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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:

  1. FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), the Federal agency that makes the majority of the rules.
  2. 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.

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