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How long is a CDL permit good for before it expires?

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To become a truck driver, one of the first steps you need to take is to get a Commercial Learner’s Permit, also called a CDL permit. This temporary permit allows you to operate commercial vehicles on public roads for training purposes while under the supervision of a qualified CDL holder. 

But how long is a CDL permit good for? What happens if your CDL permit expires? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions and more.  

How long does a CDL permit last? 

A CDL permit typically expires 180 days after the date it is issued. However, the exact duration varies based on your state of residence, so it's best to check with your local DMV to confirm when a CDL permit expires in your state. 

You must hold your CDL permit for at least 14 days before you take a CDL road test. In most cases, applicants also need to complete a CDL training course before they schedule their road test.  

Can you renew your CDL permit before it expires? 

Yes, you can renew a CDL permit before it expires. This must be done within 30 days of expiration. 

If your CDL permit expires, you must: 

  • Reverify your identification information.
  • Retake and pass the knowledge test(s).
  • Repay all the fees associated with getting your permit.

How many times can you renew your CDL permit? 

A CDL permit can be renewed one time within a two-year period for an extra 180 days for no additional fee.  

This means that you essentially have up to one year to prepare for your CDL exam, including the initial 180-day period and the 180-day renewal period. 

How do I get a CDL permit extension? 

To get a CDL permit extension, you need to apply for a renewal with your local DMV. The process usually involves submitting a renewal application, paying a fee and in some cases, retaking the knowledge test. However, as the specific requirements can vary from state to state, it's best to check with your local DMV for up-to-date information. 

Wondering which type of CDL is right for you?

Before applying for a CDL permit, you should decide which class of CDL you want to obtain. Discover which one is right for you by checking out our guide to Class A vs. Class B CDLs. 
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