Apply for a Commercial Driver License (CDL)
Drivers who currently hold a valid New Hampshire operators license and wish to add commercial classifications, may appear at any DMV office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to begin testing and must bring:
Every applicant is required to pass a vision test and the CDL General Knowledge Test. Additional knowledge tests are required based on the desired Classifications and Endorsements. Drivers should thoroughly review the Commercial Driver License Manual before applying for a CDL.
Once the required knowledge tests have been passed, the applicant will be scheduled for a Road Skills Test based on the desired class and endorsements.
Drivers who have a valid New Hampshire CDL license and who wish to add additional endorsements must pass a vision test and the appropriate knowledge test for the endorsement. Applicants may go to any DMV office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with:
Once the required knowledge tests have been passed, the applicant will be scheduled for the appropriate road skills test if applicable. Drivers applying for a hazmat endorsement must receive a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) Fingerprint Clearance before applying.
Written tests are generally not required to transfer a valid out-of-state CDL to a New Hampshire CDL with the same class and endorsements except in the case of Hazmat endorsements. Drivers transferring a Hazmat endorsement must be fingerprinted prior to coming to the DMV and take the Hazmat knowledge test.
To renew a New Hampshire Commercial Driver License, appear in person at any DMV office with:
All applicants for CDL renewal must pass the vision test, and based on their endorsements, there may be the following additional requirements:
Eligible veterans who are trained in the operation of heavy vehicles can apply for a waiver of the CDL road test and obtain a New Hampshire CDL by passing the written exam. To be eligible for the road test waiver, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Applicants must not have any alcohol-related or major driving offenses during the previous two years on both civilian and military licenses. The Division of Motor Vehicles reserves the right to disqualify applicants based on information obtained during the application process.
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