Endorsement and restriction changes

Per federal mandates, DMV has made changes to commercial endorsements and restrictions for commercial learner permit (CLP) and driver license (CDL) holders.

New CDL restrictions defined below by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may affect CLP holders when taking a Skills Test in a vehicle without full airbrakes and/or a manual transmission.

  • E - No Manual Transmission Equipped CMV
  • L - No Airbrake Equipped CMV
  • Z - No Full Airbrake Equipped CMV restrictions.

If the vehicle used for your skills test has:

  • An automatic transmission, and you are applying for your first CDL, you will be given an E restriction.
  • No form of airbrakes, and you are applying for your first CDL, you will be given an L restriction.
  • Air over hydraulic brakes, and you are applying for your first CDL, you will be given a Z.
    • If you have a CDL with an L restriction and you test in a vehicle with air over hydraulic brakes, you will be upgraded from an L to a Z restriction.

 Also, please note that:

  • CLPs will no longer be issued with the Double / Triple Trailer (T) endorsement. The T endorsement can be issued only to a motorist holding a CDL.  
  • CLPs issued with a Passenger (P) or School Bus (S) endorsement will automatically get a new federally mandated "No Passengers in CMV Bus" (P) restriction. 
  • CLPs issued with a Tank Vehicles (N) endorsement will automatically get a federally mandated "No Cargo in CMV Tank Vehicle" (X) restriction.
  • The P and X restrictions are issued on the CLP only.  The CDL that is issued after all required tests have been passed will not have the P or X restrictions.

 

Restriction changes

There are 5 new restrictions, which required New York State to change the letter assigned to existing restrictions.  

Restriction

Old

New

Change

No Manual Transmission Equipped CMV

-

E

New

Outside Mirror

-

F

New

No Passengers in CMV Bus

-

P

New

No Cargo in CMV Tank Vehicle

-

X

New

No Full Air Brake Equipped CMV

-

Z

New

Automatic Transmission

E

E1

Re-Lettered

Hearing Aid / Full-View Mirror

F

F1

Re-Lettered

Power Brakes

P

P1

Re-Lettered

Full Hand Control

X

X1

Re-Lettered

Wheel Spinner

Z

Z1

Re-Lettered

No Air Brakes Class A Vehicle

L1

-

Removed

No Air Brakes Class B Vehicle

L2

-

Removed

These restriction changes went into effect June 4, 2015. If applicable, your next CLP and/or CDL document any restrictions will have the letters printed on them. 

See a complete list of driver license endorsement and restriction codes.

 

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.