Do I have to provide a commercial vehicle for the driving portion of my CDL test?

That depends on your state.

Some states do have vehicles available for drivers, but most require that you provide your own vehicle for the road test. If you want to get an endorsement to transport hazardous materials or haul passengers, keep in mind the vehicle must be appropriate for this type of driving test. Because you are unlikely to have your own personal commercial motor vehicle, this can be a bit of problem.

Obtaining Commercial Vehicles for Driving Tests

In order to obtain a CDL Class A, Class B, or Class C license, all applicants must be able to pass both a written exam and a driving test; however, for some CDL driver applicants, taking the driving test means providing a commercial vehicle, too.

Options for getting a vehicle for your CDL driving test include:

  • If you are getting your CDL for employment with a specific company, have your employer provide the vehicle for the test.
  • Contact your commercial driver training program. Many schools have vehicles available for students to use to take their commercial license tests.
  • Rent a vehicle from a private company in order to take the test. If you decide to use this option, try to find a company that will allow you one free retest so you don't have to pay a second rental fee if you fail your driving test on the first try.

If you have questions about any part of the CDL test, including where you can obtain a CDL practice test, whether you must provide your own vehicle, and if it's necessary to make an appointment, contact your local DMV office.

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