Arizona CDL License Requirements

To pursue a truck driver career in Arizona, you may be required to obtain an Arizona commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses may vary slightly from state to state, Arizona categorizes commercial vehicles as follows:

  • Class A: Combination vehicles weighing over 26,001 lbs. with trailers weighing over 10,000 lbs.
  • Class B: Vehicles weighing over 26,001 lbs. with trailers less than 10,000 lbs.
  • Class C: Vehicles under 26,001 lbs. carrying sixteen or more occupants (including the driver) or trucks transporting hazardous materials

To qualify for a CDL in Arizona, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Arizona driver's license and obtain a medical certificate. Interstate transportation of cargo is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), which requires drivers to be at least 21 years old to transport materials across state lines. Applicants must then pass both a written knowledge exam and an on-road driving test to obtain a CDL. For the driving test, you must use a vehicle in the same class for which you are trying to obtain a CDL license--for example, if you wish to obtain a Class A CDL, you must test in a Class A vehicle. Ref. http://www.azdot.gov/index.asp

To drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck, a school bus or a truck with double/triple trailers, additional endorsements may be needed. Endorsements may also be needed to transport hazardous materials or to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver). A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be required to transport hazardous materials (also referred to as a Hazmat endorsement). Truck driving schools in Arizona may provide the training and education necessary to pass the CDL exams.

Resources for Arizona CDL Requirements

Visit the Arizona Department of Transportation website for more information.



Directory of Arizona Truck Driving Schools



Glendale: Glendale Community College Tractor Trailer Driving
Address: 6000 W Olive Ave Glendale, Arizona 85302
Phone: 623-845-3294

Kingman: SAGE
Address: 1971 Jagerson Ave, #200 Kingman, Arizona 86401
Phone: 866-622-2351

Phoenix: American Institute of Technology
Address: 440 S 54th Ave Phoenix, Arizona 85043
Phone: 602-233-2222

Phoenix: CDL Truck School Inc
Address: 1313 N 25th Ave Phoenix, Arizona 85009
Phone: 602-278-9159

Phoenix: Southwest Truck Driver Training
Address: 849 S 59th Ave Phoenix, Arizona 85043
Phone: 602-352-0704

Phoenix: Swift Driving Academy
Address: 2200 W 75th Ave Phoenix, Arizona 85043
Phone: 866-902-2043

Phoenix: Western Truck School
Address: 6025 N 27th Ave, Ste 2 Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Phone: 602-266-5250

Tucson: HDS Truck Driving Institute
Address: 6251 S Wilmot Rd Tucson, Arizona 85706
Phone: 520-721-5825

Tucson: Pima Community College CTD Career Training
Address: 6680 S Country Club Rd Tucson, Arizona 85709
Phone: 520-206-6424

Tucson: Southwest Truck Driver Training
Address: 1230 W Glenn St Tucson, Arizona 85705
Phone: 520-620-6350

Tucson: Western Truck School
Address: 4726 S Country Club Rd Tucson, Arizona 85714
Phone: 520-806-8290

Yuma: California Career School
Address: 1550 S Castledome Ave Yuma, Arizona 85365
Phone: 800-499-6585

Yuma: California Career School
Address: 4100 S Arizona Ave Yuma, Arizona 85365
Phone: 928-261-9877

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