Does CDL transfer from state to state?

  • Does CDL transfer from state to state?

    Does CDL transfer from state to state?

    Does CDL transfer from state to state?

    CDL Licenses do not transfer from State to State. If you move, you will have to transfer your Commercial Driver’s License to the new state and turn in the old CDL. If you have a personal license (Class D) in one state and receive your CDL in your new state, your former personal license will become invalid. You cannot have two driver’s licenses (personal and CDL) at the same time.

    What do you do if you are moving to a new state?

    If you move to a new state, you must transfer your CDL within sixty days of becoming a resident or before your current license expires. Changing your license over within sixty days of changing address (most states are this way) is very important! If there is a lapse and you are pulled over, you could be ticketed and fined or worse – your license could be revoked!

    How do I change my CDL to a new state?

    This can often be done in person or online. You can visit the State Registry or Department of Motor Vehicles in your new state to change your CDL, or you may find a form online that will need to be filled out in order to complete the CDL changeover. If you change your CDL to a new state, you will likely be charged a transfer fee. This is the same as would happen if you changed a regular Class D license.  You should NOT have to re-test for a CDL, although some states occasionally ask that the written test be taken again. If you have endorsements such as HazMat, etc. you may have to re-test for this in the new state.

    Tax implications are something else to consider when changing states of licensure. You will have to file state and local taxes in the state your license is in, so consider this as well.

    Surrendering your regular license

    Many do not know that your regular license is surrendered when you receive your CDL! A Commercial Driver’s License replaces your regular license.

    That being said, you must be very careful when driving in your own private vehicle, as any tickets or violations can and will absolutely affect your CDL. If you get into an accident off the clock, and your personal driver’s license is revoked, you will not be able to drive your commercial vehicle for work. The CDL replaces the regular license, so professional truck drivers must protect their CDL license. You must remember your actions behind the wheel of a non-commercial motor vehicle still affect your CDL

    A CDL will not be issued if the operator’s privileges are suspended in any state. So if you have a suspended CDL in NJ, you cannot receive a CDL in NY, for example.

    How to Train for a CDL

    NETTTS offers both Class A CDL Training Programs as well as Class B CDL Training Programs. Attending a training school can help to prepare you for getting your Commercial Driver’s License. At NETTTS, instructors teach the basics of CDL trucking, including vehicle maintenance, different components of the vehicle, Federal and State regulations and safe driving techniques, and prepare you to get your CDL Learner’s Permit. You will learn, hands-on in the vehicle and in the classroom, what information you may need to know to pass the written CDL exam.

     

    Get started training for your CDL with NETTTS

    Ready to get started? Don’t waste any time getting working towards new opportunity with NETTTS! Your future as a CDL driver awaits! Act now by finding out more online today or call us at (800) 542-0009. Currently, we’re able to offer you Class A and Class B CDL training in and around the following locations: Pawtucket, RI, North Andover, MA, Bridgeport, CT, and Hartford/Springfield MA.

    Mike Demars

    Mike Demars

    Mike Demars is a 28-year trucking veteran, as well as a graduate of New England Tractor Trailer Training School with well over a million miles logged on the road. Prior to being the Regional Director of Safety & Training for our Connecticut locations, Mike spent over a decade on the road as an owner/operator of a long haul transportation company and previously managed drivers as a Driver Manager and Safety Director. He has achieved the level of Master Instructor and holds his certificate in Collision Avoidance, and is often sought as an industry expert to discuss practices within the field and to testify in transportation and trucking matters.

    Comments (25)

    • Kevin Le

      I just have a general question.
      I know that you said, “If you have a personal license (Class D) in one state and receive your CDL in your new state, your former personal license will become invalid. You cannot have two driver’s licenses (personal and CDL) at the same time.”

      If I were to move from one state to another with a Class D license, how long would it usually take to receive a CDL in the other state?

      Reply
      • Justin Wasserback

        Hi Kevin, that would depend on the state and your level of training. When getting your CDL you will need to pass that state’s testing requirements in order to receive a Commercial Driver’s License. If you feel you are ready to test for your CDL it may be as simple as changing over your Class D and scheduling a test date for your CDL.

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    • Steve
      • Steve
      • January 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I have a CDL for Massachusetts but will frequently need to deliver supplies to Connecticut. I currently hold a dot card. What else do I need to do?

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      • Justin Wasserback

        If you hold a valid CDL and are over age 18 you should be able to deliver interstate without a problem. Do you have a Class A or B right now?

        Reply
    • Pete
      • Pete
      • March 5, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      hi if i have a CDL-B in new hampshire and im moving to florida for a job that needs a CDL-B is that the same . Thanks

      Reply
      • Justin Wasserback

        Hi Pete, if you are moving to Florida then you’ll likely have to transfer to a Florida license and pay any out-of-state transfer fees. Generally, those are less then $100 but you’ll have to check with the county motor vehicles department to find out exactly.

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    • Chase
      • Chase
      • March 27, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      Hello I currently have a CDL A with hazmat, tanker, and double/ triple in Cal I’m thinking of moving to TX and I was wanting to know what I will have to do to get it transferred over to TX, as far as I know I will have to take a written test for hazmat and class C driver license test (written) but everything else will transfer over w/o testing .

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    • David
      • David
      • March 28, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      You mention that “You should NOT have to re-test for a CDL, although some states occasionally ask that the written test be taken again” in regards to transferring a CDL when moving to a new state.

      Could you cite any federal laws pertaining to this? Can a state legally ask me to take whatever CDL test they want even though I’m already a current CDL holder? I was under the impression that they can’t withhold my federal CDL if it’s already been issued to me. The state I live in wants me to take the written test again. I’m in quite a but of doubt over the legality of that.

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      • Jim
        • Jim
        • July 1, 2019 at 11:17 am

        CDL is issued by the state not the federal government. Each state sets its own requirements for the licensing procedures. There are some states that require you to take the written test again when moving into those states.

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    • Brad R Hollinger

      I currently have a CDL class A drivers license in Arizona and plan on moving to Idaho. What is Idaho law. Will I have to retake a written test, or a driving test or just pay a fee.
      Brad

      Reply
    • Husham
      • Husham
      • May 11, 2019 at 10:13 am

      hi if i have a CDL-B in new hampshire and im moving to california for a job that needs a CDL-B is that the same . Thanks

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    • COURTNEY SHERROD CRYER

      I HAVE A QUESTION. HOW DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE IF YOUR CLASS A CDL IS ACCEPTED BY TEXAS DPS TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE STATE OF MISSISSSIPPI?

      Reply
    • Robert Gossweiler

      I have a Florida drivers license,can I take a cdl test in nj with a Florida drivers license I’m in nj for 5 months then go back to florida

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    • justin
      • justin
      • July 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      I have a CDL B license and I am looking for other jobs in other states. My question is will I have to retake the test that I did in New Hampshire to still obtain the CDL B I have now?

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    • Ken lingle

      so im 18 and i live in florida and you can get your cdl here at 18 n drive in the state n im planning to move to a state where you haft to be 21 to drive instate and i was wondering if i could switch that cdl that i have when i got it at 18 and if i can still drive in the other state where you haft to be 21.

      Reply
    • Virginia Flores

      If you have a CDL in California but owe a fine on it but are now residing in AZ. Is the person able to get a regular license in AZ? Also is he legally able to drive a regular vehicle with a suspended CDL? I read where is said the CDL replaces the regular license.

      Reply
    • Marito Casimiro

      I have a NY CDL learners permit Class A right now and by JUNE 2020 I’ll be moving to Virginia Beach VA. Can I exchange my NY CDL learners permit to a VA learners permit?

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    • Adam
      • Adam
      • June 24, 2020 at 11:11 pm

      Illinois requires transfers to be done as if they are brand new applicants. FYI

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    • Maria B.

      What about PR? is considered out of state of you need to do the whole thing again? what are the requirements if can be transferred? thanks!

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      • Justin Wasserback

        That is a very good question and it may vary from state to state depending on where you are in the US. If you will be living in New England please feel free to reach out and give us a call at 800-333-2888 to discuss. Thanks

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    • Hannah
      • Hannah
      • October 5, 2020 at 8:55 am

      If you originally test for an excepted interstate but you need to change to a non-excepted interstate, do you have to retake any tests?

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    • Janet I Wilson

      I reside in MA and have my cdl, but have been offered a cdl driving job in CT, is it legal to drive with my MA cdl for a job in CT ? Can’t seem to find an answer anywhere or from anyone , Would appreciate if you could answer this …Thanks

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      • Justin Wasserback

        Hi Janet, your possible future employer should be able to answer this for you with certainty (in case there are any certain restrictions for this particular job). Generally speaking though, your MA CDL should allow you to have a driving job from another US state so long as your license is valid and kept up to date.

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