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Commercial Driver License

For commercial motor vehicle drivers, the most important safety feature is YOU – the driver! Each time you turn the key, you are responsible for your own safety, as well as the safety of all the people who share the road with you.

Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than that required to drive a non-commercial vehicle. In order to obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL), an applicant must pass both skills and knowledge testing geared to these higher standards. Additionally, CDL holders are held to a higher standard when operating ANY type of motor vehicle on public roads.

DC DMV issues a federally-compliant REAL ID Commercial Driver License. Applicants are required to provide proof of identity (full legal name and date of birth), social security number, lawful presence in the United States, two proofs of current residency in the District of Columbia, and completed DOT Medical Examiner’s Certification.

Getting a CDL involves several steps. There are medical, residency, and good driving history requirements in addition to knowledge and skills test requirements.  To make sure that you are eligible, your driving record is checked for the last 10 years in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

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