AUSTIN – Summer is one of the busiest times at driver license offices statewide, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all customers seeking a Commercial Driver License (CDL) to begin the process as early as possible. This is particularly important for those seeking employment at school districts to allow them time to obtain a CDL before the school year begins.
CDL customers can obtain their Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) and take their written test at any of the more than 200 driver license offices statewide. A CDL customer must hold the CLP for at least 14 days before they can take their skills test. Because skills tests can only be taken at certain offices, appointments fill up fast during the summer.
Though a driver needs a wide breadth of knowledge to be successful in driving a commercial vehicle, the information included in the test itself is limited to the material contained in the CDL Handbook. Therefore, CDL applicants are encouraged to carefully study the CDL Handbook and review the three-step process for tests: pre-trip vehicle inspection, basic vehicle control and on-road driving. DPS has also created a series of videos to help CDL applicants prepare for the vehicle inspection portion of the test.
Any applicant seeking CDL training is encouraged to review the Texas Workforce Commission website to find a training program in their area.
Customers with general questions about obtaining their CDL can reach the department by emailing Texas CDL. Customers with questions about the CDL Third-Party Testing Program can send their questions to CDL TPST Program.
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