Commercial learner's permit (CLP)
You will need a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) if you are:
- Applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time or after being without a CDL for one year.
- Upgrading your existing CDL and the upgrade requires a skills (driving) test.
You must hold a CLP for at least 14 days before you can complete the required skills (driving) test.
You are required to provide the following documents to obtain your CLP unless you already have a license marked as REAL-ID compliant (which means we already have this information verified). A REAL-ID has a gold star in the top right corner of your license.