Do You Have an Interest in Obtaining a CDL License?

A CDL or commercial driver’s license allows you to operate a passenger vehicle like a city bus or school bus (carrying more than 16 passengers), semi-trucks (double and triple trailers) and other commercial vehicles, including even some that transport hazardous materials such as liquids and gases.

You must be 18 years of age to apply for a CDL License.  Pennsylvania also requires that the applicant hold a valid state driver’s license and pass a visions test.

Documentation to Bring to the Motor Vehicle Office
You will need to provide your current driver’s license, social security number, medical examination certificate and fill out an application form.  The forms can be found online at your local motor vehicle branch or by visiting a branch in person.

Keep in mind that depending on the class of driver’s license and endorsements you are applying for, the fees and charges will vary, so be prepared by knowing the cost.  This information can be obtained by visiting a branch, checking out your local motor vehicle office’s website or calling the location.

Renewing a CDL License
Your CDL License will remain valid for a time period of 4 years and will expire the day after your birthdate.  If you are over the age of 65 and carry a current CDL license, you have the option of renewing every 2 years.  When your renewal date is approaching, you will receive via mail, a letter informing you of your up-coming renewal.  The letter will also provide you with the necessary instruction on how to do so.  You will be required to bring the same documentation as when you first applied including your current CDL License with endorsements to your local motor vehicle office. While there, your license will be checked against the National Drivers Registration and the Commercial Driver’s License Information System to make sure you have not been disqualified or you do not hold another state CDL license.  Depending on your endorsements, fingerprinting and background screening may be required.  Fees will apply to the renewal of the license and its endorsement cost will vary.

Once your renewal application has been processed, you will receive a camera card.  It usually arrives by mail within 7 to 10 business days.  You will need to take the camera card provided your identification documents, including social security card, to a qualified photo center.  Your photo will be taken and a CDL License will be issued.

If you need assistance with obtaining your CDL License or if you want to add endorsements to your current license, contact Smith & Solomon Training Solutions.  You can find information about CDL Licensing and training programs by visiting their website at Smithsolomon.com.

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