Louisiana CDL Requirements

Louisiana CDL Classes

      You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial motor vehicle within the state of Louisiana (intrastate) and at least 21 years of age to drive a commercial motor vehicle across Louisiana state lines (interstate). You must also be at least 21 years old to transport materials that are deemed hazardous and require a placard. You need a Louisiana CDL in order to operate either commercial or non-commercial motor vehicles that fall into the following categories:

Class A
      Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed vehicle is in excess of 10,000 pounds.  

Class B
      Any single vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 or more pounds, as well as any vehicle towing another vehicle that does not exceed a weight of 10,000 pounds. 

Class C
      Any vehicle or combination of vehicles that does not meet the criteria of either Class A or Class B, but is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or is used in transporting materials classified as hazardous in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act. Each applicant must also have a passenger or hazardous materials endorsement in order to obtain a Class C commercial driver’s license. 

Applying for a Louisiana Commercial Learner’s Permit

      You must already possess a Louisiana commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before you can take the CDL Skills Test. Before applying for a Louisiana commercial learner’s permit, you must already possess a valid Louisiana Class D driver’s license. You will be issued a Louisiana commercial driver’s license (CDL) when you pass both the written general knowledge test and the CDL Skills Test. 

      In order to obtain a Louisiana commercial learner’s permit, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old for intrastate driving (within Louisiana state lines).
  • Be at least 21 years of age for interstate driving (outside Louisiana state lines).
  • Be at least 21 years of age to transport passengers.
  • Possess a valid Louisiana Class D driver’s license for at least one year.
  • Provide your Social Security card.
  • Prove you are of legal U.S. status by providing the required documents .
  • Provide proof of current Louisiana residency that shows your name and current address (i.e., a utility bill, vehicle registration, etc.).
  • Provide your current D.O.T. medical examination (cannot be more than 2 years old).
  • Pass the CDL general knowledge written test. 
  • Pay the $15 application fee for the commercial learner’s permit.

      If you have questions about which documents to bring to your local Office of Motor Vehicles when you apply for your commercial learner’s permit, you may call the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles at (225) 925-6146 and speak to a customer service representative. You can email any questions you may have to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles as well. 

The CDL Written Tests

      All commercial driver’s license applicants must pass the general knowledge written test in order to be eligible to receive a CDL. The test may be either a written test or an oral test.  In order to receive a passing score, each applicant is required to answer at least 80% of the questions correctly. All written tests require a score of at least 80% to pass.

      All CDL tests are given in English and translators are not allowed. All applicants must pay a $15 application fee and fill out the necessary forms prior to testing. You have six months from the day you pay the $15 application fee to pass all your CDL written tests, pass the CDL skills tests, and obtain your commercial driver’s license. If you fail to do all three within the six month period, your application fee will be relinquished and you will have to start the process all over again. 

      Be sure to download and study the Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Manual as it contains the information you need to pass the CDL knowledge tests, including some sample test questions.

      Our Free CDL Practice Tests will help prepare you for the actual CDL knowledge tests administered by the DMV.

      Click here to see a map and clickable list of Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle locations that offer the CDL written tests.      

Applying for a Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License

      In order to obtain a commercial driver’s license in the state of Louisiana, you must:

  • Possess a valid Louisiana commercial learner’s permit.
  • Possess a current Department of Transportation medical card (Medical Examiner’s Certificate).
  • Provide proof of vehicle insurance and vehicle registration (must be verified before you can take the test).
  • Provide a passenger with a valid Louisiana CDL to ride with you in your commercial vehicle to the test site (if you can’t rent a test vehicle).
  • Complete and submit the Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Application.
  • Pass the CDL general knowledge written test.
  • Pass the CDL Skills Test.
  • Pay the $100 CDL Skills Test fee if you use your own vehicle.
  • Pay the rental fee if you use the test facility’s vehicle (fee amount is determined by the CDL tester).
  • Pay the $41 license fee for the commercial driver’s license ($51 if you reside in Orleans Parish).
  • Pay the $5 fee for each additional CDL endorsement.

      The CDL Skills Test consists of a Pre-trip inspection, a Basic Vehicle Control test, and an On-Road Driving test and must be taken in the same class and type of motor vehicle you plan to drive once you obtain your CDL.  If you take the CDL Skills Test in a commercial motor vehicle that is not equipped with air brakes, then you will have an air brakes restriction attached to your commercial driver’s license. 

The CDL Skills Test

      The CDL Skills Test is a three part test and consists of the following:

  • Pre-trip Inspection: Before you can take the CDL driving tests, you will first be tested on your knowledge of the class of vehicle you plan on driving once you obtain your CDL. The Pre-trip inspection also determines if your commercial vehicle is safe enough to drive on public roads.
  • Basic Controls Test: Before you can take the CDL Road Test, you will first need to prove that you have the skills to operate a commercial motor vehicle on public roads. This test consists of various off-road maneuvers such as backing up your vehicle. 
  • Road Skills Test: Once you pass the first two tests, you will be required to drive your commercial vehicle on public roads in various traffic situations. You will be required to operate the same class of commercial vehicle you plan to drive once you obtain your CDL.

Be sure to download and study the Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Manual as it contains the information you need to pass the CDL Skills Test.

     Click here to see a map and clickable list of Louisiana state approved third party CDL Skills Test sites.

Commercial Driver Self-Certification

      In the state of Louisiana, all commercial driver’s license applicants must self-certify as to what type of driving they will be doing (intrastate or interstate), and if they have met all the FMCSA medical requirements. Download, print the Louisiana OMV Supplemental Form for CDL Application and read more about self-certification in the state of Louisiana here.

Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver’s License

      In order to apply for a commercial driver’s license, you must have the Medical Examiner’s Certificate and the Medical Examination Report completed by one of the following:

  • Licensed U.S. doctor of medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O)
  • Licensed physician assistant (P.A.)
  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Chiropractor

      The Medical Examiner’s Certificate must be dated within the previous two years and attached to the Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F), or you can use the Louisiana OMV CDL Physical Examination Form, which includes both forms.

      The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will only accept either medical form if it has been completed by a qualified physician who has been certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You can search for a FMCSA certified physician by using the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

      The FMSCA requires you to have at least 20/40 vision in each eye and a field of vision of at least 140 degrees in order to be certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Under certain conditions, you may be able to be waived from these requirements.      

      You can submit your completed and signed Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F), or the Louisiana OMV CDL Physical Examination Form (includes both forms), and the Louisiana OMV Supplemental Form for CDL Application by doing any of the following:

      You can check the status of your medical certification by using the Louisiana CDL Medical Inquiry Database or by calling the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles at (225) 925-6146

Hazmat Endorsement

      Any person that is applying for a Hazardous Materials CDL endorsement is required to undergo a federal background check and federal fingerprint check according to guidelines set by the Transportation Security Administration. All applicants must also provide the required documents to verify their identification and legal U.S. status. For more information, check out the Transportation Security Administration’s F.A.Q. page.

      You can apply for the security threat assessment on the TSA Hazardous Material Endorsement Enrollment Website. You must begin applying at least 30 days before the expiration of your CDL. You can start the application process on the HTAP Online Application Website. To apply by phone call (855) 347-8371. Use the TSA Enrollment Center Locator to find the nearest TSA approved fingerprint office.

Military Drivers

      In the state of Louisiana, if you are currently serving in the military or have been honorably discharged within the last 90 days, and you have driven military vehicles that would require a CDL to operate as a civilian with a 2 year safe driving record, then you may qualify for the waiver of the CDL Skills Test and may be exempt from taking the commercial driver skills test. You will still be required to take the written tests. Certain restrictions apply.

      Download, print, and complete the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver to start the process. You can contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles by email if you have any questions about the Military Skills Test Waiver program or give them a call at (225) 925-6146 and choose option 4.

Louisiana CDL Endorsements

      H      Placarded Hazmat      Required to transport hazardous materials under DOT regulations. 

      N      Tank Vehicles      Required to transport liquids in bulk containers of 1,000 gallons or more.

      X      Tanker/Hazardous Materials Combination   Required to transport hazardous materials in tank vehicles   

      T      Double/Triple Trailers      Indicates CDL holder is certified to operate multiple trailer haulers. 

      P      Passengers      Indicates the CDL holder is certified to operate passenger vehicles.

      S      School Bus      Indicates the CDL holder is authorized to operate a school bus. The “P” endorsement is also required.

Louisiana CDL Restrictions

      The following CDL restrictions are based on the driver passing the necessary commercial driver’s license written knowledge tests or driving skills tests. The restrictions may be added or removed from the commercial driver’s license: 

  •  Intrastate driving only (may only drive a CMV within Louisiana state lines).
  •  May not drive CMV equipped with air brakes.
  • V – Medical variance restriction (waiver for vision, diabetes, or Skill’s Performance Evaluation).

Important Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Resources

Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Manual
Louisiana CDL Practice Tests
Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Application
Louisiana CDL Waiver for Farm Related Services
Louisiana Hazardous Materials Endorsement Application
Louisiana OMV Identification Requirements
Contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles by Email
Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
Louisiana CDL Driver Self-Certification Requirements
Louisiana OMV Supplemental Form for CDL Application
Louisiana OMV CDL Physical Examination Form
Medical Examination Report Form 649-F
Medical Examiner’s Certificate
Louisiana CDL Medical Inquiry Database
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

 

Check out our list of truck driving schools in Louisiana that will provide you with the necessary skills to obtain your commercial driver’s license and start your career in the exciting field of commercial truck driving! You may also want to check out our nationwide list of truck driving schools.

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Map of Louisiana CDL Written Test Locations 

TitleAddress
1. Abbeyville OMV 112 Rue Centre, Abbeville, LA 70510
2. Alexandria OMV 5602 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71303
3. Amite OMV 112 East Mulberry Street, Amite, LA 70422
4. Arcadia OMV 2428 Second Street, Suite A, Arcadia, LA 71001
5. Baker OMV 2250 Main Street, Baker, LA 70714
6. Bastrop OMV 510 N. Washington Street, Bastrop, LA 71220
7. Baton Rouge OMV 7701 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
8. Baton Rouge Reinstatement 7701 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
9. Bogalusa OMV 62041 Benjamin Road, Bogalusa, LA 70427
10. Bossier OMV 3802 Kilpatrick Blvd, Bossier, LA 71112
11. Breaux Bridge OMV 101 Berard Street, Suite D, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
12. Bunkie OMV 1136 Shirley Road, Bunkie, LA 71322
13. Cameron OMV 107 Recreation Center Lane, P.O. Box 961, Cameron, LA 70631
14. Chalmette OMV 3002 Jean Lafitte Pkwy, Chalmette, LA 70043
15. Clinton OMV 11086 Bank Street, Clinton, LA 70722
16. Colfax OMV 306 8th Street, Colfax, LA 71417
17. Columbia OMV P.O. Box 876, 232 Riser Street, Columbia, LA 71418
18. Coushatta OMV P.O. Box 441 1213 E. Carrol Street, Coushatta, LA 71019
19. DeQuincy OMV 101 S. Pine Street, DeQuincy, LA 70633
20. Deridder OMV 2366 Hwy 190 West, DeRidder, LA 70634
21. Donaldsonville OMV 413 Williams Street, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
22. Eunice OMV 251 Park Avenue, Eunice, LA 70535
23. Farmerville OMV 303 C East Water Street, Farmerville, LA 71241
24. Franklinton OMV 309 11th Avenue, Franklinton, LA 70438
25. Gonzales OMV 1056 E. Worthey Street, Suite A, Gonzales, LA 70737
26. Golden Meadow OMV 500 N. Alex Plaisance Blvd, Golden Meadow, LA 70357
27. Gramercy OMV 827 N. Pine Street, Suite B, Gramercy, LA 70052
28. Greensburg OMV 38 S. Main Street, Greensburg, LA 70441
29. Hahnville OMV 15012A River Road, Hahnville, LA 70057
30. Hammond OMV 1320 N. Morrison Blvd, Suite 110-114, Hammond, LA 70401
31. Hammond Reinstatement 1320 N. Morrison Blvd, Suite 110-113, Hammond, LA 70401
32. Harvey OMV 2150 Westbank Expy, Harvey, LA 70058
33. Homer OMV 822-1 W. Main Street, Homer, LA 71040
34. Houma OMV 108 Capital Blvd, Houma, LA 70360
35. Jena OMV 1090 E. Elwood Street, Jena, LA 71342
36. Jennings OMV 210 S. State Street, Jennings, LA 70546
37. Jonesboro OMV 524 Pershing Hwy, Jonesboro, LA 71251
38. Jonesville OMV 1114 First Street, Jonesville, LA 71343
39. Kinder OMV P.O. Box 947, 333 8th Street, Kinder, LA 70648
40. Lafayette OMV 3241 N.W. Evangeline Thruway, Suite A, Lafayette, LA 70507
41. Lake Charles OMV 951 Main Street, Lake Charles, LA 70615
42. Leesville OMV 1315 N. 5th Street, Leesville, LA 71446
43. Leesville Reinstatement 1315 N. 5th Street, Leesville, LA 71446
44. Livingston OMV 20355 Government Blvd, P. O. Box 700, Livingston, LA 70754
45. Livingston Reinstatement 20355 Government Blvd, P. O. Box 700, Livingston, LA 70754
46. Louisiana Truck Center 7701 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
47. Mandeville OMV 1715 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70471
48. Mansfield OMV 619 Franklin Street, Mansfield, LA 71052
49. Many OMV 109 N. Highland Drive, Many, LA 71449
50. Marksville OMV 311 N. Monroe Street, Marksville, LA 71351
51. Metairie OMV 100 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005
52. Minden OMV 301 Morris Drive, Minden, LA 71055
53. Monroe OMV 5171 Northeast Road, Monroe, LA 71203
54. Morgan City OMV 1200 Victor II Blvd, Morgan City, LA 70380
55. Napoleonville OMV 105 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Napoleonville, LA 70390
56. Natchitoches OMV 113 South Drive, Suite 10, Natchitoches, LA 71457
57. New Iberia Issuance 1613 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
58. New Orleans East OMV 7500 Bullard Avenue, Suite 104, New Orleans, LA 70128
59. New Roads OMV 424 Hospital Road, Unit A, New Roads, LA 70760
60. Oakdale OMV 229 S. 10th Street, Oakdale, LA 71463
61. Oak Grove OMV 706 East Main Street, Suite 1, Oak Grove, LA 71263
62. Opelousas OMV 1638 Creswell Extension, Suite 3, Opelousas, LA 70570
63. Pineville OMV 831 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360
64. Plaquemine OMV 57815 Fort Street, Plaquemine, LA 70765
65. Port Allen OMV 782 Louisiana Avenue, Port Allen, LA 70767
66. Rayville OMV 6 Lynn Gayle Robertson Road, Rayville, LA 71269
67. Reserve OMV 4034 W. Airline Hwy, Reserve, LA 70084
68. Ruston OMV 104 W. Arizona avenue, Ruston, LA 71270
69. Shreveport OMV 9310 Normandie Drive, Shreveport, LA 71118
70. Slidell OMV 1514 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, LA 70458
71. Slidell Reinstatement 1514 W. Lindberg Drive, Slidell, LA 70458
72. Springhill OMV 235 N. Main Street, Springhill, LA 71075
73. St. Francisville OMV 5932 Commerce Street, St. Francisville, LA 70775
74. Sulphur OMV 940 Beglis Pkwy, Sulphur, LA 70663
75. Tallulah OMV 1703 Felicia Drive, Tallulah, LA 71282
76. Thibodaux OMV 1424 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux, LA 70301
77. Veterans 100 Veterans Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124
78. Vidalia OMV 2009 Billy Deal Lane, Vidalia, LA 71373
79. Ville Platte OMV 1004 W. LaSalle Street, Ville Platte, LA 70586
80. Vivian OMV 102-A East Georgia Avenue, Vivian, LA 71082
81. West Monroe OMV 501 Natchitoches Street, West Monroe, LA 71291
82. Westwego OMV 419 Avenue A, Westwego, LA 70094
83. Winnfield OMV Courthouse Bldg, Rm 1 100 W. Main Street, Winnfield, LA 71483
84. Winnsboro OMV 2601 Loop Road, Winnsboro, LA 71295

 Some CDL testing locations require you to set up an appointment. CDL testing hours may vary. Please call the testing location for more information.

 

Map of Louisiana CDL Skills Test Locations

TitleAddress
1. A B Oil 18080 South I-12 Service Road, Ponchatoula, LA 70454
2. Acadiana Bottling Company 700 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
3. Beauregard Parish School 510 Martin Luther King Drive, DeRidder, LA 70634
4. Bienville Parish School 1956 1st Street, Arcadia , LA 71001
5. Borden Milk Products 1308 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
6. Bossier Parish School 3228 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71112
7. Bricor LLC** 10612 Hwy 23, Bellchase, LA 70037
8. Caddo Parish School 3928 Joplin Street, Shreveport, LA 71108
9. Calcasieu Parish School 3800 Mallard Cove Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70602
10. CATS 2250 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
11. Claiborne Parish School 415 E. Main Street, Homer, LA 71040
12. Coastal Truck Driving School** 2064 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
13. Coastal Truck Driving School** 450 Hwy 151, North Calhoun, LA 71225
14. Coastal Truck Driving School** 42226 S. Airport Road, Hammond, LA 70403
15. Coastal Truck Driving School** 7516 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71303
16. Coastal Truck Driving School** 2419 I-49 Service Road, South Opelousas, LA 70550
17. Coca Cola Bottling Company 5601 Citrus Blvd, Harahan, LA 70123
18. Crescent Crown Distributing 5900 Almonaster Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70126
19. Diesel Driving Academy 3523 Greenwood Road, Shreveport, LA 71109
20. Diesel Driving Academy, Inc. 8067 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70518
21. Durham School Services 300-A Parkway Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71457
22. First Student** 2129 W. Main Street, Ville Platte, LA 70586
23. First Student 9432-A Joor Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818
24. First Student 1037 Peters Road, Harvey, LA 70058
25. Hammond's Transportation 13921 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
26. Hobson & Son** 341 Hwy 2, Sterlington, LA 71280
27. Iberia Parish School Board 1500 Jane Street, New Iberia, LA 70562
28. Lafayette Parish School** 2820 S. Richfield Road, Rayne, LA 70578
29. Livingston Parish School 13909 Florida Blvd, Livingston, LA 70754
30. Louisiana Technical College Northwest Campus, 814 Constable Street, Minden, LA 71055
31. Louisiana Technical College 609 Vocational Pkwy West, Monroe, LA 71292
32. Louisiana Technical College** 1425 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux, LA 70301
33. L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College** 310 St. Charles Street, Houma, LA 70360
34. Mockler Beverage 11811 Reiger Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
35. National Driving Academy** 31 Wicker Lane, Greensburg, LA 70441
36. Ouachita Parish School 4900 Alloy Street, Monroe, LA 71203
37. Rapides Parish School 619 6th Street, Alexandria, LA 71309
38. Richland Parish School 411 Foster Street, Rayville, LA 71269
39. Schilling Distributing Company 2901 Moss Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
40. Steve Kent Trucking 1014 Hwy 90 East, Raceland, LA 70394
41. Team DST / LBM Inc. 1999 Georgia Avenue, Bldg. 3409, Fort Polk, LA 71459
42. Thomas Traininig & Development 259 Dixie Road, Franklin, LA 70538
43. Vernon Parish School 201 Belview Road, Leesville, LA 71446
44. Webster Parish School 1440 Sheppard Street, Minden, LA 71055

 

**Testing vehicles are available for rent at this location. Certain fees may apply. Please contact the testing facility for more details.

Some CDL testing locations require you to set up an appointment. CDL testing hours may vary. Please call the testing location for more information. 

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