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UPDATE: All DC DMV locations will be closed Thursday, November 23, 2017 AND Friday, November 24, 2017 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. All scheduled ticket hearings on Nov. 24 will be rescheduled and customers will be notified by mail. Also, customers with scheduled inspection appointments on Nov. 24  will receive an email with rescheduling instructions. Normal business hours will resume Saturday, November 25.

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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. Information on CMV groups and the corresponding CDL class and endorsements is available at the link below:

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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