COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S MANUAL
DELAWARE - VERSION 2.0
Above all else, this manual and our Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program is dedicated to improving safety on our
highways. This manual provides information necssary to pass the knowledge examinations (written tests) that you will
need to take in order to qualify for the CDL Learners Permit. Part Four of the manual explains the skills test you will
need to pass before the CDL License is issued. The information in this Manual provides general guidance and does not
discuss all possible situations or circumstances contained in Federal or State laws which control CDL licensing.
BASIC CDL LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
TYPES OF CDL LICENSES
CDL CLASS A - Required when vehicle’s combination registered, actual, or gross vehicle weight rating
(GVWR) is over 26,000 lbs., and the vehicle is towing a vehicle with registered, actual or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
over 10,000 lbs.
CDL CLASS B - Required when the vehicle’s registered, actual or rated weight is over 26,000 lbs., and not
towing another vehicle over 10,000 lbs.
CDL CLASS C - Required for vehicles under 26,000 lbs., when vehicles are designed to transport 16 or more
persons, including the driver, or for vehicles required to be placarded for carrying Hazardous Material (HAZMAT).
PROCEDURES FOR OBTAINING A CDL LICENSE
First you will complete and sign an application for the CDL license. By signing this application you certify you
are providing correct personal information and an accurate driving history and you also consent to submit to chemical
tests for controlled substances.
Next you will take the necessary knowledge tests to qualify for the proper CDL license. Section 1.1 on Page 1-
1 explains which written tests you will take for the vehicle you intend to drive.
Once passing the written tests and paying a CDL fee of $30.00 for a five year license; or $5.00 to keep the
expiration on your current license; you will be issued a CDL permit which will allow you to drive a CMV, with another
licensed CDL driver. You