Steps to Obtaining Your CDL in Baltimore

If you live in Baltimore and are ready to obtain your CDL license, below are the steps you’ll need to take. 

Obtain a Commercial Driver’s Instruction Permit (CDIP)
Before you’re able to apply for a Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), you’ll first need to get a CDIP. This permit is necessary to take part in the driver training that’s required for the CDL.

However, if you hold a current CDL from another U.S. state, D.C. or Canada - or if you have a non-commercial license from Maryland - you may be able to convert it to a Maryland CDL without a permit. Out-of-state learner's permits cannot be exchanged for a Maryland learner's permit or license.

You must be 18 years old to obtain a learner's permit for an intrastate commercial driver’s license, and 21 years of age for an interstate one. Also, you must have a full Maryland driver's license (not a motorcycle license).

To apply for a CDIP, you will need to bring proof of:

Maryland residence

Provide Med Cert Documentation
In Maryland, all CDL applicants are required to present valid Med Cert documentation. This includes, but is not limited to, a DOT card, a skills performance evaluation and a waiver exemption. This applies to those applying for a new license, as well as those who are renewing, duplicating, or correcting an existing CDL. Commercial drivers are also required to submit updated Med Cert documentation to the Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) for the duration of their license.

It’s important to note that, when your commercial driver's medical certificate expires, you must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. 

Additional Requirements
You must pass both a vision screening test and a knowledge test.

For additional information and more detailed information, please visit the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association’s website:

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