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Commercial (CDL) & Chauffeurs

All CDL transactions are done at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.

New Medical Certification Requirements

Please Note: Failure to comply will result in the CDL license being downgraded immediately to a regular operators' license.

  • As of May 21, 2014, all Department of Transportation medical exams must be performed by "Certified" medical examiners. A complete list of Certified Medical Examiners can be found on the National Registry website, https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov
  • Failure to comply will result in the CDL license being downgraded to a regular operators' license.
  • As of January 30, 2012, all CDL holders will be required to show their Medical Examiners Certificate for all transactions of non-excepted drivers.
  • You must present a valid Medical Card or Certificate to obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP).
  • New Medical Certification requirements: A Guide for Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Holders
  • Self Certification Form

CDL Manual

Rhode Island's Commercial Driver's License Manual.

Eligibility Requirements for a CDL

Applying for a CDL

CDL Tests

  • The written test is given at the DMV headquarters in Cranston.
  • Before taking the skills test you must pass the written portion of the CDL test. If you fail you must wait five business days before taking the test again. After passing all test required you must apply for the permit necessary to take the skills text.
  • The skills test is administered by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). For more information, call (401) 825-1146.

CDL Permit

Applicants must apply for a CDL instruction permit before receiving a Commercial Driver's License. You will receive the instruction permit after completing your written exam. The Applicant must show a valid Medical Card to obtain a permit if they are Self-Certified in a non-excepted status.

CDL Military Skills Test Waiver

The CDL Military Skills Test Waiver form must be used by service members who are currently licensed and who are/were employed within the last ninety (90) days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without taking a skills test. CDL knowledge (written) test(s) cannot be waived. The form must be signed by commanding officer.

The transfer of School Bus (S) and/or Passenger (P) endorsements under this waiver are prohibited.

Chauffeur License

A license issued to drive a limousine, taxi, or small van carrying under 14 passengers is denoted as an "R" restriction on your regular operator's license. You must complete and review: