Oklahoma CDL Requirements

CDL Classes in Oklahoma

      You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial motor vehicle within the state of Oklahoma (intrastate) and at least 21 years of age to drive a commercial motor vehicle outside the state of Oklahoma (interstate). You must also be at least 21 years old to transport materials that are deemed hazardous and to transport passengers using a commercial motor vehicle. You need an Oklahoma 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 an Oklahoma Commercial Learner’s Permit

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

      In order to obtain an Oklahoma commercial learner’s permit, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old for intrastate driving (within the state of Oklahoma only).
  • Be at least 21 years of age for interstate driving (outside the state of Oklahoma).
  • Be at least 21 years of age to transport materials deemed hazardous.
  • Be at least 21 years of age to transport passengers in a CMV.
  • Possess a valid Oklahoma Class D driver’s license.
  • Provide your current out-of-state driver’s license or I.D. card (if you are not currently licensed in the state of OK).
  • Provide primary proof of identification (i.e., a certified birth certificate, U.S. passport, OK driver’s license, etc.).
  • Provide secondary proof of identification (i.e., a photo I.D. card, marriage certificate, social security card, etc.).
  • Provide proof of your current Oklahoma residency that shows your name and address (i.e., a utility bill, vehicle registration, insurance card).
  • Provide your current Medical Examiner’s Certificate and completed Medical Examination Report.  
  • Certify that your privilege to drive any motor vehicle is not currently suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified anywhere.
  • Certify that you currently hold no more than one driver’s license.
  • Pass the physical exam (must be administered by a FMCSA certified physician).
  • Pass the vision exam (you must have at least 20/40 vision in each eye with or without glasses).
  • Pass the color blindness test (you must be able to recognize green, red, and amber colors).
  • Complete and sign the Commercial Driver’s License Application.
  • Pass the CDL written knowledge test.
  • Pay the $25 application fee (the fee is $15 for Class B & Class C).

      If you have any questions about which documents to bring to your nearest Oklahoma Driver License Exam Station when you apply for your commercial learner’s permit, you can either call your local Driver License Exam Station, or you can speak to a customer service representative at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety CDL Administration by calling (405) 425-2015 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You can also contact the CDL Administration by email at tshepher@dps.state.ok.us. Please address your emails to Tamara Shepherd.

CDL Written Tests

      The CDL written tests are administered at all Driver License Exam Stations. Please be aware that some of the exam stations only administer the written tests during the morning hours. All commercial driver’s license applicants must pass the general knowledge written test in order to be eligible to receive a CDL. 

      The CDL general knowledge test consists of 50 questions. In order to receive a passing score, each applicant is required to answer at least 80% of the questions correctly in the time allotted for that test. All written tests require a score of at least 80% to pass. Any applicant that exceeds the time limit or incorrectly answers too many questions on the general knowledge test will fail.

      All applicants should arrive at the Driver License Exam Station at least one hour prior to closing when taking the written tests.

      Once you successfully pass the CDL general knowledge written test, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety will issue you a commercial learner’s permit so that you can practice operating a commercial motor vehicle. You may only operate a CMV under the supervision of a front seat passenger who is at least 21 years old and carries a valid CDL of the same class or greater than the class of vehicle you are operating. 

      The commercial learner’s permit will be valid for up to six months from the date it is issued. If you do not successfully pass the CDL Skills Test and obtain your commercial driver’s license before your commercial learner’s permit expires, you will be required to either renew the commercial learner’s permit or purchase a new commercial learner’s permit. You may also be required to retake the CDL general knowledge written test and the vision exam.

      Over 60% of first time CDL applicants fail the written test! Be sure to download and study the Oklahoma Commercial Driver License Manual, as it contains the information you need to pass the CDL 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 the map and clickable list of Oklahoma Driver License Exam Stations that administer the CDL written tests.

Applying for an Oklahoma Commercial Driver’s License

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

  • Possess a valid Oklahoma commercial learner’s permit (CLP).
  • Possess a valid Oklahoma Class D driver’s license.
  • Possess a current D.O.T. card (cannot be more than 2 years old).
  • Provide proof of vehicle insurance and vehicle registration (must be verified before you can take the test).
  • Provide a test vehicle of the same class as the CDL you are testing for. 
  • Provide a passenger that is 21 years of age or older with a valid Oklahoma CDL to ride with you in your test vehicle to the test location.
  • Schedule an appointment for the CDL Skills Test by calling (405) 425-2196.
  • Pass the CDL Skills Test. 
  • Pay the $51.50 fee to cover the cost of the commercial driver’s license (the fee is $41.50 for a Class C CDL).
  • Pay the fee for each CDL endorsement you obtain.

The CDL Skills Test

      Once you obtain your commercial learner’s permit, you will be allowed to schedule an appointment to take the CDL Skills Test at a Driver License Exam Station. The CDL Skills Test is administered by appointment only. Walk-ins are not permitted. To schedule a test appointment call (405) 425-2196. 

      The CDL Skills Test is a three part test that consists of a Pre-trip Inspection, a Basic Vehicle Controls Test, and an On-Road Driving Test. The Oklahoma Driver License Exam Stations will not supply a vehicle for you to test in. You must bring your own test vehicle. 

      You will be required to take the test 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. 

  • 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. If you fail the Pre-trip Inspection, you will not be allowed to take the Road Skills Test.
  • Basic Controls Test: Before you can take the Road Skills 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, moving your vehicle forward, and making turns within a defined area. 
  • 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.

      The Basic Controls Test may include the following maneuvers:

  • 90 degree alley docking
  • Straight line backing
  • Parallel parking (driver side)
  • Parallel parking (conventional)
  • Offset backing to the right
  • Offset backing to the left

      The Road Skills Test will be administered on a route predetermined by the safety specialist. The test route will most likely include the following:

  • Starting
  • Stopping
  • Braking
  • Turning
  • Observing traffic signs 
  • Observing traffic signals
  • Observing other traffic
  • Using vehicle controls
  • Maintaining proper lane positions
  • Downgrades
  • Downgrade stopping
  • Upgrades
  • Upgrade stopping
  • Railroad crossings
  • Bridge clearance
  • Underpass clearance
  • General observance of traffic laws
  • General safe driving practices for trucks or buses

     On the day of your CDL Skills Test appointment you must:

  1. Arrive on time.
  2. Bring your validated commercial learner’s permit.
  3. Bring your valid D.O.T. medical card.
  4. Bring a passenger (age 21 or older) that is qualified to drive a CMV with the same class of CDL or greater than the test vehicle.
  5. Bring a test vehicle that is the same class of license that you are testing for.

      Failure to do any of the above may result in an immediate cancellation of your CDL Skills Test appointment! The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety advises applicants to schedule their Skills Test appointment a few weeks in advance and to arrive early for their test appointment. 

      If you decide to cancel your Skills Test appointment, you must cancel the appointment no less than 24 hours before your scheduled test date and time. If you fail any part of the CDL Skills Test, you will not be permitted to take the test again until the next day.

      The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has the right to cancel any CDL Skills Test appointment due to bad weather, under sourced staffing, or any other unforseen circumstances. Be sure to call the Driver License Exam Station on the day of your Skills Test to see if your appointment has been canceled due to bad weather.

      Be sure to download and study the Oklahoma Commercial Driver License Manual, as it contains pertinent information that will help you pass the CDL Skills Test. 

     Click here to see the map and clickable list of Oklahoma Driver License Exam Stations that administer the CDL Skills Test.

Commercial Driver Self-Certification

      In the state of Oklahoma, all commercial driver’s license holders must self-certify as to what type of driving they will be doing (intrastate or interstate), and whether they meet or exceed the medical and physical standards put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to legally and safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. All CDL applicants must self-certify once they obtain their commercial driver’s license.   

       All commercial drivers who intend to operate a commercial motor vehicle for the following purposes only, do not require a commercial driver’s license and are considered “exempt” and therefore are waived from self-certification:

  • Persons operating Special Purpose Commercial vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 lbs. or less. 
  • Fire and emergency vehicles used to preserve life and property or to carry out governmental operations.
  • Vehicles operated by non-civilian operators of military equipment.
  • Recreational vehicles that are being used for personal recreational use only.
  • Any farm vehicle used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery, or farm supplies within 150 air-miles of the owner’s farm and not used in the operation of a common or contract motor carrier.

      If you intend to operate a commercial motor vehicle for any other purpose than those listed above, then you are considered “non-exempt” and are required to hold a valid CDL and must self-certify. You may also need to provide a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

      If you operate a commercial motor vehicle in either intrastate or interstate commerce solely for the following purposes, then you are under “excepted” status, and therefore do not need to provide a Medical Examiner’s Certificate:

  • Transporting school children and/or school staff members between home and school.
  • Operating any vehicle as an employee of either Federal, State, or Local government.
  • Operating fire and rescue vehicles for emergency purposes and other related events.
  • Transporting sick, injured, or deceased persons.
  • Primarily transporting propane heating fuel when responding to an emergency condition requiring an immediate response.
  • When custom harvesting on a farm or to haul farm machinery and supplies to and from a farm or when transporting crops between a farm and a market or storage facility.
  • When operating a farm vehicle that is not a combo vehicle (power unit and towed unit), and is used to haul agricultural products, farm supplies (cannot be materials deemed hazardous), or farm machinery to and from a farm and within 150 air miles of the farm.
  • Transporting bees as an apiarist during beekeeping season.
  • When transporting migrant workers.
  • As a private motor carrier of passengers for non-business activities.

      If you intend to operate a commercial motor vehicle for any other purpose than those listed above, then you operate in either “non-excepted” intrastate commerce, “non-excepted” interstate commerce, or both. “Non excepted” interstate drivers and “non-excepted” intrastate drivers must submit a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate along with a completed and signed copy of the Oklahoma Commercial Driver Licensee Medical Self-Certification Affidavit. All other commercial drivers who do not fall into this category must complete, sign, and submit the Oklahoma Commercial Driver Licensee Medical Self-Certification Affidavit only. 

      If you have any questions regarding self-certification, you can check out the New Medical Certification Requirements Guide and the New Medical Certifications FAQs. You can also speak to a customer service representative at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety CDL Administration by calling (405) 425-2015, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

      You can also contact the CDL Administration by email at tshepher@dps.state.ok.us. Please address your emails to Tamara Shepherd. For more information about the Medical Examiner’s Certificate, please continue reading below.

Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver’s License

      All CDL applicants 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 attached to the Medical Examination Report and dated within the previous two years if you are renewing your commercial driver’s license. If you are a first time CDL applicant submitting your Medical Examiner’s Certificate, then the certificate must be dated within the previous 60 days of the date you submit your documents.

      The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety will only accept your medical forms if they have 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 (70 degrees in each eye) in order to be certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Under certain conditions, you may be able to be waived from these and other medical requirements.     

      Once you have completed and signed the Medical Examiner’s Certificate, the Medical Examination Report, the Oklahoma Commercial Driver Licensee Medical Self-Certification Affidavit, and any applicable medical waivers, you can submit your documents by doing any of the following:

  • Fax your completed and signed documents to (405) 419-2196.
  • Scan and email your completed and signed documents in PDF form (as an email attachment) to mec@dps.state.ok.us.
  • Mail your completed and signed documents to:

                              Oklahoma Department of Public Safety 
                              CDL Administration 
                              PO Box 11415 
                              Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0415                               

      Please include your name, address, and contact number on all mailings, faxes, and emails. Be sure to double check and, if needed, correct any errors before submitting your documents. All CDL applicants are advised to keep copies of these documents for their own records. Failure to comply with state and federal self-certification regulations will result in a cancellation of your commercial driving privileges.

      If you have any questions regarding self-certification, you can check out the New Medical Certification Requirements Guide and the New Medical Certifications FAQs. You can also speak to a customer service representative at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety CDL Administration by calling (405) 425-2015, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You can also contact the CDL Administration by email at tshepher@dps.state.ok.us. Please address your emails to Tamara Shepherd.

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 Oklahoma, 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. 

      If you have any questions about the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, you can either call your local Driver License Exam Station, or you can speak to a customer service representative at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety CDL Administration by calling (405) 425-2015 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You can also contact the CDL Administration by email at tshepher@dps.state.ok.us. Please address your emails to Tamara Shepherd.

Oklahoma 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. 

Methods of Payment       

      All Oklahoma Driver License Exam Stations accept the following methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Cards
  • Personal Checks
  • Certified Cashiers Check
  • Money Orders

Important Oklahoma Commercial Driver’s License Resources 

Oklahoma Commercial Driver License Manual
Oklahoma CDL Practice Tests
Oklahoma DPS Online Scheduler
Oklahoma DPS Commercial Driver License Diagram
Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
New Medical Certification Requirements Guide
New Medical Certifications FAQs
Oklahoma Commercial Driver Licensee Medical Self-Certification Affidavit
Temporary CDL Medical Requirement Extension Form
Medical Examination Report Form 649-F
Medical Examiner’s Certificate
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

 

      Check out our list of truck driving schools in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Driver License Exam Sites 

TitleAddress
1. Ada Driver License Exam Site Pontotoc Tech Center, 615 W. 33rd Street, Ada, OK 74820
2. Altus Driver License Exam Site OHP Headquarters, 901 N. Veterans Drive, Altus, OK 73521
3. Ardmore Driver License Exam Site Ardmore Fire Department, 1997 Veterans Blvd, Ardmore, OK 73401
4. Bartlesville Driver License Exam Site National Guard Armory, 1816 W. Hensley Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74003
5. Beaver Driver License Exam Site City Hall, 24 W. 2nd Street, Beaver, OK 73932
6. Boise City Driver License Exam Site City Hall, 23 N. Logan Street, Boise City, OK 73933
7. Broken Arrow Driver License Exam Site Oak Crest Shopping Center, 1635 S. Main St, Broken Arrow, OK 74012
8. Chickasha Driver License Exam Site Workforce Bldg, 301 S. 2nd Street, Chickasha, OK 73018
9. Claremore Driver License Exam Site Market Shopping Center, 2060 S. Hwy 66, Claremore, OK 74019
10. Clinton Driver License Exam Site McClain Rogers Park, 1120 Opal Avenue, Clinton, OK 73601
11. Durant Driver License Exam Station 102 S. 5th Street, Durant OK 74701
12. Edmond Driver License Exam Site Community Center, 28 E. Main Street, Edmond, OK 73034
13. Enid Driver License Exam Site OHP Headquarters, 5725 W. Owen K Garriott Road, Enid, OK 73703
14. Grove Driver License Exam Site Civic Center, 1720 S. Main Street, Grove, OK 74344
15. Guymon Driver License Exam Site 114 NW 16th Street, Guymon, OK 73942
16. Hugo Driver License Exam Site Courthouse, 300 E. Duke Street, Hugo, OK 74743
17. Idabel Driver License Exam Station Courthouse, 108 N. Central Avenue, Idabel, OK 74745
18. Lawton Driver License Exam Site OHP Headquarters, 705 E. Gore Blvd, Lawton, OK 73501
19. McAlester Driver License Exam Site 403 W. Carl Albert Pkwy, Mcalester, OK 74501
20. Miami Driver License Exam Site Youth Center, 114 1st Street, Miami, OK 74354
21. Muskogee Driver License Exam Site OHP Headquarters, 651 N. 43rd Street East, Muskogee, OK 74403
22. Norman Drivers License Exam 430 N. Berry Road, Norman, OK 73069
23. Oklahoma City Driver License Exam Site 728 East I-240 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73149-1637
24. Ponca City Driver License Exam Site Ponca Plaza, 2101 N. 14th Street, Ponca City, OK 74601
25. Poteau Driver License Exam Site 103 N. Church Street, Poteau, OK 74953
26. Sallisaw Driver License Exam Site 1305 N. Maple Street, Sallisaw, OK 74955
27. Shawnee Driver License Exam Site Old Army Reserve Bldg, 1821 Airport Drive, Shawnee, OK 74804
28. Stillwater Driver License Exam Site Lakewood Plaza, 2308 N. Perkins Road, Stillwater, OK 74075
29. Stilwell Driver License Exam Site Community Center, 422 W. Poplar Street, Stilwell, OK 74960
30. Tahlequah Driver License Exam Site Senior Citizens Bldg, 230 E. 1st Street, Tahlequah, OK 74464
31. Tulsa/Eastgate Driver License Exam Site Eastgate Metroplex, 14002 E. 21st Street, Tulsa, OK 74134
32. Tulsa Driver License Exam Site 3190 W. 21st Street, Tulsa, OK 74107
33. Vinita Driver License Exam Site Tag Agency, 320 S. Wilson Street, Vinita, OK 74301
34. Woodward Driver License Exam Site 2411 Williams Avenue, Woodward, OK 73801
35. Yukon Driver License Exam Site Old Mill Plaza, 334 Elm Avenue, Yukon, OK 73099

 

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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