How do I apply for a CDL endorsement in Texas? Texas

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If you're interested in becoming a commercial driver, it's important to understand that a standard Class A, B, or C CDL does not give you unlimited driving privileges. Depending upon what type of driving job you are interested in, you may need to have a CDL endorsement added to your license.

Available endorsements for a Texas CDL driver include:

  • T: Double and triple trailer
  • P: Passenger
  • N: Tank vehicle
  • H: Hazardous materials
  • X: Combination of N and H
  • S: School bus

Each endorsement requires the completion of a written knowledge part of the CDL test, in addition to all of the standard requirements for the CDL class you wish to receive. The CDL handbook published by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) contains detailed information about each endorsement type. There are also CDL practice test questions covering the types of material that will be on the test to receive each commercial license endorsement.

The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA Patriot) Act is a federal law that was passed in 2001 to restrict the issuing of hazardous materials endorsements. If you wish to receive this type of endorsement on your CDL, you will need to be able to pass a background check to determine that you are not a security risk.

TX CDL Fees

The basic fee for a Texas CDL is $60 for a six-year license. There is an additional $10 charge to add an endorsement to your commercial license.

If you do not pass the knowledge or skills tests needed to obtain your desired CDL and endorsements on the first try, your application will be held for 90 days. After the 90-day period has passed, the application will be destroyed and you will need to retake the required tests and pay all additional fees once more. Be sure to get some CDL practice and retake the test(s) before that happens.

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