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.

    Comments (11)

    • 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?

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      • 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.

        Reply
    • 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?

      Reply
      • 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

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      • 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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    • 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

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