California Occupational License

License Title:
    Commercial Driver License
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Motor Vehicles
     Licensing Operations Division
     Commercial Licensing Policy Section

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: P.O. Box 932345, MS-J152
Sacramento,  CA  94232 - 3450

     Phone Number: (800) 777-0133
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Persons operating a commercial vehicle for a fee. Persons operating buses are also required to obtain a commercial driver license.

Application: $71 for Class A or B
Renewal: $42
Class C: $42

Examination Frequency: Vision, knowledge (law), and performance tests must be completed in twelve months from the date of application. Medical exam required.

Exam Locations: See Information and Applications. The written exam can be taken at any DMV office. However, the driving test can only be taken at selected offices. See the DMV Web site for a list.

Experience Requirement: Must be 18 years of age; 21 years for interstate commerce and meet licensing requirements.

Average Time to Process Application: Driving tests average two hours to complete.

Renewal Period: Five year renewal cycle.

Special License Requirements: See the California Commercial Driver Handbook, Section 1 (Additional Requirements).

Comments: The California Commercial Driver Handbook is available at the nearest DMV field office by telephone at 1-(800)777-0133 or on the DMV Web site at

Authority: See the California Commercial Driver Handbook, Section 1 (State Laws and Rules).
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 533032