Montana CDL Practice Test

We've broken our Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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.

  • Montana 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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CDL Permit Testing in Montana

To get a CDL Learner’s Permit, which you need to have in order to enter attend a trucking school and to undergo CDL testing, you will need to independently study for and pass permit testing (in addition to meeting all eligibility and fitness requirements). To study, you will utilize the Montana Commercial Driver License Manual, and Montana CDL practice tests that you can find online or in books. The CDL Manual will cover everything you need to know for testing, but it’s necessary to learn which parts will be emphasized the most and that you need to memorize in order to pass. You might need to use other sources to aid in your understanding of the manual’s contents.

The exam will only be a written test, not a driving test, as you need to obtain the learner’s permit before you can operate a commercial vehicle and be tested on driving skills. In trucking school, the permit will allow you to complete all of the in-vehicle instruction needed to go through the full CDL test. There may be a minor cost to obtain your Commercial Learner’s Permit, not including other costs incurred leading up to obtaining it.

Commercial Learner’s Permit Eligibility Requirements

In the state of Montana, you must be at least 21 years of age to be eligible to drive commercially intrastate (across state lines) or to transport hazardous materials. You must be at least 18 to obtain a CDL of any kind.

You must also meet driving record eligibility requirements. Disqualification is possible for the same things as for an active CDL-holder. These include alcohol use, drug use, and serious traffic violations that occurred while you were operating any type of vehicle and in any capacity.

You must also meet medical and physical requirements, and have already been examined by an FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) certified medical examiner and obtained a Medical Examiner’s Card. Costs for the exam vary, but it will usually be less than $150 and greater than $35.

Locate a certified medical examiner in your area

After you have obtained your medical card, to begin the process of getting your Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP), you must visit a Montana Department of Justice Driver Services Bureau Driver License Station.

Find your Driver License Station location

It is highly encouraged that you schedule an appointment online or by calling ahead to reserve a place in line before you arrive.

Make an appointment

You will need to bring the following to the Driver License Station:

  • Identification and proof of full legal name
  • Regular Montana driver’s license
  • Proof of a valid Social Security Number
  • Proof of Montana residency

  • Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC)
  • Proof of Legal Presence in the United States--acceptable documents include:

    A valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card; original or certified copy of birth certificate bearing an official seal; a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State; Certification of Naturalization; or Certificate of U.S. Citizenship.

    Proof of legal presence for non-U.S. citizens can include: a valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card issued by the USCIS or INS; Temporary I-551 stamp in valid, unexpired Foreign passport or passport card; Employment Authorization Card; Refugee Travel Document with I-94; Foreign passport with an I-94 Arrival/Departure form

    This list of accepted documents is not exhaustive; all acceptable documentation is listed in detail in the Montana CDL Manual.

    Montana Commercial Driver’s License Manual

  • If you intend to drive hazardous materials vehicles and add a Hazmat endorsement, you must also present your TSA (Transportation Security Administration) background and fingerprint approval and proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence. The TSA background check costs $86.50.

In addition to your medical examination, the Driver Service Station will also perform its own health screening questionnaire, and will administer a vision and hearing test, similar to the process for getting a regular driver’s license. You must have 20/40 visual acuity. Conditions that can affect your eligibility include mental health, blood pressure, heart disease, respiratory disease, and medications. See the CDL Manual for further details on potentially disqualifying conditions.

Commercial Learner’s Permit Knowledge Tests

You won’t know exactly what is on the Montana learner’s permit test until you are taking it, so it’s necessary to thoroughly study the CDL Manual.

See the Montana Commercial Driver’s License Manual

Common topics that are likely to be on the permit tests include, but are not limited to the following, specifically as they relate to commercial vehicles:

  • Questions specific to your intended CDL Class (A, B, or C)
  • Questions specific to your intended CDL Endorsement (Double and Triple Trailers, Passenger, Tank, Hazmat, Hazmat combined with Tank, or School Bus); note that for the learner’s permit, there may be restrictions for some of these endorsements. Permit holders are also restricted from driving vehicles with air brakes. Contact your Driver Service Station to find out whether your desired endorsements are restricted for the learner’s permit
  • Vehicle inspection
  • Vehicle and speed control
  • Shifting gears
  • How to see or anticipate hazards
  • Signaling, communication, and spatial proximity with other drivers
  • Railroad crossings
  • Hazards of distracted and drunk driving
  • Staying alert and physically fit to drive
  • Driving at night
  • Driving in various weather conditions
  • Emergencies on the road and accident procedures
  • Braking
  • Skid control
  • Transporting cargo safely

After you have completed the entire CLP process, you must wait 14 days to be eligible to undergo full CDL testing. An education program in the interim is necessary to be able to learn and practice the skills needed for that testing, as well as in-depth training on governmental regulations and being successful in a career and lifestyle in trucking.

Commercial Learner’s Permit Timeline

  • Review eligibility requirements by contacting your Driver Service Station, using the Montana Department of Justice website, and looking at the Montana Commercial Driver License Manual to ensure that you meet them
  • Locate an FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner near you and complete your medical examination to obtain your medical card
  • Thoroughly study the Commercial Driver License Manual and become prepared for the written knowledge tests for the Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • Go to a Driver Service Station near you with the proper documents in hand; apply for your Commercial Learner’s Permit and undergo a physical screening and vision test
  • Complete your written knowledge tests for the Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • Upon obtaining the CLP, you may enter an education program to get the in-vehicle and other experience necessary to pass the full CDL exams
  • You cannot take the CDL exams until at least 14 days after obtaining the CLP; the CLP is valid for 180 days after issuance

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