Commercial Driver's License

A Commercial Driver's License may be issued, with the following classifications, endorsements, and restrictions; the holder of a valid commercial driver's license may drive all vehicles in the class for which that license is issued, all lesser classes of vehicles, and vehicles which require an endorsement, if the proper endorsement appears on the license



CDL Classes
A Any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
B Any single vehicle with the gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
C Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 26,001 pounds or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross weight not in excess of 10,000 pounds comprising: a.)Vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver; and b.) Vehicles used in the transportation of hazardous materials which the vehicle is to be placards under 49 CFR, Part 172, sub-part F. (Class C must have either passenger or hazardous material endorsement or both.)
D Non Commercial Vehicles for Hire
 
CDL Endorsements
F Motorcycle
H Hazardous Materials (Retest Required at Renewal & Transfer)
N Tank
P Passenger (Road Skills Test Required)
S School Bus
T Doubles and Triples
X Hazardous Materials and Tank
 
CDL Restrictions
E  No Manual Transmission (CMV Only)
K Intrastate Driving - Driving in WV Only
(Under 21 Driver or Medical Waiver)
L      Restricts the Driver to Vehicles Not Equipped with Air Brakes
M Restricts Driver to Class B & C Buses Only
N Restricts Driver to buses 26,000 pounds and Under (Class C Buses)
O No Tractor Trailer CMV
No Passengers in CMV bus
V Medical Variance
X No Cargo in CMV Tank Vehicle
Z No Full Air Equipped CMV
The DMV is authorized to impose license restrictions to assure the safe operation of motor vehicles.

Commercial Driver's Instruction Permit

A commercial driver's instruction permit (CDL instruction permit) may be issued to an individual who holds a valid operator's or class D license who has passed the vision and/or physical standards, and knowledge tests required for issuance of a CDL.

The CDL instruction permit may not be issued for a period to exceed 6 months. Only 1 renewal on re-issuance may be granted within a 2 year period from issue date. In the event the applicant has been issued 2 CDL instruction permits, before the applicant may obtain an additional CDL instruction permit he/she must reapply and re-test on all parts of the knowledge exam.

The holder of a CDL instruction permit may drive a commercial motor vehicle on the highway only when accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver's license valid for the type of vehicle who occupies a seat beside the individual for the purpose of giving instruction or testing. The permit must be valid for the type of vehicle being driven also.

A CDL instruction permit may only be issued to an individual who is at least 18 years of age and has held an operator or junior operator license for at least 2 years.

Upon completion of all tests, the person will receive a CDL instruction permit.  When operating a commercial vehicle you must have your CDL instruction permit and regular operator's license.

Age & Fitness Requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age and have at least 2 years driving experience to qualify for a CDL or CDL instruction permit. Federal Motor Carrier Rules requires that drivers subject to those rules meet specific physical qualification standards and carry evidence of such qualification in the form of a medial certificate.

All drivers are subject to having the long physical form except for city, county, state, and federal employees, which would require an eye examination on the DLAB-II eye exam form. You must provide written verification of employment with the city, county, state or federal governments with the DLAB-II and CDL application.

If you cannot be medically certified, you may be eligible for a medical waiver.

If you wish to be able to operate a commercial motor vehicle interstate (all 50 states) you must apply and be granted a waiver from the Federal Highway Administration. Contact (304) 347-5935 for further information.

If you wish to operate a commercial motor vehicle in WV only, please call (304) 926-3801 for information on obtaining a medical waiver.

CDL Licensing Procedures & Requirements

Applications and study manuals are available at any DMV Exam Centers, Regional Office, or on the Forms or Manuals pages of this website.

The CDL Manual (updated 7/2011) is available for download here.

For FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL assistance with reading, call 1-866-262-5348

How To Apply for a CDL

  1. Visit the Licensing page HERE to see all required documentation for all first time, duplicate, and renewal license applicants.
  2. Complete in full, front and back, of the Application for Commercial Driver's License and/or Endorsements (CDL-1).
  3. Submit a copy of your current DOT Medical/physical certification (Longform Physical) or DLAB-II (government employees only).
  4. Pay Applicable Fees: CDL testing fee is $25.00 + driver's licensing fees. The CDL testing fee allows testing for general knowledge, air brakes and combination. Commercial Driver's Licenses fees are non-refundable.  Endorsement fees are $10.00 each at the time of application.
  5. Submit the application, a copy of your current DOT Medical/physical certification (Longform Physical) or DLAB-II and required fees to DMV, PO Box 17010, Charleston WV 25317

    Or these can be brought into the Driver Services window at 5707 MacCorkle Ave, SE in Kanawha City (Charleston) WV outside the Kanawha City Regional Office.
  6. Upon receipt of the application and fees, a test card will be mailed to the applicant which will include the regional CDL testing sites.
  7. Once all tests are successfully completed a CDL instruction permit will be issued. The permit will be for a period of 6 months and can only be renewed one time. When the applicant is ready to take the road skills test, they should contact one of the third party examiners (names and telephone numbers in front of the CDL manual) to schedule an appointment. Most skills tests are given on weekends and evenings. The cost of the skills test is $90.00 which should be paid to the Third Party Examiner at the time of the test. The applicant must provide the vehicle in which the test will be given. The vehicle must be representative of the class of license for which the applicant is testing.
  8. Upon completion of the skills test, the applicant should submit the passed form to one of the DMV offices or the Driver Exam Center for processing. The applicant will receive a CDL license at this time.

Changing a Class of License

  1. Complete in full, front and back, of the Application for Commercial Driver's License and/or Endorsements (CDL-1).
  2. You must have previously taken all required tests.
  3. Indicate in the transaction area that you are applying for a license update. The fees required for upgrading your license is $5.00.
  4. Upon receipt, the Division will then issue a CDL instruction permit. A skills test is required to upgrade from one class to another.
  5. If combination or air brakes tests are needed, you must complete these tests before you can take the road skills test.

Adding An Endorsement

Complete in full, front and back, of the Application for Commercial Driver's License and/or Endorsements (CDL-1) and pay appropriate fees:

  1. Required fees are $10.00 for each endorsement and $5.00 for the duplicate license.

    (For one endorsement the fee would be $15.00. For two endorsements the fee would be $25.00. etc.)
  2. To add air brakes or combination after you have been issued your commercial driver's license, which will require a road skills test, the fee is:

          Air Brakes/Combination $25.00

      +  Duplicate Fee $5.00

      = Total Fee would be $30.00
  3. When a person already has a CDL license in the system and they are only updating or adding a passenger endorsement and must take the road skills test, when the CDL is updated, it is done as an AP-U@. We are only updating the system, not changing the expiration date.

CDL Renewals

Once you have received your renewal notice form a DMV you should visit the DMV office to start the renewal process. You must bring the required documents to renew your CDL. For information on Documents required to renew, click here.

If you currently are employed by a city, county, state, or federal government, and your job requires a valid CDL, you are exempt from the DOT physical requirements; however, you must provide a letter from your employer stating you are currently employed and exempt from the DOT physical requirements. If you did not receive a renewal notice in the mail, then you must complete a CDL-1 application at the Regional office, plus pay an additional fee of $5.00 for an expired license. If your license has been expired for more than 6 months you must take several tests to re-obtain a driver's license.

To retain a Hazardous Material Endorsement, you must first complete a fingerprint, and background check from the TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. You should contact Integrated Biometrics Technologies (IBT) Help Desk at 1-877-429-7746, or visit their website at www.hazprints.com to pay the $89.25 fee to start the fingerprint/background check process. All fees are non-refundable. After contacting (IBT) you must call one of the locations that provide fingerprinting to schedule an appointment. The locations are listed on their website. When visiting the IBT office you must bring your driver's license, and social security card. Once you have received your approval letter in the mail from TSA stating you have passed the background check then you can return to the DMV office to test for HAZMAT and renew your CDL. Please bring your approval letter from TSA when you renew. If you do not wish to maintain your HAZMAT endorsement you can go directly to a DMV office to renew your license.

A HAZMAT endorsement holder renewing their CDL will receive 3 attempts to test and pass the HAZMAT endorsement on a valid no expired license. If your CDL license is expired then you must obtain a HAZMAT test card from the CDL office in Charleston before you can test for HAZMAT.

CDL Transfers

To drive a commercial vehicle in West Virginia, you must apply to transfer your CDL within 30 days of establishing residence. The DMV will obtain driving information through the Commercial Driver's license System (CDLIS), the National Driver Register (NDR) and from each state in which you have been licensed to drive. You must surrender your out-of-state driver's license in order to be issued a WV CDL.

You must bring the following documents to be issued a WV CDL:

  1. Visit the New Licensing Requirements page for details on new required documentation.
  2. Valid DOT long form physical-If you work for a city, county, state or federal government and your job requires a CDL, then you are exempt from the DOT physical requirement. You must submit a letter from your employer indicating your exempt status.
  3. Your out-of –state license or a certified driving record.

If you have a HAZMAT endorsement on your out-of-state license then you must pass the TSA background check first before you can transfer. You should contact Integrated Biometrics Technologies (IBT) Help Desk at 1-877-429-7746, or visit their website at www.hazprints.com to pay the $89.25 fee to start the fingerprint/background check process. All fees are non-refundable. After contacting (IBT) you must contact one of the locations that provide fingerprinting to schedule an appointment. The locations are listed on the TSA website www.hazsprints.com. When visiting the IBT office you must bring your driver's license, and social security card. Once you have received your approval letter in the mail from TSA stating you have passed the background check you can then return to the DMV office test for HAZMAT and transfer your out-of-state CDL. Please bring your letter of approval from TSA when you transfer. If you do not wish to maintain your HAZMAT endorsement you can go directly to a DMV office to transfer your license.

Examinations and Tests

Knowledge Exam

The knowledge test, written or oral, must be taken and passed, with at least an 80% score by all applicants. You must test for the endorsements listed on the test card at the time as when you test for general knowledge. At a later date you can get a test card for other endorsements. If you fail any portion of the knowledge examination, you must wait 7 days before you may retest. You may test 3 times on the original fees paid.

Hazardous Materials Testing

Hazardous Materials testing must be written.

Skills Test

The skills tests are administered by certified third party examiners trained. The road skills test will not be given until you have passed all other parts of the examination and have in your possession a commercial driver's license instruction permit for the type of vehicle for which you are testing. Each section of the skills test (pre-trip, basic control and road test) must be passed.

The examiner cannot give the skills test unless your vehicle is in safe condition and legally equipped. Your vehicle must first be checked to make sure it complies with registration, vehicle inspection and equipment laws.

Expired CDLs

Any person applying to renew a CDL which has been expired for 6 months or more must follow the procedures for an initial issuance of a CDL license, including the knowledge and skills testing.

If not expired over 6 months, the person can renew and pay an additional $5.00.

Voluntarily Surrendered CDLs

When a person wishes to voluntarily surrender his/her CDL license, he/she must complete a voluntarily surrendered letter. By signing this letter, the applicant knows he/she will have to start all over with knowledge and skills testing before receiving a CDL license again.

 

Region I

Thomas Bell (McDowell Co.) (304) 888-1546 Cell
(304) 436-6976 Home
Jason Blevins (Mercer Co.)  (304) 673-7556 Cell
(304) 960-1655 Home

Anthony J. Colombo, Jr.
(Harrison Co.)

(304) 677-8887 Cell
(304) 473-5381 Work

Arthur E. Lightner
(Marshall Co. & Ohio Co.)

(304) 639-1866 Home
(304) 671-8136 Work

Edward G. Rollins, Jr.
(Harrison Co.)

 (304) 842-8984 Home
(304) 669-2081 Cell

Daniel E. Taylor
(Wood Co.)

(304) 863-8806 Home
(304) 420-4659 Work
(304) 494-2222 Cell

Robert Twigg
(Harrison Co.)

(304) 842-2777 Home
(304) 641-6051 Cell

 

Region II

George Colegrove
(Cabell Co.)

(304) 743-6691 Home
(304) 528-5607 Work
(304) 544-1550 Cell

Charles Crouse, Jr (Harrison Co.) (304) 641-0961 Cell
(304) 457-4964 Home
Roseanna Finney (Brooke Co. & Hancock Co.)
(304) 650-0766 Cell
Gary L. Lusher
(Cabell Co.)
 (304) 654-5319 Cell

Dennis Moles, Jr.
(Kanawha Co., Raleigh Co., Boone Co., Putnam Co., Braxton Co., Nicholas Co. & Jackson Co.)

(304) 205-4639 Home
(304) 553-6114 Cell

Harold Moles
(Kanawha Co., Raleigh Co., Boone Co., Putnam Co., Braxton Co. & Jackson Co.)

(304) 982-5421 Home
(304) 421-3447 Cell

Billy Nance
(Mason Co., Kanawha Co. & Cabell Co.)

(304) 576-2004 Home
(304) 638-2509 Cell

Ryan Powers (Putnam Co., Kanawha Co.)

(304) 205-3944 Cell
(304) 561-6378 Home

Bob Richard
(Kanawha Co.)

(304) 373-7220 Home
(304) 372-5432 Cell

Gerald C. Smith
(Kanawha Co.)

(304) 345-2595 Home
(304) 550-6346 Cell

 

Region III

 Tim Myers
(Randolph Co., Tucker Co., Barbour Co.
& Upshur Co.)
(304) 478-4420 Home
(304) 642-4424 Cell

Janet Nesselerodt
(Berkeley Co., Jefferson Co., & Morgan Co.)

(304) 279-5578 Cell

Robert Pritts
(Grant Co., Hardy Co., Hampshire Co., & Mineral Co.)

(304) 788-0037 Home
(304) 289-2256 Work
(304) 790-3417 Cell

Bill Shoop
(Berkeley Co., Hampshire Co., Hardy Co., & Morgan Co.)

(304) 813-8887 Home

Robert Smith
(Lewis Co.)

(304) 269-4452 Home

 

Region IV

  Joe Bowman
 (Raleigh Co. & Fayette Co.)
(304) 763-7776 
(304) 237-8270 Cell
 Fred William Hart
 (Raleigh Co. & Fayette Co.)
(304) 640-1230 Home

Steven V. McCoy 
(Greenbrier Co. & Monroe Co.)

(304) 653-4503 Home
(304) 647-7550 Work

(304) 646-1623 Cell

 Randall L. Thomas
(Greenbier Co. & Summers Co.)
(304) 497-3741 Home

(304) 536-7827 Work
(304) 667-4704 Cell

Gary Tincher
(Mercer Co.)

(304) 384-3536 Home

  

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