Taking the steps to obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License is the progression toward becoming a professional driver. While most drivers out on the road are driving to get to work, for pleasure or personal need, a CDL identifies a driver as someone whose workplace is the road. These drivers must demonstrate they have the ability to be considered a professional in their field. For this reason, the process of obtaining a CDL must demand knowledge, skill and a physical acumen of a higher standard than the everyday driver.
In order to be able to practice driving a commercial vehicle, a CDL Instruction Permit is necessary. The applicant must apply for a CDL Instruction Permit through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the test can be administered at one of the Ohio BMV Licensing Offices throughout the state; this website will provide information for specific offices:
The applicant will be required to provide their current Driver’s License, a Department of Transportation Physical Examination Form, and their social security card. The cost for this permit is $25.50. To get started, it is recommended that applicants pick up the latest copy of the Ohio CDL Manual. This manual is available at Ohio BMV Licensing Offices or online at:
Many applicants also take advantage of online CDL practice tests to help them prepare for the permit test. eGears offers online CDL training featuring sample permit test questions and answers. Get more information on the eGears CDL permit practice test.
Although there are a variety of questions available to make up each test, the total number of questions in any exam is forty (40). Given the necessity of maintaining a high level of expertise among professional drivers, satisfactorily passing the test will require a score no lower than 80% or 32 correct answers.
The cost of a CDL Instruction Permit is $27 and it is valid for six months, with an option to renew it for a further six months. It is important to understand that it is compulsory to hold a CDL Instruction Permit to be eligible for a Commercial Driver’s License.
In addition to the written tests for the CDL permit, there are also required tests to get CDL endorsements. Learn more about these knowledge tests on the next page.