The Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) is the written portion of the CDL testing. It will allow the driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while supervised by a valid CDL holder.
The CLP will be valid for up to 180 days, but the driver is not permitted to take the driving skills test until at least 14 days since getting the CLP.
Basically, before you can do any practice driving in a CMV, you will need a learner's permit, the same as you would for a regular driver's license.
Your commercial learner's permit will be valid for up to 180 days, and drivers cannot take their driving skills test until after 14 days have passed.
Many states, schools, and companies will require it before accepting your application, so it's a good idea to get it first. It will also cut down on any surprises or problems passing the physical.
No, all CLP holders will be required to have a valid CDL holder in the vehicle with them at all times while driving.
All state CDL manuals are based on the FMCSA model manual, but each state may do things a little differently and have different requirements.
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