How to obtain a Commercial Driver License
I'm ready to get my Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
First, schedule a Oregon CDL Medical Evaluation to obtain your Medical Card. Typically, area Chiropractors will conduct the exams. You can usually find one by searching online in your local area. You will need to show this card at the time of permit issuance at the DMV.
Second, read the Oregon DMV Commercial Drivers Manual. Then contact the DMV to take the computer test for your Commercial Learner Permit (CLP). Tell them which class of CDL you are seeking, along with any endorsements you may want to add. When you receive your CLP, make sure the endorsements and/or restrictions (if any) are listed on it.
* Note - The DMV should NOT hole punch or confiscate your Oregon Drivers License (ODL) when you receive your CLP. You must keep your ODL with your CLP at all times until you pass your practical test and are issued your Commercial Drivers License at the DMV.
Third, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! The more time you have to practice the pre-trip, backing maneuvers and road driving, the more successful you'll be on your test. Read Chapters 11, 12 and 13 in your CDL Manual to help you prepare for the practical test.
ELDT - You must complete and be certified in the Theory, Practical Range and Practical Road portions of Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) before you can be scheduled for your drive test. For more information on training, please call us at (503) 421-3421.
You must have your CLP for a minimum of 14 days before you can do the practical test. Your CLP does not expire for one year. So take your time... and practice!
Last, obtain a truck/vehicle to take your test in, along with a licensed CDL driver to bring you to and from the test. Need a truck to rent? Let us know, we can often refer you to someone in your local area for a truck rental.
So you think you're ready to take the test?
Call HST Oregon at 503-421-3421or email us at Test@HstOregon.com and we'll get you set up with a test date and time.
CDL Air Brake Test Update
All air brake tests are required to be completed as an "Engine Off" test. Engine Running tests will no longer be conducted. Study your Engine Off criteria in your CDL Manual so you are prepared for the test.