CDL Training in Wisconsin

Wisconsin CDL TrainingThe following section includes valuable information for potential applicants who are interested in beginning CDL training in Wisconsin.

  • It is strongly recommended that you study the CDL manual before taking any tests. All CDL applicants will be required to take and successfully pass a general knowledge test.
  • You must provide a valid Wisconsin drivers license at the time of testing.
  • If you are applying for a hazardous materials endorsement you must also provide your Social Security card and proof of citizenship or your legal status in the US.
  • There is no appointment necessary for taking a knowledge test, and all knowledge tests are free. Check the closing time of the DMV service center and be sure you have allowed yourself enough time to complete your test before closing. The CDL knowledge test generally takes one to one and a half hours to complete.
  • In order to receive a passing grade on the knowledge test, you must have 80% or more correct answers.

  • You will need to complete an MV3001 application form in order to obtain your commercial driver’s license instructional permit (CDLI).
  • You will be expected to pay the required fees. Be aware that additional fees are necessary for the background check and fingerprinting required for the hazardous materials endorsement.
  • Your CDL I is valid for six months and may be renewed.
  • You can use your CDL I to enable you to practice driving as long as you are with a qualified instructor or a CDL driver who has a valid license at or above the level of your permit.
  • When you are ready, you will schedule a skills test with an approved third-party tester.

For additional information or if you have further questions about CDL training in Wisconsin, you can contact the Wisconsin Department of Transportation via e-mail at or by phone at (608) 264-7049.

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