Nebraska CDL Practice Test

We've broken our Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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.

  • Nebraska 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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Nebraska CDL Resources

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CDL Permit Testing in Nebraska

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 Nebraska Commercial Driver License Manual, and Nebraska 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 state of Nebraska offers an online practice test.

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.

In the state of Nebraska, in order to be allowed in-vehicle practice, you need not only your Commercial Learner’s Permit, but also a Class O driver’s license. Contact the DMV for details. This should be your first action, as it necessitates its own process of application and testing.

See important information about obtaining your Class O license

Commercial Learner’s Permit Eligibility Requirements

In the state of Nebraska, 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. You can be disqualified for similar things as for an active CDL-holder. These include alcohol use, drug use, and traffic violations that occurred while you were operating any type of vehicle and in any capacity, and include leaving the scene of an accident or commission of a felony.

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. Depending on what you intend to do, you must also complete Self-Certification to notify the state of which type of driving (interstate or intrastate) you intend to do. You will need to Self-Certify if you are going to be driving Class A Interstate, which applies to long haul truck drivers. This is done at the time of application for your permit.

Check whether you need to Self-Certify

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 Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Licensing office.

Find your DMV office location

You will need to bring the following to the DMV office. Note that no documents may be faxed or photocopied. See the CDL Manual for detailed information on what types of documents are required and allowed:

  • Proof of a valid Social Security Number
  • Identification
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful status and U.S. based identity containing name and date of birth. Acceptable documentation includes: a valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card; original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority, or outlying possession of the U.S. bearing an official seal; a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State; Certification of Naturalization; Certificate of U.S. Citizenship; a valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card; Employment Authorization Card; Foreign passport with an I-94 Arrival/Departure form
  • Proof of current principal address in Nebraska; address verification documentation can include bank statements, pay stubs, government documents, mail, vehicle registration, insurance policy card, real estate tax statement or receipt, voter registration card, mortgage or rental agreement, or blank check, all issued within the last 90 days and bearing your name and correct address. This list of accepted documents is not exhaustive--see the CDL Manual for all details.

See detailed identification and documentation requirements

In addition to your medical examination, the DMV office may also perform its own health screening questionnaire, and will administer a vision test, similar to the process for getting a regular driver’s license.

Commercial Learner’s Permit Knowledge Tests

You won’t know exactly what is on the Nebraska learner’s permit test until you are taking it, so it’s necessary to thoroughly study the CDL Manual. However, Nebraska offers practice tests. Click the following link, then “Driver License Services,” then “Take a Practice Commercial Driver Exam.”

Nebraska CDL practice tests

Nebraska 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 or B; Class C is not available in Nebraska for CLP-holders)
  • Questions specific to your intended CDL Endorsement (Passenger, School Bus, or Tank vehicle are the only endorsements available to CLP-holders); note that for the learner’s permit, passenger and tanker drivers will have restrictions that disallow driving with cargo or passengers prior to full licensing; the CLP is also restricted to vehicles with no air brakes.
  • 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. The permit is valid for 180 days after being issued.

Commercial Learner’s Permit Timeline

  • Review eligibility requirements using the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles website and Nebraska Commercial Driver License Manual and make sure you meet them; contact the DMV for information on obtaining your “O” driver’s license
  • 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 Nebraska practice test and become prepared for the written knowledge tests for the Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • Go to a DMV office near you with the proper documents in hand; apply for your Commercial Learner’s Permit, and undergo a vision screening, and Self-Certify if applicable
  • 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 cost of the Commercial Learner's Permit, not including other costs incurred during the process, is $12.50.

Read more about the Nebraska Commercial Learner’s Permit

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