Commercial Driver Education in Connecticut

Connecticut has no special education requirements to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). If you meet the basic federal requirements―age and physical―and can pass the written and road tests, you can obtain a CDL without meeting any other criteria. That doesn't mean you shouldn't invest in education, especially before attempting the written and road exams.

Education is Needed, if not Required

If you want a CDL, you're going to have to meet some tough federal and state requirements. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires you to take and pass an exam. To prepare for the exam, you should study the Connecticut Commercial Vehicle Operator's Manual.

Passing the written exam gets you partway to obtaining a CDL. But you're still going to need to pass a road test to get the full CDL, not including any endorsements. The road test requires that you drive a vehicle with the classification you are looking to obtain.

Most applicants for the CDL will complete a truck driving course with plenty of practice time behind the wheel before attempting the CDL road test. Some companies offer these schools in-house or pay for their employees to attend a commercial school. If you're planning to pay for one yourself, be prepared. These schools are not cheap. But if you want to become a legal truck driver, it's almost essential.

Federal Minimum Requirements

You will not be eligible for a CDL in any state if one of the following is true:

  • You already have a license from another state. It is illegal to hold more than one license.
  • Your license is under suspension, revocation, or cancellation in any state, including Connecticut.
  • You are disqualified in any state for reasons including alcohol citations or serious traffic violations.

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