To get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Connecticut, you first need to get a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and pass the skills test. Your CLP is good for one year. If you don’t get a CDL in that year, you need to retake and pass all the required tests to get a new permit.
You may also need to take the air brakes, combination, passenger endorsement, and/or school bus endorsement tests if those apply to the type of CDL you need.
You don’t receive a permanent driver license or ID card or leaner's permit while at your in-person DMV appointment. It arrives through the mail. For more on this, please see Central Issuance. After visiting an office, you can track the delivery of your new card.
CDL application age requirements
You need to meet the following age requirements based on the type of CDL you need:
- Be at least age 18
- Be at least age 21 to haul hazardous material
- Be at least age 21 to drive interstate
CLP and CDL medical requirements
To get a CLP or CDL you 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 .
CLP holders need to provide self-certification of their driving type. For more information, visit the self-certification page.