How Many Questions Are Generally On The Cdl Permit Test?

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Mike S.'s Comment
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Just curious on how many questions were on all of your permit tests?

Phil C.'s Comment
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Oh gosh my memory is fading! I "think" there were 50 on general knowledge, and 20-25 each on air brakes and combination vehicles, and 20-25 each for hazmat , doubles/triples and tanker.

To get your permit you need general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles. You can test any of the other endorsements anytime before getting your actual CDL if you need them. Testing is free.

You need to score a minimum of 80% each test.

You could pass on a question and come back to it at the end.

In New Mexico, you can take the tests once per week, and can fail a maximum of 3 times then you need to wait a whole year before trying again. Other states are more lenient from what I've seen.

I think this is pretty correct from what little memory I have left!

Phil

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Ynkedad's Comment
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Yeah all of that information sounds about right for Florida as well. Although, I had to pay $6.00 in order to get my permit.

Jacinda P.'s Comment
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FYI in Iowa it is for 2016 $12 for the permit which you have to have for a total of 14 business days before you can get your CDL. The cost of the CDL is $8 again that is in Iowa not Idaho. :-)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Mark S.'s Comment
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I undertand you have to take your skill test in the class of vehicle you are getting a CDL for, but if you want a tanker endorsement, hazmat endorsement and possibly combination, do you have to have a truck to test in set up for like combinations?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Tractor Man's Comment
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I undertand you have to take your skill test in the class of vehicle you are getting a CDL for, but if you want a tanker endorsement, hazmat endorsement and possibly combination, do you have to have a truck to test in set up for like combinations?

No, Tanker and Double Triple training is normally provided by those types of carriers. Those endorsements are written tests only.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Penny's Comment
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Just got my permit recently and General Knowledge was 50 questions, Combinations, Air Brakes, Doubles and Triples and Tanker was 25 questions on each of those tests and Haz Mat was 30 questions.

That was in SC, but should be similar elsewhere I'd think. We use the CDL manual that a number of other states use, so I'd think the testing would be set up similarly.

The cost in SC is a $15 application fee, then $2 per test. The application fee covers taking the written tests 3 times, but you do pay $2 for each test each time you take it. If you fail a test three times, then you pay the $15 again. (I know this from classmates). I'm sure that each state charges a little differently as far as that goes.

And then for HazMat , you have to do that TSA background check and fingerprinting thing which is a completely different animal as well!

Good luck!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Mac's Comment
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I took my test in Ohio today but only upgrading from B Class. Combination, Tanker, and Doubles/Triples were 20 questions each. You had to get 16 right to pass. Can't speak on Haz-Mat yet. Thought I'd study a bit more first...

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Ken H.'s Comment
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CDL in ILLINOIS costs $50.00 I think I'm putting the cart before the horse because I'm taking my tests CDL/endorsements first, I sent another message but forgot to enable the "Notify Me Of New Comments"

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Ken H.'s Comment
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Hello Forum I'm mid-stream obtaining my CDL , also going for my P, N, H and maybe X endorsements. I think I'm a bit ambitious, considering I will then need to take behind the wheel/hands on training and take that grueling examiners test. But, since I'm in Illinois CDL costs $50.00, all endorsements are free or included. I have a clean background so I should hopefully pass/obtain my TSA certs for the H endorsement requirement. The thing that DINGS against me I have zero miles of driving a truck. Companies don't want new and green students, but since I already paid for it thought I would just go on. Thanks Ken

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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