by Chris Grigas

Obtaining a CDL in Michigan


As part number two of our blogs about commercial driver’s license we will now discuss the specific requirements for obtaining a CDL in the State of Michigan.

In the State of Michigan when applying for a commercial driver’s license, an applicant must provide the following information, according to www.michigan.gov :

  • Social Security Number
  • Legal proof of residence in the United States
    • If applying for a hazardous material endorsement (A Class C CDL) you must complete a Federal Security Threat Assessment and a U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident Form
  • A complete application from your potential employer, which should include a statement certifying you meet medical and driver qualifications
  • Proof that you meet driver record elegibility requirements as determined by the Secretary of State branch peronnel
  • Proof that you have passed the required knowledge and vision tests.
    • This step will allow you to obtain your Commercial Learner’s Permit which will allow you to practice driving a commercial motor vehicle under the supervision of an already licensed commercial driver.

Once you pay the fees for your CDL you will then have to schedule your CDL Skills test. This is test to determine your knowledge in three different, key areas of trucking:

  • Vehicle inspection measuring ability to perform a vehicle safety check
  • A basic control skills test
  • A driving test

If you pass all three of these sections, the state will then issue you a commercial driver’s license.

Obtain a commercial drivers license can be a difficult and arduous task for some people. However, for those who are dedicated and follow the necessary steps the reward is well worth the time and effort that is put into it.

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