CDL Training in North Dakota

North Dakota CDL TrainingBefore you begin CDL training in North Dakota, please review the following requirements.

  • You will need to bring several documents with you when you go to the North Dakota DOT office. This includes your current drivers license, a DOT physical examination form, and your Social Security card. If your name is but legally changed, you also need to bring the original name change documents.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to carry a CDL in North Dakota. This license will only be valid in North Dakota.
  • If you want to transport cargo across state lines you must be at least 21 years old.
  • You will be required to pass a physical exam every two years. You must display good hearing, 20/40 vision, with or without corrective lenses, and a 70-degree field of vision in both eyes. CDL drivers must not be colorblind.

  • Depending on the class of license you wish to obtain and the endorsements you require, you will be asked to take one or more knowledge tests.
  • All CDL applicants are required to take and successfully pass the general knowledge test. Additional tests can include Passenger Transport, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Hazardous Materials, Tankers, and Doubles or Triples.
  • When you have passed the appropriate knowledge tests, you will be eligible to take the CDL skills tests.

You will be tested in three areas of general skills; pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on road driving. The skills tests must be performed in the same type of vehicle for which you wish to be licensed.

For other questions or additional information, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at (701) 328-2600.

Their website can be found at the following URL:

The commercial drivers license manual can be downloaded by clicking the following link:

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