How do I apply for a NY CDL driver permit? New York

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Applying for Your CDL Drivers Permit

The first step you need to take to get your CDL learners permit is to obtain a CDL manual. You can grab a copy, for free, from any DMV location, or by downloading from the DMV's Web site.

Study sections 1-3 and 11 of this manual. It covers everything you need to know to pass the general knowledge learners permit test, including transporting cargo, vehicle inspections and space management. After studying, take a CDL practice test. You can find these online from any number of sites.

Once you've had enough CDL practice and think you're ready to pass the CDL test, visit any NY DMV office with the following:

  • Your NY drivers license.
  • Your Social Security card.
  • A completed Application for Driver License (Form MV-44).
  • Cash, check, money order of credit card to pay $10 test fee and a $12.50 document processing fee.

The drivers permit test features multiple choice questions based on Sections 1-3 and 11 of the CDL manual. You must answer 80% of the questions correctly to pass. If you fail, you can re-take the test on the same day, provided there's enough time. 

NOTE: Depending on your situation, you may have to take an additional test based on the CDL class of the vehicle you're attempting to drive.

If you pass, you're on way to becoming a CDL driver. Use the CDL permit to practice for the road test, your final step to obtaining a New York commercial license

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