Commercial Driver FAQs in Oregon

What is a CDL in Oregon?

The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) requires a CDL for operation of vehicles weighing 26,001 lbs. or more, vehicles carrying 16 passengers or more including the driver, or vehicles used to transport hazardous materials.

Are there any exceptions for farm vehicles, police or other emergency personnel, or others?

The exceptions for an Oregon CDL are:

  • Recreational vehicles (RVs) operated only for personal use.
  • Certain farm vehicles when the driver is operating within a farm property.
  • Emergency fire vehicles operated by firefighters.
  • Emergency vehicles operated by emergency service workers.

How do I get a CDL in Oregon?

Drivers seeking a CDL in Oregon must meet several requirements, apply at DMV, pass written and driving tests, and pay for testing and CDL certificate fees.

Do I need a CDL instruction permit before applying for a CDL in Oregon?

Drivers may need practice or training for the Oregon CDL, and can obtain it with a CDL instruction permit. A learner's permit is not required for you to take the commercial drive test. However, the Oregon CDL instruction permit is required for you to take a CDL third party test.

Can I get an Oregon CDL if I have a CDL from another state?

A driver who is new to Oregon must obtain and study the Oregon Driver Manual, provide proof of identification and residence, pass the Class C non-commercial general knowledge test, pass a vision screening test, turn in your out-of-state CDL and pay the appropriate fees.

DMV may waive the drive tests if the same driving privileges are being granted in Oregon as in the previous state. To retain hazardous materials endorsement, drivers must pass a TSA criminal background check.

What if I've lost my Oregon CDL?

Replacements for Oregon CDLs that are lost, stolen or destroyed are available at regular and full-service DMVs for $26.50, provided the DMV has a photo on file or you present proper identification.

How long are Oregon CDLs valid?

8 years.

Can I get Oregon Driver Manuals on the Internet?

Yes, manuals, including the CDL Driver Manual are available online.

How much does it cost to get a CDL in Oregon?

Drivers who wish to obtain a CDL in Oregon must pay for the basic and other appropriate knowledge tests ($10 each), the driving test ($70), the Certificate of Test Completion ($40), and the license fee ($75.50 if you already have an Oregon driver's license). CDL renewals are $61.50 and replacements are $26.50. The test to remove the air brakes restriction is $56.

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