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What should I know about the commercial learner's permit (CLP) test?

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Most states will allow you to just walk-in and take your permit test without an appointment. You will need to check with your state DMV or licensing bureau on specific requirements for what kind of identification you need to bring.

At minimum, you will need to pass General Knowledge, Air Brakes, & Combination Vehicles tests to get your Commercial Learner's Permit.

If you fail the CLP test, you'll be allowed to take it again, and the rules vary by state. If you've worked through our High Road Training Program, though, that won't be an issue.

What do I need to bring with me to the CLP test?

The most important things to have with you are proofs of identity, citizenship status, and legal residency. The specific requirements may vary by state, but generally you must prove that you are either a citizen of the U.S. or here legally, are who you say you are, and are a resident of that state.

What areas will be covered on the Commercial Learner's Permit exam?

For just the basic learner's permit, there are 3 sections:

  • General Knowledge Test
  • Air Brakes Test
  • Combination Vehicles

Most states will allow you to take all of the additional endorsement tests, except for hazmat, at the same time as your general permit test.

How many questions are on the CLP test?

It will again vary by state, but generally about 50 for the General Knowledge, and 20-25 each for air brakes and combination vehicles. But you've already done hundreds of practice questions on TruckingTruth, so it's really just a drop in the bucket, right?

Official FMCSA methods & requirements for taking & passing the Commercial Learner's Permit test.

How many times can I re-take the CLP test if I fail it?

If you fail the permit test, you will be able to re-take it, but the rules on that will vary by state. Normally, there will be a minimum waiting period, which will increase each time you fail. The best way to avoid having to deal with all of that is to use our totally free High Road Training Program.

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