Get a commercial driver's license (CDL)
To drive a commercial motor vehicle in Connecticut, you need to get a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and then get a CDL.
A commercial motor vehicle is a:
- Vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds
- Vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver
- Vehicle designed to transport 11 or more passengers, including the driver, and used to transport students under age 21 to and from school
- Any vehicle transporting hazardous materials that is required to be placarded
Exemptions for commercial vehicles
Vehicles that don’t need a CDL include:
- Those that you use for farming purposes within 150 miles of the farm
- Any fire-fighting apparatus
- Authorized emergency vehicles
- Recreational vehicles
- Military vehicles operated by military personnel
Application age requirements for a CDL
A successful applicant needs to meet the following age requirements based on the type of CDL they need:
- Must be at least age 18
- To haul hazardous material, must be at least age 21
- To drive interstate, must be at least age 21
Medical requirements for a CDL
CLP and CDL holders need to give the DMV a valid medical examiner’s certificate, provided by a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. For more information, visit the CDL medical requirements page.
CDL holders need to provide self-certification of their driving type. For more information, visit the self-certification page.