How do I apply for a TX CDL driver permit? Texas

A Texas CDL permit is necessary to help you get the behind-the-wheel practice you'll need to pass your CDL road skills drivers test. Even if you're very good at driving your personal car or truck, learning how to operate a commercial motor vehicle requires a whole different set of skills.

Once you pass your learners permit test, you can practice driving when accompanied in the front seat by a CDL driver with the proper class of commercial license.

CDL Learners Permit Eligibility

If you're thinking about getting a CDL learners permit, you must first determine if you're even eligible for a commercial drivers license.

To get an interstate license that allows you to drive from Texas into another state, you must be at least 21 years of age and be able to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English. To get an intrastate license that allows you drive within the state of Texas only, you must be 18 or older.

A medical exam is also required, although the guidelines are stricter for those who wish to receive a CDL class interstate license.

CDL Practice Tests

The best way to prepare to get a CDL drivers permit is to simply download a copy of the DPS handbook for commercial drivers on the TX DPS Web site.

This book explains all the laws surrounding commercial drivers licenses in great detail, as well as provides a step-by-step explanation of all the material covered on the CDL test need to get your permit. There are also lots of CDL practice test questions included in each chapter to help you become comfortable with the material.

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