New York CDL Practice Test

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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York 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.

  • New York Coil Endorsement

    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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How to Get a CDL Permit in New York

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.

CDL Permit Requirements

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.

  • Complete application for a commercial learner's permit, this must be completed in person.
  • Possess a current New York Driver's License
  • At least 18 years of age, however, if you intend to operate in interstate travel, you must be at least 21.
  • Provide proof of legal presence - You must provide original documents (not photocopies), and documents submitted as proof of residence must have your current residence address on it, P.O. Box addresses are not permitted.
  • Proof of your Social Security Number - Can be provided by showing your Social Security Card, Payroll Check Stub or a W-2 Form.
  • Meet the Federal medical examination requirements - To be considered medically qualified, you and your doctor must complete a Medical Examination Report. Once you are cleared by your doctor and the state you will be issued a Medical Examiner's Certificate which must be kept on you at all times.
  • Pass the vision test
  • DMV will check for an open suspension or revocation
  • DMV will check driving record from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the previous 10 years.

Testing locations and hours

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.

General Knowledge Exam

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:

  • Driving Safely - Covers vehicle inspection, basic control of your vehicle, shifting gears, fires, crash procedures, skid control and recovery, seeing hazards, controlling speed, managing space, driving in various conditions including night, fog, winter, hot weather, mountains and more.
  • Transporting Cargo Safely - Covers inspecting cargo, weight and balance, securing cargo, and cargo needing special attention.
  • Transporting Passengers - Covers when a passenger endorsement is required, vehicle inspection, loading and trip start, on the road, after trip vehicle inspection, prohibited practices, use of brake door interlocks.
  • Air Brakes - Covers the parts of an air brake system, dual air brake, inspecting air brake systems, and using air brakes.
  • Combination Vehicles - Covers driving combination vehicles safely, combination vehicle air brakes, antilock brake systems, coupling and uncoupling, and inspecting a combination vehicle.
  • Doubles and Triples - Covers pulling double and triple trailers, coupling and uncoupling, inspecting doubles and triples, doubles and triples air brake check.
  • Tank Vehicles - Covers inspecting tank vehicles, driving tank vehicles and safe driving rules.
  • Hazardous Materials - Covers the intent of the regulations, hazardous materials transportation, communication rules, loading and unloading, bulk packaging marking, driving and parking rules, emergencies and glossary.
  • School Bus - Covers danger zones and use of mirrors, loading and unloading, emergency exit and evacuation, railroad-highway grade crossings, student management, antilock braking systems, and special safety considerations.

Military Exemptions

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:

  • Be currently employed by the military
  • Have left service within one year of your application date
  • Have at least two years of experience driving the commercial vehicle you are applying
  • New York Driver's License
  • Completed application for Military Skills Test Waiver (Form CDL-102), filled out by you and your commanding officer.
  • A medial certificate
  • Proof of military service

CLP Test

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.

Endorsements That Require Additional Questions on the Knowledge Exam

  • H - Hazardous Materials
  • N - Tank Vehicles
  • T - Double/Triple Trailers
  • P - Passenger (also requires additional road skills test)
  • S - School buses (also requires additional road skills test)

Facts About Commercial Learners Permit in New York

  • After passing the general knowledge exam, you will be issued a temporary CLP. Driver's will receive a photo CLP in the mail in approximately 4 weeks.
  • CLP is valid for 180 days
  • CLP can be renewed for an additional 180 days, however drivers will have to re-apply and re-take the appropriate knowledge exam(s). Once a new CLP is issued, the previous CLP will be voided.
  • A CLP is considered a valid CDL for behind-the-wheel training
  • While you possess a CLP, you are only permitted to drive with a full CDL holder in the vehicle, and driver's must stay on public roads.
  • CLP holder must hold a valid driver's license from the same state as the CLP until the applicant possesses a valid CDL
  • Driver's must possess a CLP for 14 days before applying for a full CDL.

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