North Carolina CDL Practice Test

We've broken our North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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.

  • North Carolina 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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North Carolina CDL Resources

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CDL Permit Requirements

Applicants must complete an application and pay a fee of $40, which is valid for taking the general knowledge exam three times. The fee for a CLP is an additional $20. If the applicant fails three times, an additional application fee can be paid and it will be good for three more attempts.

  • Be at least 18 years old and 21 for interstate operations or transporting hazardous materials.
  • Possess a valid A, B, or C driver license.
  • Provide one document verifying age and identity.
  • A Social Security Card or an official document with a Social Security number listed on it.
  • Two documents proving residency if the applicant is a U.S. Citizen.
  • One government issued document proving legal presence if applicant is not a U.S. Citizen.
  • One document proving liability insurance coverage from a provider licensed to do business in North Carolina.
  • Proof of a clear driving record - NCDMV automatically runs a background check against the Problem Driver Pointer System and the Commercial Driver License Information System databases to check the applicant's driving history in other states.
  • The applicants license is not suspended or revoked, and they do not hold more than one driver license.

Testing locations and hours

The CDL Permit and Skills tests are not offered at every DMV Location. To find a location or to schedule a test, call (919) 715-7000, it is important to note that many DMV offices will be closed to observe 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 North Carolina. Use the official North Carolina 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

​The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles may waive the commercial driver license skills test for military personnel who are currently licensed when they apply and meet program requirements. Military veterans will qualify for exemptions if he or she:

  • Has passed all required written knowledge exams, issued a North Carolina CLP and has held the permit for 14 days.
  • Has not had any driver license or driving privilege suspended, revoked, or cancelled in the last two years.
  • Has not had any convictions involving any kind of motor vehicle, carried more than one license, or refused a chemical test in last two years.
  • Has operated a commercial motor vehicle for a minimum of two years prior to applying.
  • Has signed a Certification for Waiver of CDL Skills Test.

NCDMV’s Commercial Driver Unit will notify the applicant by phone after their waiver has been processed. If approved, the applicant has 30 days from the date of contact to visit a DMV driver license office to be issued their commercial driver license.

CLP Test

The Knowledge Exam in North Carolina is a written exam with 50 questions, of which applicants must answer at least 40 correct.

Depending on the what class of license and endorsements are needed, the following requires additional questions on the knowledge exam

  • Passenger Transport Test - Taken by all bus driver applicants.
  • Air Brakes Test - Which you must take if your vehicle has air brakes, including air over hydraulic brakes.
  • Combination Vehicles Test - Which is required if you want to drive combination vehicles.
  • Hazardous Materials Test - Is required if you want to haul hazardous materials as defined in 49 CFR 383.5. In order to obtain this endorsement you are also required to pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check.
  • Tank Vehicle Test - Is required if you want to haul any liquid or gaseous materials in a tank or tanks having an individual rated capacity of more than 119 gallons and an aggregate rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or chassis
  • Doubles/Triples Test - Is required if you want to pull double or triple trailers.
  • School bus Test - Is required if you want to drive a school bus. This test is administered by School Bus and Traffic Safety section only.

Facts About Commercial Learners Permit in North Carolina

  • CLP is valid for 180 days and can be renewed one time for an additional 180 days.
  • North Carolina issues commercial learner permits and licenses from a central location and mails them to applicants within 20 days. Applicants receive a Temporary Driving Certificate to use until their permit arrives.
  • Driver's must possess a CLP for at least 14 days before applying for a full CDL.
  • Drivers are required to re-take all written test if their license is expired by 30 days.
  • A CLP driver must be accompanied in the front seat by a licensed commercial driver license operator of the same class, or higher, including endorsements

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