South Carolina CDL Practice Test

We've broken our South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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.

  • South 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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How to Get a CDL Permit in South Carolina

To obtain a CDL Permit in South Carolina, it is important to make sure you are prepared to take the required knowledge tests and skills tests for the vehicle you intend to drive.

CDL Permit Requirements

There will be a $15 application fee, a $2 fee for each knowledge test, and $2.50 for the CLP. The requirements needed to obtain a CLP include:

  • Applicant is a permanent resident of South Carolina
  • Applicant is at least 18 years of age, or at least 21 years of age for interstate commerce or to transport hazardous materials.
  • Applicant has a valid, unexpired driver license
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or proof of lawful permanent residence.
  • Provide Medical Certificate if applicable
  • Pass a background and fingerprint check if applicable.

Testing locations and hours

The type of knowledge tests you must pass depends on the type of commercial vehicle you intend to drive and the cargo you expect to carry. You may take the commercial driver's license knowledge test at any SCDMV branch. Hours vary by location and CDL knowledge tests need to be taken at least an hour before the SCDMV closes. You can find a location nearest you by visiting the South Carolina Locations page, where you will also find approximate wait times. The SCDMV locations will be closed on state 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 South Carolina. Use the official South 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 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 South Carolina 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 Tests

The CLP Tests can be time consuming, and the SCDMV does not allow applicants to take tests after the following times:

  • 4 p.m. if you want to take the general knowledge test or up to two endorsement tests.
  • 3 p.m. if you want to take three knowledge tests (the general knowledge test and up to two endorsement tests).
  • There are no CDL Knowledge Tests offered on Saturdays.

Applicants will automatically fail the test if he/she uses a testing aid, a cell phone, camera, or talks during the test.

CLP Endorsements

  • N - Tanker Vehicle
  • P - Passenger Vehicle
  • S - School Bus

CLP Restrictions

  • P - No passengers in a CMV bus
  • X - No cargo in a CMV tank vehicle

Facts About Commercial Learners Permit in South Carolina

  • CLP is valid for 180 days
  • CLP can be renewed for an additional 180 days within a two year period
  • 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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