Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL)


Please note:

Federal hazardous material requirements have been extended by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Individuals with a hazardous materials endorsement (HME) that expired March 1, 2020 or later have additional time to be fingerprinted to complete the background check required for TSA's security threat assessment. Individuals whose HME expired prior to March 1, 2020 are not granted additional time to meet TSA requirements. For more information, please visit the Federal Register.

All licenses, including CDLs, with an expiration date of March 1, 2020 or later will be extended during the state of emergency.

DMV will temporarily stop the process of downgrading CDLs due to expiring Medical Certifications until further notice.  The downgrade process will resume after the state of emergency is lifted and normal processing may occur.

DMV and TSA continue to process hazardous material endorsement (HME) applications.  Every effort is being made to maintain normal processing, but please understand that delays may occur.


Important information for stretch limo drivers  

Per New York State Law, as of February 3, 2021, drivers of stretch limos (vehicles altered to carry 9 or more passengers including the driver) are required to have, at a minimum, CDL class C license with a P endorsement, allowing them to carry passengers.



Get a CDL for the first time

A commercial driver license is required to operate large or heavy vehicles. This includes, but is not limited to, dump trucks, tractor trailers, buses, and stretch limos.


If you already have a CDL

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Medical certification

Federal regulations require that every commercial driver certify to the type of commercial driving they perform. 


Endorsements, restrictions and waivers


Motor Carriers




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