Automatic Restriction

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Cody H.'s Comment
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I’m in Michigan and just started with a new company driving local. Unfortunately when I originally took my cdl test I didn’t have access to a manual trans which is what I was hoping to do for this exact reason. My big question is, me or my new employer can’t figure out if you have to redo the whole test over again, or just the driving portion of the test. I can’t find any answers online for my state in particular. No one else seems to know. I’d like to know specifically for Michigan if you have to redo the whole test, driving pretrip and backing, or just the driving portion. Any help would be appreciated thanks. Before anyways makes comments about it, as I previously stated I had no access to a manual transmission equipped vehicle at the time of my test so I had no other choice and I’m doing my best to get rid of the restriction. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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You should only have to do the driving portion of the test. You have already proved yourself competent on the other portions. You will need a CDL driver to ride with you to the testing facility just as if you were a permit holder about to take their first driving test.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Cody, do you have experience with a manual transmission? If not, don't go for the driving test until you are competent. Too much gear grinding and weak downshifting ability can cause a fail with the examiner.

Lindgren M.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info i will try to figure it out for more

Cody H.'s Comment
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I am currently training in a manual. I don’t plan on taking the test until I’m comfortable, the company is working with me, I just want to be prepared to do all the other portions of the test if need be, not that I can’t I can still do my pretrip and incab and what not, backing, but I just want to study reup on it to be safe

Hoeger A.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info i will try to figure it out for more

Nathan S.'s Comment
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I went to CDL school in Ohio. I live in Michigan so maybe this is applicable to your situation. The examiner told me that to get the manual restriction removed from my license I could test in a manual straight truck and my Class A would be upgraded with no manual restriction. So it's a possible workaround if you have any reservations about passing the road test. But from what I understand, you will just have to road test in a manual no other portions of the test need to be retaken.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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