Find information on CDL Classes, Endorsements, steps on getting a CDL, study materials, cost, and steps to renewing a CDL.
Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more,
provided the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that meets neither the definition of Group A nor Group B,
but is designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver or is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous which require the motor vehicle to be placarded. This includes any quantity of chemical or biological material or agent posing a threat to national security, including toxins
Required to operate a commercial vehicle towing two or three trailers.(Requires a knowledge test.)
Required to operate a commercial motor vehicle transporting hazardous material that requires a placarding by federal regulation or any quantity of material listed as a select agent or toxin according to 42 CFR part 73. (Federal Background check and knowledge test required each time an H endorsement is added or renewed.)
Required to operate a passenger bus designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver. (Requires knowledge and road test in a representative vehicle.)
If you road test in a bus over 26,000 GVWR (but not a tractor-bus trailer combination), you will be restricted to "No Class A Passenger Bus".
A road test in a Class A Bus is required to obtain a valid license to operate one tractor-bus trailer combination vehicle.
Required to operate a school bus designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, and is used to transport pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school related events.
School bus does not include a bus used as a common carrier.
(Requires knowledge and road test in representative school bus equipped with flashing red lights for loading/unloading school children.)
If you road test in a school bus under 26,001 GVWR, you will be restricted to "No Class A or B Passenger Bus".
Required to operate a commercial vehicle used to haul liquids or gaseous materials within one or more tanks having an individual rated capacity of more than 119 gallons and an aggregate rated capacity of 1,000 or more gallons. (Required knowledge test.)
North Dakota does not classify Airbrakes as an endorsement,
but will restrict the CDL to “No Airbrake Equipped CMV” or “No Full Airbrake Equipped CMV”.
To avoid the restriction, the driver must have successfully passed both a knowledge and road test in a vehicle equipped with either a full or partial airbrake system.
In order to obtain a CDL, you must:
ND Drivers License Sites have copies of the Commercial Drivers License Guide with locations, days/hours of operation, and phone numbers.
Section 1-2 of the manual contains a chart indicating which sections of the manual you will need to study for the type of commercial vehicle you plan to drive.
|Knowledge Test||$5 per attempt (One attempt allowed per day)|
|Commercial Learner Permit||$15 ($20 for non-domiciled)|
Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations require all Commercial Driver License (CDL) drivers to present proof of citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or legal presence (temporary status) AND proof of North Dakota residence address (place of domicile).
When you come in to renew your license you will need to show the Driver License Examiner at least ONE of the Proof of Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residence, or Legal Presence documents listed below, your North Dakota CDL license, and at least ONE of the Proof of North Dakota Residence Address (place of domicile) documents listed below.
Proof of Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residence, or Legal Presence in the United States - Only these documents are deemed acceptable.
Note: No photocopies. No hospital certificates. All documents must be original or certified copies only.
Proof of North Dakota Residence Address (place of domicile). All documents must contain your name and physical residence address. Post Office boxes are NOT acceptable for residence address. You must present your North Dakota CDL license and one of the documents listed below:
Note: You may present the original paper copy or a virtual image from your smartphone.