Oregon CDL Practice Test

We've broken our Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon 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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How to Get a CDL Permit in Oregon

Determining if you need a CDL in Oregon depends on the type of driving you intend to do which will determine the qualifications you will need as a commercial driver.

CDL Permit Requirements

There is a testing fee of $10 to take the knowledge exam, the fee for a CLP is $23.50 and is valid for one year.

  • Have or meet the qualifications for an Oregon Driver License (non-commercial Class C).
  • Be at least 18 years of age to drive intrastate and 21 to drive interstate
  • Present proof of your full legal name, legal presence in the U.S., identity, date of birth and residence address
  • Provide your Social Security Number on the application
  • Fill out the application and indicate that you have at least one year driving experience in at least a non-commercial Class C vehicle
  • Pass the CDL General Knowledge Test (offered in English only)
  • Pass the combination vehicle knowledge test (Class A commercial learner permit only)
  • Complete requirements for any commercial driver license endorsements you may need
  • Pass a vision screening
  • Submit a copy of a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate and, when required, a State medical waiver
  • Pay the applicable fees
  • Not be suspended or otherwise disqualified from holding a commercial driver license in any state

Testing locations and hours

Office hours vary by location, it is important to check on your local DMV office. You will also find approximate wait times for each location as well as inclement weather closings. DMV offices observe statewide holidays and may be closed.

General Knowledge Exam

DMV will waive all Commercial Knowledge Tests EXCEPT the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Test if you surrender a current, valid commercial driver license from another jurisdiction for a comparable Oregon Commercial Driver License.

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 Oregon. Use the official Oregon 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 skills test portion of the State CDL Testing process may be waived for individuals who have experience driving commercial motor vehicles for military purposes. Military personnel must meet the following requirements:

  • Currently possess a Oregon driver’s license
  • Complete an Application for CDL Skills Test Waiver Military form
  • Military Letter (page 2 of application) must be completed by Commanding Officer or appropriate administrative office within the last 30 days
  • Clean driving record for the past 2 years
  • Currently employed or have been employed within the last 12 months in a military position (requiring CMV operation)
  • Exempted from the CDL licensing requirements due to active duty military status
  • Have been operating a CMV in the military for at least the last two years (or two years immediately preceding discharge from the military)

CLP Test

The general knowledge test is a written exam that consists of 50 multiple choice questions, of which applicants must answer a minimum of 40 correct.

Knowledge exams needed are:

  • General Knowledge Test - Required for commercial learner permit applicants
  • Combination Vehicles Test - Required to drive Class A combination vehicles
  • Air Brakes Test - Required to drive vehicles with air brakes
  • Passenger Endorsement Test - Required to drive Class A or B vehicles designed to transport persons in commerce or Class C vehicles designed to transport 16 persons or more, including the driver.
  • Tank Endorsement Test - Required to haul liquids or gas in bulk
  • School Bus Endorsement Test - required to transport students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school sponsored events
  • Hazardous Materials Endorsement Test - Required to haul hazardous materials or waste in amounts which require placards. Must also take test to renew.
  • Doubles/Triples Endorsement Test - Required to pull double or triple trailers

Facts About Commercial Learners Permit in Oregon

  • 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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