Is it possible to transfer my CDL between states?

Federal law prohibits every CDL driver from having more than one commercial license. In fact, all states are connected to a database that is used to share information about CDL drivers and their driving records. You can be fined or jailed if the database reveals you have been driving with an improperly obtained license.

Transferring Your CDL to Another State

However, if you move from one state to another, it is relatively simple to transfer your CDL to your new state of residence. To do this:

  1. Visit your state's motor vehicle office that handles CDL transactions (typically the DMV) within the specified time period. Generally, you have between 30 and 90 days of establishing residency to handle commercial drivers license transactions. Call ahead to find out if an appointment is necessary.
  2. Provide proof of your identity, residency, and Social Security number. Proof of insurance may be required in some states if you own your own commercial motor vehicle.
  3. Pass a vision exam.
  4. Surrender your valid out-of-state license.
  5. Pay your state's required fees.

You will not need to take a written test or driving test if your CDL is currently valid. If you allowed your license to expire, however, either or both portions of the CDL test may be required.

TIP: If you find out you need to test, refresh your skills with a CDL practice test. Taking practice exams is a great way to prepare for the knowledge test, but they can also help prepare you for the road test.

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