Connecticut CDL Practice Test

We've broken our Connecticut CDL practice tests into 16 categories which will cover the entire CDL permit exam, all of the CDL endorsement exams, and your job duties as a driver.

  • Connecticut Driving Rules & Regulations

    Driving Rules And Regulations will cover the basics like who needs a CDL, CDL classifications, CDL reqiurements and disqualifications, and why special CDL endorsements are sometimes required.

  • Connecticut Transporting Cargo Safely

    Transporting Cargo will cover the different terms related to truck and cargo weights, driver responsibilities regarding overweight trucks, the safe loading of cargo, and cargo securement.

  • Connecticut Safe Driving

    Safe Driving will cover the basics of a pre-trip inspection, basic control and backing, speed and lane control, managing space around your vehicle, and driving in poor weather conditions.

  • Connecticut Transporting Passengers

    Transporting Passengers is required for the passenger endorsement and will cover the basics of a pre-trip inspection for a bus, loading and securing passenger cargo, and school bus safety.

  • Connecticut School Bus

    The School Bus Endorsement is required in some states for driving a school bus. This section covers loading and unloading passengers safely, bus inspection, and regulations for passenger transport.

  • Connecticut Air Brakes

    Air Brakes will cover the various parts of an air brake system, air brake inspection, proper braking techniques, the differences between air brakes and hydraulic brakes, and stopping distance.

  • Connecticut Combination Vehicles

    Combination Vehicles is a requirement for driving a tractor trailer and will cover combination vehicle air brakes, coupling and uncoupling trailers, and combination vehicle air brake inspection.

  • Connecticut Doubles And Triples

    Doubles And Triples is an endorsement needed to pull double trailers or triple trailers and will cover coupling and uncoupling of doubles and triples, inspection, and air brake tests.

  • Connecticut Tankers

    Tankers is a required endorsement to pull tanker trailers or large totes of liquid and will cover the pre-trip inspection of tankers, tanker loading, and safe driving for tankers.

  • Connecticut Hazardous Materials

    Hazardous Materials is an endorsement required to pull hazardous cargo and covers labels and placards, loading and unloading hazardous materials, parking and routing, and emergency response.

  • Connecticut Pre-Trip Inspection

    Pre-Trip Inspection will cover the inspection of the outside of the truck, the air brake system, inspection of the trailer, engine start and check, and driver responsibilities.

  • Connecticut Driving Exam

    Driving Exam will cover the reqiurements for passing the CDL driving exam, the CDL driving exam scoring system, upgrades and downgrades, and the basics of the driving exam itself.

  • Connecticut Logbook Rules

    Logbook Rules is not a requirement for the CDL permit or endorsements but it's critical for doing your job. This is a very thorough section which covers all of the rules governing the logbook.

  • Connecticut Weight Distribution

    Weight Distribution is not a requirement for the permit or endorsements but is critical for doing your job. It will cover cargo loading, weight distribution, fuel calculations, and center of gravity.

  • Connecticut Flatbed Cargo Securement

    Flatbed Cargo Securement is not required unless you're pulling a flatbed. This section covers tiedown components, securing devices, working load limits, and requirements for different types of freight.

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Requirements to Obtain a Connecticut Commercial Learner's Permit

You will not receive a permanent driver license or ID card while at a DMV office. It will arrive through the mail. You will keep your expiring license/ID and receive a temporary paper card.

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age to haul hazardous materials
  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age to drive interstate
  • Valid Connecticut Driver’s License
  • Documents to Prove Identity & Residency (see more below)
  • You must have a current, legible, unexpired medical certificate (more info below)
  • You will be required to complete the Application for Commercial Driver's License (DMV Form R-229a). Go to the CT Department of Motor Vehicles to request the form to be mailed to you.
  • Once the above documentation is presented and accepted by a DMV representative you will be required to take and pass a general knowledge test depending on the type of commercial motor vehicle you intend to operate

What are Connecticut's Identification/Residency Requirements to apply for a Commercial Learner's Permit?

Connecticut requires proof of identity, social security number, US citizenship and CT residency. For more detailed information, see the CT Department of Motor Vehicles website.

  • Proof of Identity
    • You must present two forms of identification; at least one of the documents must be from the Primary document list
    • Examples include:
    • US or US Territory Birth Certificate or Registration of Birth
    • US Passport or Passport Card
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Proof of Social Security Number
    • By law, you must present one of the following to prove your Social Security number. The 1099 or W-2 must show your full Social Security number and is only for proof of Social Security number, not identity.
    • Examples include:
    • Social Security card
    • W-2 form (issued within 5 years)
    • 1099 (issued within 5 years)
  • Proof of Legal Presence in the United States. Undocumented individuals will not be issued a CDL or CLP
    • Verification of Eligibility (SAVE) which may take 10 business days or more.
    • Examples include:
    • US Passport or Passport Card
    • I-94 £ I-551 Stamp in foreign passport
    • Permanent Resident card or Resident Alien card
  • Proof of Connecticut Residence. Proof must be from two sources
    • You must provide two different pieces of mail from two different sources to prove your home is located in Connecticut. The documents do not need to include a postmarked envelope and may have been sent to a P.O. Box or by email.(typed)
    • Both documents must: Show your name and your Connecticut residence address, be dated within 90 days (unless stated otherwise below), be computer generated
    • Examples include:
    • Postmarked mail (address may be handwritten)
    • Bill from a bank or mortgage company, utility company, credit card company, doctor or hospital
    • Bank statement or bank transaction receipt showing the bank’s name and mailing address
    • Pre-printed pay stub showing your employer’s name and address

What is the Cost to get a Connecticut Commercial Learner's Permit?

  • General Knowledge - $16
  • Air Brakes - $5
  • Combination - $5
  • All other endorsements (S-school bus, T-doubles/triples, P-passenger, N-liquid bulk/tank cargo, H-hazardous materials and X-hazardous material and tank, combined) - $5 for each endorsement requested
  • Skills Test - $30 (paid at time of knowledge test)
  • The skills test fee (on-the-road portion of the test) must be paid when the application for the CLP is submitted.
  • Once you have passed the required knowledge test(s), you will be required to pay a $10 fee for the issuance of the Commercial Learner Permit (CLP).
  • A replacement CLP may be issued if it is lost, stolen or destroyed. The fee charged for a replacement is $10.
  • A school bus endorsement applicant must present a letter from his/her employer to have certain fees waived. If the letter is presented, the fees are waived for the General Knowledge test, CLP and Skills Test. The applicant does pay the fees for the endorsements that allow the operator to carry passengers; e.g., air brakes, passenger and school bus endorsements. A CDL with “S” and “P” endorsements is required to operate a school bus.

Commercial Medical Examination

All Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders and Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) holders must provide DMV with a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate. Any medical exam performed on April 20, 2016 or after MUST be completed on a form MCSA- 5876.

All commercial motor vehicle drivers must have a physical performed by a medical examiner listed on National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

You are required to fax your medical certification to:

  • (860) 263-5568
  • OR Email your medical certificate to DMV.CDL@CT.GOV

Testing Locations and Hours

Testing is only offered at DMV Hub offices. Find an office near you .

  • Bridgeport: 95 Sylvan Avenue. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Danbury: 2 Lee Mac Avenue. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Hamden: 1985 State Street. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Norwalk: 540 Main Avenue. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Old Saybrook: 7 Custom Drive. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Waterbury: 2210 Thomaston Avenue. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wethersfield: 60 State Street. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Willimantic Office: 1557 West Main Street. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:45 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs: 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What Information is on the Test for the Connecticut Commercial Learner's Permit?

  • Class A
    • General Knowledge
    • Air Brakes (if equipped)
    • Combination, required if you want to drive combination vehicles
    • Passengers "P" Endorsement (if carrying Passengers)
    • School Bus "S" Endorsement (if driving a school bus)
  • Class B
    • General Knowledge
    • Air Brakes (if equipped)
    • Passengers "P" Endorsement (if carrying Passengers)
    • School Bus "S" Endorsement (if driving a school bus)
  • Class C
    • General Knowledge
    • Air Brakes (if equipped)
    • Passengers "P" Endorsement (if carrying Passengers)
    • School Bus "S" Endorsement (if driving a school bus)

In order to prepare for the test, Connecticut Commercial Driver’s Manual should be studied.

  • The general knowledge test consists of 50 questions (40 correct answers represents a passing score)
  • The Air Brakes endorsement test has 25 questions (need 20 correct to pass)
  • The Combination Vehicle, School Bus, Passenger, Tanker, and Doubles and Triples endorsement tests have 20 questions (need 16 correct to pass)
  • The Hazardous Materials Endorsement test has 30 questions (need 24 correct to pass)

What Happens if I Fail the Connecticut Commercial Learner's Permit Test?

If you fail any knowledge tests you must wait until the next business day to retake the test. You will be required to complete a new Application for Commercial Driver’s License (DMV Form R-229a) and pay the test fee again.

How long is the Commercial Learner's Permit Valid?

The CLP is valid for a period of 180 days. It can only be renewed one time during the two-year period from the date the original CLP is issued. Applicants must provide printed confirmation notice of self-certification with DMV. Applicants must self-certify through the DMV website, print confirmation notice and bring it to DMV. The fee for renewal is $10.

Military Test Waiver

Active duty, recently separated (within one year of application), or reservist military personnel may be allowed an exemption from the CDL driving skills test based on their holding of a military license, which authorizes operation of military vehicles that are representative of a commercial motor vehicle of a similar class.

Military personnel described above will be granted an exemption from the CDL skills test provided he or she meets all criteria required under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). This exemption applies only to the CDL skills test and does not include any testing requirements for public transportation, school bus, or hazardous material.

All applicants must pass the required knowledge test(s) based on the type of vehicle to be driven. Knowledge tests will be provided at no fee if the applicant is in active duty status, or meets the current military fee exemption criteria. Self certification and medical certification requirements apply.

Applicants must also provide information on all states where they were previously licensed during the past 10 years.

All applicants must present the following:

  • Valid Connecticut Driver’s License
  • Valid U.S. Government Motor Vehicle Operator Identification Card
  • Military Identification Card or DD-214 (if recently separated)
  • Medical certification dated within 2 years and completed by a certified medical examiner found on the National Registry (actual physical or medical certification card must be on file with Connecticut DMV)
  • Self-certification as to the type of commercial driving is required
  • Completed DMV Forms B-88 (fee waiver) and R-229A (application for CT CDL)
  • Social Security card or proof of SSN
  • Evidence that the applicant operated a military motor vehicle representative of the commercial motor vehicle he or she operates or expects to operate for at least the 2 years immediately preceding discharge from the military
  • Completed Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
  • For more detailed information, go to the CT Department of Motor Vehicles website

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