What are the age requirements to be a CDL driver in Pennsylvania? Illinois

Pennsylvania CDL Age Requirements

To become a Pennsylvania CDL driver you must be at least 18 years old.

Still, there are restrictions. Until you turn 21 you can only operate as an intrastate driver. This means you cannot cross Pennsylvania's state line into other states while driving a commercial vehicle. You also face limitations regarding CDL class. You cannot add a hazardous materials endorsement to your PA commercial license until you reach 21.

Additional CDL Requirements in PA


To obtain a CDL, regardless if you younger or older than 21, you must first hold a CDL permit. This requires passing a CDL test. All of the questions are based on information found in the state's CDL manual, your number one study source. You can grab a copy, for free, from any PennDOT location, or you can save gas and time by downloading it from PennDOT's website. 

After studying the manual, next you'll want to take a CDL practice test. You can find these online from a wealth of independent websites. Take as many CDL practice tests as needed until you feel certain of passing the actual CDL test.

If you ace the test, and meet all PA CDL requirements, which include passing a vision test and a physical, you will receive a CDL permit. This is your first step toward obtaining a Pennsylvania commercial license.

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