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CDL Learner Permits

Important CDL Updates

Entry-Level Driver Training Requirement (February 7, 2022)

Beginning February 7, 2022, entry-level drivers will be subject to the requirements in the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations. This includes drivers applying to:

  • Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;
  • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
  • Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

The ELDT regulations establish a Federal standard for training CDL applicants. Applicants must successfully complete this training before they will be permitted to take the CDL skills test or, in the case of the H endorsement, the knowledge test. Drivers will search for a training provider using the upcoming Training Provider Registry. For more information, please visit the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) webpage.

Human Trafficking Awareness Training Requirement (July 12, 2021)

Effective July 12, 2021 District law (DCMR Title 18, Section 1303) will require all new drivers seeking a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) and those looking to convert an out-of-state Commercial Driver License (CDL), to complete mandatory Human Trafficking Awareness training before being issued a CLP or converting an out-of-state CDL.

The training involves watching a brief educational film and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The required training can be completed online, and a printed certificate of completion will be issued upon successful completion of the online training.

To get a DC DMV CDL learner permit, bring all the documentation that proves you are eligible to the DC DMV Deanwood Commercial Driver License Center, take the applicable knowledge tests, and pay the appropriate fees.

Information on eligibility and documentation is available at the link below:

Information on the knowledge tests is available at the link below:

Information on DC DMV fees is available at the link below:

Information on the Deanwood Center is available at the link below:

When you pass your knowledge tests, you will receive a 45-day temporary paper learner permit, and your permanent learner permit will be mailed to your address of record. Your DC DMV CDL learner permit authorizes you to operate a designated class of vehicles if accompanied by a driver licensed to operate such vehicles. Effective February 26, 2019, any new CDL learner permits issued will be valid for one year and are non-renewable.

Once your CDL Learner Permit expires, you must retest to get it again. DC DMV CDL learner permits may only have the following endorsements (with additional restrictions): S - School Bus and P - Passenger.

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