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June 22, 2021 DC DMV Service Update: DC DMV to Resume Walk-in Service Beginning Week of July 19.

DMV Online Services and Mobile App will be unavailable during a system update on Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 3-11 am for maintenance.

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Commercial Driver License

DC DMV offers a commercial driver license (CDL) to professional drivers who reside in the District. The DC DMV CDL is a credential that complies with federal identification guidelines and can be used as a federal-level ID. It is valid for 8 years and can be renewed.

Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than driving a car or other non-commercial vehicle. To get a DC DMV CDL, you must pass both skills and knowledge testing geared to these higher standards. Additionally, as a DC DMV CDL holder, you will be held to a higher standard when you operate ANY type of motor vehicle on public roads.

DC DMV groups types of CMVs and provides a DC DMV CDL for these classes of CMV with additional endorsements and restrictions for specific types of vehicles.

To get a DC DMV CDL, you must:

  • Have a valid non-commercial driver license (NCDL)
  • Meet identity, residency, and good driving history eligibility qualifications
  • Take the applicable CDL knowledge tests
  • Get a CDL learner permit
  • Pass the CDL road skills test

More information on each of the steps and requirements is available at the links below:

CDL Eligibility and Documentation

CDL Knowledge Tests

CDL Learner Permits

CDL Road Skills Tests

CMV Group and CDL Class and Endorsements

Renew a CDL

Convert a CDL from Another State

Replace a CDL

Obtain an Intrastate CDL

CDL Road Skills Test Waiver for Military Personnel

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