDL general knowledge exam,
Air brakes if applicable,
Vision – 20/40 in each eye,
Hearing – must hear a whisper, and
Driving.
Note: Drivers under 21 will be restricted to intrastate operation only.

Additional testing may be required, depending on the endorsement(s) needed. With the exception of hazardous materials, you may take any of the CDL knowledge exams at any Pinellas County Tax Collector offices, except the South County branch. Please note: In-office knowledge exams have a 60-minute time limit and are limited to two attempts per day. At Tax Collector offices, the first attempted knowledge exam is free, but subsequent tests are $10.00 per attempt. Many of the test questions are situational, meaning you must apply your driving knowledge to the questions. We strongly suggest studying the Florida driver handbooks, which are available online.

Hazardous Materials Endorsement – Testing and processing for a hazardous materials endorsement is only available at our Mid County office.

The federal USA PATRIOT Act requires Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders to pass a national background check administered by the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before their licenses may be endorsed for transport of hazardous materials. Your application and fingerprints will be submitted to the TSA to determine eligibility. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will not have status information until the TSA’s final assessment has been made. Click here for the specific requirements regarding a hazardous materials endorsement.

Click here for a list of third-party testers for the skills (driving) test.

Click here for more CDL information from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Locations

Pinellas County Tax Collector
All locations open M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

 
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