Obtaining a CDL
When ready to apply for your first CDL, come to a local Secretary of State branch office to:
- Show proof of Social Security number (Social Security card, payroll
check stub, W-2 Form).
- If you are applying for a hazardous materials endorsement, you must
present proof of the following:
- Complete an application which includes a statement certifying that you
meet medical and driver qualifications.
If you have had any change in your physical condition since your last driver license renewal which may affect your ability to drive, you may need a special form from the branch office for your physician to fill out before you can apply for your license.
- Meet driver record eligibility requirements as determined by Secretary
of State branch office personnel.
- Pass the required knowledge and vision tests. You must pass all required
knowledge tests to obtain a CDL Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP). This
allows you to practice driving under supervision of a driver who has a CDL
for the type of vehicle you wish to drive. A CDL TIP is also required for
taking the CDL skills tests. If you do not pass a knowledge test on
your first attempt, you must wait one day to retake the test. There is
a one-day wait period for any subsequent retest.
- Pay your CDL fees.
- Schedule your CDL skills test.
You must take the skills tests through an approved third party tester. Third party testers are public and private agencies authorized by the state to conduct CDL skills tests. You should contact a tester well in advance of when you want to test. Once you have passed your CDL skills tests, you must return to the Secretary of State branch office to:
- Pay a correction fee to add CDL privileges to your license.
- Receive your CDL.
Michigan Commercial Driver License Manual