What is a CDL?
A CDL or “Commercial Driver License”, is a license which allows its holder to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV.) A CMV is a motor vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, or a gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds or more, including a towed unit with a gross weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more.
Requirements for obtaining your CDL to drive a CMV:
- You need to hold a regular Class D driver license for a minimum of one (1) year.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- You need a Department of Transportation Medical Certificate (DOT card.)
- Complete the Utah self-certification form when you apply for the CDL.
Primarily there are two (2) government agencies that make up the policies for CDL holders:
- FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), the Federal agency that makes the majority of the rules.
- Utah also has some rules that come into play. Keep in mind that the State of Utah can make requirements stricter than FMCSA rules, but cannot make them less.
- Federal Regulation Commercial Driver License Standards – 49 CFR 383
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations – 49 CFR 390
- Utah Code Uniform Commercial Driver License Act – 53-3-400 – 53-3-420
- Traffic Code 41-6a