We've broken our New York 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York Coil Endorsement is required if you're hauling steel coils in New York State. This will cover the securement of metal coils, a working load limit table, and points of failure for securement.
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To obtain a CDL Permit in New York applicants must meet all of the requirements to get a CDL upon the completion of the general knowledge exam.
There is an application fee of $10.00, there will be an additional $5 fee for any other required tests not taken and passed at the time of initial application.
Applicants should make an appointment online with the local DMV office before arriving to take the exam in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties.
To find an office near you visit the New York State DMV page and enter your location. It's recommended to visit Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as Monday's and Friday's are the busiest days. Most offices are open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., hours vary by location and all offices with "NYSDMV" in the name are closed on the state observed holidays.
These offices are open on Election Day and on all weekdays. The NYSDMV offices are normally open on the weekday before or after a holiday. For example, the offices are open on Christmas Eve if that day is a weekday. Read the list to determine if an office has a different schedule.
Some county DMV offices are open on some State holidays. Some county offices also are closed on days that are not State holidays (for example, Election Day, or the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas). Contact a specific office to get the office hours for these holidays.
To prepare for the General Knowledge Exam, it is recommended you take a certified course in CDL Training as well as CDL Practice Tests in New York. Use the official New York State Commercial Driver's Manual as a study guide. The manual covers the following topics, which will be on the exam:
If you are a military applicant and have previously driven a commercial vehicle for the military, you can complete a waiver form and be exempt from the knowledge exam. To qualify you must:
When taking the written test, applicants are only allowed a #2 pencil, cell phones are not permitted in the testing facility. There are 50 questions on a Class A CDL exam, all of these questions are multiple choice and you must get a score of at least 80% to pass. If you fail, you cannot retake the test on the same day, however you can return and take the exam as many times as you need to pass. There is a $5 charge each time you take the test.
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