Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) and Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLPs)
NEW REQUIREMENTS EFFECTIVE JULY 8, 2015:
|Applying for a NE Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)?|
When applying for a NE CDL or CLP, you must present documentation of:
1. Valid U.S. Citizenship or Proof of Lawful Status and U.S. Based Identity
Present ONEU.S. Based documentto establish citizenship or proof of lawful status and ONEU.S. Based document to prove identity. Note: #1 - #9 documents can be used to meet requirements for both purposes. Document #10 can be used for proof of U.S. based identity only.
In the event of a name change, you must present one document (certified marriage license, certified divorce decree or court order) that links your new name to the name that currently exists on your license or permit. Lawful Status applicants may use a petition of Name Change.
2. Principal Address Verification
Present TWO documents with your Nebraska principal address listed. A P.O. Box will not be accepted as proof of principal address. Proof of principal address must be from two different issuing sources.
A CLP is a permit which when carried with a Class O license authorizes an individual to operate a class of commercial motor vehicle when accompanied by a holder of a valid CDL for purposes of behind-the-wheel training.
A Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) is valid for 180 days.
The issuance of a CLP is a precondition to the initial issuance of a CDL. The issuance of a CLP is also a precondition to the upgrade of a CDL if the upgrade requires a skills test.
An applicant shall successfully complete all applicable written tests for the class and endorsements of CLP applied for.
A CLP may be renewed once before all applicable written tests must be retaken.
|NEW PERMIT||NEW RESIDENT PERMIT||RENEWAL CLP|
CLP Classes: A and B*
CLP Endorsements: P – Passenger; S – School Bus – N-Tank Vehicle*
CLP Restrictions – K – Intrastate only; L – Vehicles Without Air Brakes; P – no passengers; X – no cargo in tank vehicle; V- Medical Variance; M – No Class A Passenger Vehicle; N – No Class A or B Passenger Vehicle*
*See descriptions of Commercial Motor Vehicle Classes, Endorsements and Restrictions below.
A CDL authorizes the person to whom it is issued to operate a class of commercial motor vehicles or any motor vehicle, except a motorcycle, on highways.
A – Combination of vehicles with Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds
provided the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000
B – Single vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
C – Single vehicle less than 26,001 pounds GVWR, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR comprising of vehicles required to be placarded for hazardous materials or any bus designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver.
CDL ENDORSEMENTS: CDL RESTRICTIONS: H - Hazardous Materials E - No Manual Transmission N - Tank Vehicle I - Intrastate Only (Impaired) P - Passenger K - Intrastate Only S - School Bus L - Vehicles Without Air Brakes T - Doubles/Triple Trailers M - Except Class A Bus X - Combination Tank Vehicle and Hazardous Materials N - Except Class A & B Bus O - Except Tractor Trailer V - Medical Variance required Z - No Full Air Brakes
Class A, B, or C – 21 (interstate), 18 (intrastate)
Licenses issued to individuals under the age of 21 expire on the license holder’s 21st birthday. Licenses issued to individuals 21 or older expire on the license holder’s birthday in the fifth year after issuance.
|NEW LICENSE||NEW RESIDENT||RENEWAL LICENSE|
|Written||Waived with Valid CLP||May Be Waived*||May Be Waived*|
|Skills||Required MUST HAVE VALID CLP||Examiner’s Discretion***||Examiner’s Discretion***|
*A new resident surrendering a valid out-of-state CDL will not be required to take any CDL written tests previously passed (except hazardous materials.)
**Nebraska residents renewing their CDL (up to one year expired) will not be required to take any CDL written tests previously passed (except hazardous materials.)
***Skills tests must be taken with a vehicle representative of the class of license the applicant is applying for.
Drivers must have a valid CLP and hold for a minimum of 14 days prior to taking a CDL skills test.
At least one-day waiting is required to retest when written or skills tests are failed.
Audio versions of the written tests (except hazardous materials) are available at all driver licensing offices through the state.
CDL skills test are administered by appointment only.
When all appropriate CDL written tests are passed and the driver holds the appropriate CLP for at least 14 days, a CDL skills test appointment may be scheduled by calling (402) 471-7983.
The DMV offers an interactive written exam for the general knowledge test as a study guide to prepare you for the general knowledge written test.
These videos are designed to give drivers taking the CDL Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Skills Test examples of how to perform a pre-trip vehicle inspection. These should help demonstrate the amount of information and the flow of how to properly inspect vehicle components and assist in completing the test in an efficient manner. These videos were designed specifically for drivers to watch PRIOR to taking their Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Skills Tests and are intended to augment Section 11 of the Nebraska Commercial Driver License Manual as study material to prepare for the test. Please click on the links below to view the videos:
All individuals applying for or holding a Nebraska Commercial Driver’s License are required to certify to the DMV what type of operation they engage in. If certifying as Category A: Interstate – Non Excepted, drivers are required to provide the DMV with a current copy of their medical examiner’s certificate (card – not long form) and keep current with the DMV. Medical examiner’s certificates (cards – not long forms) should be sent to:
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Driver Licensing Services
P.O. Box 94726
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-3157 (faxed copies)
Dmv.firstname.lastname@example.org (scanned copy)
After May 21, 2014, all Category A: Interstate - Non-Excepted drivers must have their medical examination performed by a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. To find a certified medical examiner, go to the National Registry website at http://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/
Click Here for a chart that will assist in determing how to certify
The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued regulations, which implement provisions of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA). These regulations significantly strengthened the licensing and sanctioning requirements of the CDL Program for truck and bus drivers required to hold a CDL. Click here to find out important information regarding the MCSIA Requirements for CDL Drivers.
Tank vehicle means any commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport any liquid or gaseous materials within a tank or tanks that have an individual rated capacity of more than one hundred nineteen (119) gallons and an aggregate rated capacity of one thousand gallons (1,000) or more and that are either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis. A commercial motor vehicle transporting an empty storage container tank, not designed for transportation, with a rated capacity of one thousand gallons or more that is temporarily attached to a flatbed trailer is not considered a tank vehicle.
Prior to the issuance of a Nebraska CDL with the hazardous materials endorsement, individuals will be required as per the U.S. PATRIOT ACT to have a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment completed. Click here for important information regarding the US Patriot Act Hazmat Requirements. Renewal CDL applicants with the hazmat endorsement who have not completed their security threat assessment process will be granted a one-time 90 day extension per renewal period. The extension will be a letter sent from DMV to the applicant on the actual expiration date of their current CDL. This letter must accompany their expired CDL. The DMV computer record will reflect the updated expiration date.
Any resident of this state who is a seasonal commercial motor vehicle operator for a farm-related or ranch-related service industry may apply for a Restricted Commercial Driver’s license (RCDL). A RCDL authorizes the license holder to operate any Class B or Class C commercial motor vehicle. Any applicant for a RCDL must be 18 years of age or older and must have possessed a valid operator’s or Provisional Operator’s Permit during the twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of application.
A permit which is valid for 180 consecutive days, issued to the holder of a Restricted CDL, authorizing the person to operate a Class B or Class C vehicle. May only be issued once in a 12-month period.
Third party testers are companies that are authorized to conduct the driving skills examination for the issuance of the CDL for a fee. These companies must follow all requirements outlined in title 247 NAC, Chapter 8, Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Rules and Regulations Governing the Certification of Third-Party Testers and Third-Party Examiners for the Commercial Driver’s License. You can view these rules and regulations and obtain a list of third party testers online or by contacting the DMV.
Drivers must have a valid CLP and hold for a minimum of 14 days prior to taking a CDL skills test. Skills tests appointments by Third Party Testers must be made a minimum of two days in advance of testing.
Applicants who are administered CDL skills tests at a third party tester location should be aware that they may be required to retake the skills tests administered by driver licensing staff or at a later date as part of the DMV audit process. If you are asked to retake the skills tests by driver licensing staff and refuse, the issuance of your CDL may be denied. If you fail the CDL skills tests as part of the audit process or do not appear at the time of audit, your CDL may be subject to cancellation.
Third Party Testers that are training schools may administer the CDL skills tests to individuals who have taken training in Nebraska, but are to be licensed in another state.
Service members who are currently licensed and who are or were within the past year (12 months) in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle may use the CDL skills tests waiver form. This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without skills testing. CDL written test(s) cannot be waived. The application form is available on the DMV website or at any Driver Licensing office. The transfer of School Bus (S) and/or Passenger (P) endorsements under this waiver program are prohibited.
Non-Domiciled CDLs are issued to applicants that:
Non US Citizens obtaining a CLP or CDL must prove lawful status every time they apply for a document and verity thru the SAVE program. Non US Citizens presenting a Permanent Resident Card (I-551 card or stamp) are issued a Limited Term CLP or CDL document. Non US Citizens presenting a Record of Arrival and Departure (I-94) or Employment Authorization Card (I-766) are issued a Non Domiciled CLP or CDL document.
For additional information please contact the DMV home office at 402-471-3861.