How do I apply for a CDL endorsement in California? California
Obtaining a Commercial License Endorsement
A CDL endorsement is like a specialized license to drive a specific type of vehicle within a class. For example, if you have a California Class C commercial license and you wish to get a job as a school bus driver, then you will need to learn how to drive a school bus, pass exams regarding the traffic and safety laws related to driving a school bus, and get a “S” endorsement on your license.
You may either apply for an endorsement at the time you apply to become a CDL driver, or you may decide later to add an endorsement to your license.
All endorsements require a specific written CDL exam. Two require additional skills testing, where you’ll have to drive the vehicle.
The following endorsement require a knowledge test only:
- H: Vehicles transporting hazardous materials or wastes
- X: Tank vehicles transporting hazardous materials or wastes
- N: Tank vehicles (this includes cement trucks)
- T: Double trailer combination
These endorsements require both a knowledge test and a skills test:
- P: Passenger transport vehicles
- S: School bus
(Generally, only the CDL class C gets a P or S endorsement.)
The written exams can be taken at any CA DMV. The skills testing must be taken at a commercial driving DMV center; check the Web site for a complete list.
There is a $34 fee to add an endorsement without a driving test, and another $30 for the driving skills or driving skills retest.
CDL Practice Test
Study the commercial drivers handbook and the endorsement section you want to pass. Then take a few CDL practice written tests to see how well you know your laws.
California has short practice exams in their CDL handbook, or you can purchase a longer test from a drivers ed Web site. These Web site tests are drawn from the same material as the official tests and, at a relatively low cost, can save you a great deal of time and effort later by giving you an idea of how you'll do on the real CDL test.
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