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April 19, 2021 DC DMV Service Update: All Service Centers, Adjudication, and Deanwood CDL remain by appointment only.
Effective June 1, 2021, RPP fees will increase.

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CDL Learner Permits

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 (1) year and are non-renewable. Any existing CDL learner permit holders who are eligible (30 days prior to expiration) for renewal, will be allowed to renew for 180 calendar days without retesting. 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, N - Tank and P - Passenger.

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