Applying for a new Florida Commercial Drivers License
- Online application and Checklist download
- By mail, if eligible (see instructions below)
- In person at your local DMV office
To apply for a new Florida commercial driver’s license, you must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, you must also be a holder of a valid driver’s license, and have passed a state-approved vision test to qualify. When you arrive at the Florida motor vehicle office make sure to bring/have:
- Current Florida driver’s license
- Proof of Social Security number
- A Medical Examination Certificate which can be downloaded from http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/safetyprograms/Medical-Report.pdf. To fill this form out, make sure to bring:
a Social Security number
b Date of Birth
c Driver license number
Depending upon the class (classes A, B, or C) of Florida CDL license you are applying for, you need to bring payment for applicable fees for your written and skills test.
According to the FMCSA there are three CDL Classes:
Class A — Any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Class B — Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.
Class C — Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.
You also need to add an endorsement to your new Florida CDL driver’s license. Endorsements include special classes of CMVs such as:
- H Vehicles transporting hazardous materials
- N – Tank vehicle
- P – Passenger
- S – School Bus
- T – Double/Triple Trailers
- X – Combination of tank vehicle and hazardous materials endorsements
If you operate or drive a CMV that transports hazardous materials, you must first submit yourself to a background check and fingerprinting. If you are found guilty of a serious crime, you could be disqualified from transporting hazardous materials and would not be able to get the necessary endorsement to be able to get a new Florida CDL license.
Renew Florida CDL Driver’s License
Is your CDL license about to expire? Whether you are going to renew your Florida CDL license online, by mail or in person, you want to be sure that you know exactly what are the requirements that you need to bring.
In Florida you only have one option to renew your CDL license and that is “in person”. You need to renew personally your Florida CDL license at your local motor vehicle office. You are required to bring the necessary documents to your local office for a Florida CDL license renewal. Before you renew your Florida CDL license, it will be checked first in the National Driver Register and the Commercial Driver’s License Information System to ensure that you are not disqualified and do not hold a CDL license in more than one jurisdiction.
Replace Florida CDL License
Did you lose your CDL driver’s license? Or is it severely damaged or stolen? You need to replace your Florida CLD driver’s license as soon as possible. You are required to have your CDL license with you at all times while operating a CMV.
You can have a replacement of your Florida CDl license by visiting your local DMV office.
Change of Address on a Florida CDL license
If you moved to another city or street, you are required to change your address on your Florida CDL license right away. You need to visit your local DMV and bring:
- Current CDL license
- Proof of residency
Florida CDL License Name Change
If you just got married, divorced or have changed your legal name for any reason, you need to update your CDL license to reflect that change.
You have to visit your local DMV and bring official documents supporting this change along with your required fees for your Florida CDL license name change.
New Federal Requirements
Starting January 30, 2012 and no later than January 2014, the federal government has imposed that all commercial vehicle drivers must self-certify his or her vehicle type.
The categories are as follows:
- Non-Excepted Interstate (If this is the option you choose you will need to submit to the Department of Public Safety a federal medical certificate).
- Excepted Interstate
- Non-Excepted Intrastate
- Excepted Intrastate