In order for a driver to receive their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), they must submit their application and pass all the components involved in the process. In order to apply for a CDL in the state of Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety states that an individual must:

  1. Apply in person at any driver license office and complete the appropriate application.
  2. They are also required to present documents that verify your identity. These documents will vary based on whether they are a U.S. citizen or are living in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident.
    • They may be asked to present more than one document to verify their identity and it is important that the information on all documents matches each other.
    • If they present multiple documents that have conflicting information, they may be asked to supply additional documentation.
  1. Present documents to verify Texas residency.
  2. Show proof of a Social Security Number. The state does not allow an individual who doesn’t have a Social Security Number to apply for a CDL.
  3. Meet the medical certification requirements. If an individual suffers from a medical condition, they may be asked to present a medical examiners certificate.
  4. If they are from a foreign jurisdiction other than Canada and Mexico, they are required to meet the nonresident commercial requirements.
  5. Present proof of their Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance on all vehicles that are registered in their name.
  6. Complete the Supplement Application Texas Commercial Driver License Certifications and Record of CDL Examination. That application can be accessed by clicking here.
  7. Consent to be photographed, fingerprinted and provide their signature.
  8. Pass the vision test.
  9. Pass the knowledge tests for the appropriate driver license including any endorsements they wish to obtain. The knowledge tests must be taken in the following order:
      1. Texas Commercial Rules
      2. General Knowledge
      3. Combination (Class A Only)
      4. Air Brake (If applicable)
      5. Endorsements
  1. Pay the required fee. This can be done with a credit card, cash, money order or a non-temporary check.
  2. Provide a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for the driving test. This vehicle must be the same type of vehicle that the individual is applying for a license to operate.
  3. Take and complete the following tests:
      1. Skills Test
        1. Vehicle Inspection Test
        2. Basic Vehicle Control Test
        3. Road Test

The applicant must present a valid driver license and valid (unexpired) CLP (if necessary) prior to taking the Skills Test.


To find out what other requirements the Texas Department of Public Safety requires individuals to meet before obtaining a CDL, contact them at 512-424-2600.


Involved in an accident with a commercial truck in Corpus Christi, TX?


While a majority of the truck drivers out on the roadways today are properly licensed, there are some that aren’t and if you were involved in a truck collision with someone who wasn’t trained or qualified to be operating a CMV, contact today.

While the state requires that a driver obtain their CDL license before they are permitted to operate a commercial truck, there are companies out there that neglect to follow state laws and allow drivers to get behind the wheel who aren’t qualified or trained to do so. And if you have been involved in a truck collision with a truck driver in Texas who you believe isn’t properly licensed or wasn’t qualified to be driving, you are encouraged to contact today.

We can place you in touch with some of the best truck crash attorneys in Corpus Christi, TX who will help you take swift and immediate action against the negligent company who allowed the inexperienced driver to get behind the wheel.