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How to Get a CDL in Washington State

Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Washington State is a necessary step for anyone who wants to drive commercial motor vehicles. To get a CDL, you must pass the necessary tests and meet the state’s eligibility requirements. In this article, we will go over the steps you need to take to get a CDL in Washington State.

Eligibility Requirements

Before you can start the process of getting your CDL, you need to meet certain eligibility requirements. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have a valid visa.
  • Have a clean driving record, with no major violations in the last three years.
  • Pass a medical examination.

Application Process

Once you have met the eligibility requirements, you can begin the CDL application process. The first step is to complete an application with the Washington State Department of Licensing. You can do this online or at a local driver licensing office. On the application, you will need to provide your name, address, and other personal information.


Once your application is approved, you will need to take and pass the required tests. Depending on the type of CDL you are applying for, you may need to take a general knowledge test, a pre-trip inspection test, and/or an air brakes test. You can find study materials and practice tests online to help you prepare for the tests.

CDL Permit

After you have passed all the required tests, you will receive a CDL permit. This permit allows you to practice driving a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a licensed CDL driver. You must complete at least 20 hours of supervised driving before you can take the driving skills test.

Driving Skills Test

Once you have completed the supervised driving hours, you will be able to take the driving skills test. This test includes a pre-trip inspection, an on-road test, and an air brakes test. The test must be taken at a designated testing facility and you must have a valid CDL permit before you can take the test.

CDL License

Once you have passed the driving skills test, you will receive your CDL license. This license will be valid for five years and must be renewed every five years. To renew your license, you must take a vision test and provide proof of your U.S. citizenship or valid visa.


Getting a CDL in Washington State is not a difficult process, but it does require some preparation. You must meet the eligibility requirements, complete an application, take and pass the required tests, and receive your CDL permit before you can take the driving skills test. Once you have passed the driving skills test, you will be able to receive your CDL license.