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How to Obtain a CDL in Kentucky

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Getting a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) in Kentucky requires passing both a written and road test. There are three types of CDLs in Kentucky, depending on the type of hauling or transporting that is involved. Since 9/11, the federal government has also required a background check before states can issue a CDL to drivers who haul hazardous waste.

Getting a CDL in Kentucky

Compile a list of states where you have been licensed as a driver for the last 10 years. Log onto the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing website (http://transportation.ky.gov/drlic). Click on the link for TC 94-32 and fill out the application for a CDL permit. You can also obtain the application by calling the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing Administrative Support Section at 502-564-0278 ext 5104. The Division of Driver Licensing will take up to 48 hours after submission to review the application.

You can also obtain the application by calling the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing Administrative Support Section at 502-564-0278 ext 5104. Mail the application to the Division of Driver Licensing, 200 Metro St., Frankfort, Kentucky 40622. You can also scan and email the application to kytc.cdl@ky.gov or fax it to the CDL Section at 502-564-3250.

Obtain the CDL manual from the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing by logging on to http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/Kentucky_CDL_Manual_2010.pdf. Study the manual, since the test for the CDL license will include much of the information provided in the manual. When you are tested, you must score 80 percent or higher in each category to pass.

TThe state of Kentucky has three separate types of licensing for commercial drivers: Class A CDL for driving trucks over 26,000 pounds and towing over 10,000 pounds; Class B CDL for driving trucks over 26,000 pounds and towing loads under 10,000 pounds; and Class C CDL for driving commercial vehicles carrying more than 16 passengers. If you obtain a Class A CDL, you can drive vehicles that fall under the lower, class B category. If you wish to transport hazardous materials, you must first obtain your CDL permit. Once you have the permit, call the KSP (1-888-655-9655) to set up an appointment to be fingerprinted. At the KSP Hazmat fingerprinting site, you will need to show two forms of identification, your CDL permit and regular drivers license, and another form of identification, i.e., birth certificate, INS documentation, etc.

Learn to drive a semi truck or school bus through a professional school or private CDL driver. Passing the test involves demonstrating complete mastery of the vehicles driven. In order to get a hazardous materials certification, you will need to take a class in hazardous materials and pass a certification test at the end of the course.

To find a CDL testing site, log on to http://transportation.ky.gov/drlic/cdl/cdl_testing_sites.htm, and select the most convenient location.

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