Arizona Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) Qualifications

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division issues commercial driver’s licenses to truck and bus drivers in this state (CDL license). You will need to go to a CDL office to take the exams and submit application and related forms.

You need to be at least 21 if you are going to cross state lines while working. But if you stay intrastate, you can get an Arizona CDL at 18 years of age.

You will need to take at least one knowledge test and a road/skills test. There could be more than one since there are several classes of commercial driver’s licenses in Arizona. Knowledge test scores must be at least 80 percent for you to pass.

There are also some medical requirements for CDL drivers in Arizona and all other states. You may have to take a physical and present documents to DOT before they grant you a license.

As of 2016, there were only 13 offices in the state that were conducting CDL testing and license issuance. You can see the address, phone number, and business hours of those offices by using the page below.

https://www.azdot.gov/mvd/driver-services/commercial-driver-license/cdl-office-locations

Note On Road Test:

The Arizona government has contracts with some companies to conduct the road and skills test for CDL applicants. Some of these are trucking schools or similar outfits. So if you don’t have someone with a truck, you may be able to pay an extra fee to use one of their trucks or buses. The following page has a list of these authorized companies.

https://www.azdot.gov/docs/default-source/mvd-services/authorized-third-party-providers.pdf?sfvrsn=8

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