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. CDL holders are held to a higher standard when they operate any type of motor vehicle on public roads.
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, you must take Entry-Level Driver Training by a FMCSA approved training provider for first time Class A and Class B CDL holders; CDL upgrades to Class B and A; and Endorsements S, P and H.
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.
- Take Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) by an approved FMCSA training provider, if required.
- Pass the CDL road skills test.
More information on each of the steps and requirements is available at the links below: