Florida CDL License Requirements

To drive a commercial vehicle in Florida, you must first obtain a Florida commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses may vary slightly from state to state, Florida categorizes commercial vehicles as follows:

  • Class A: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds that tow trailers or other vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds and tow trailers or vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds
  • Class C: Operate vehicles that may transport 16 or more people or vehicles that transport hazardous materials

To obtain a Florida CDL, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Florida drivers' license and obtain a medical certificate. Transportation of cargo across state lines is regulated by the federal government and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). USDOT requires all drivers who transport materials across state lines to be at least 21 years old. CDL applicants must then pass a written knowledge exam and a three part skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test and an on-road driving exam. The State of Florida requires that you test in a vehicle that matches the class of CDL you are trying to obtain--for example, you must test in a Class A vehicle if you wish to obtain a Class A CDL. Ref: http://www.dmv-department-of-motor-vehicles.com/FL_Florida_dmv_department_of_motor_vehicles.htm

Additional qualifications in the form of endorsements may be needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus. Endorsements may also be needed to transport hazardous materials or to transport passengers. To transport hazardous materials, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check (also known as a Hazmat endorsement) is required. Florida truck driving schools may provide you with the training and on-road driving experience needed to pass the CDL exams.

Resources for Florida CDL Requirements

Visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website for more information.

Directory of Florida Truck Driving Schools

Avon Park: South Florida Community College
Address: 600 W College Dr Avon Park, Florida 33825
Phone: 863-453-2250

Chipley: Washington Holmes Technical Center
Address: 757 Hoyt St Chipley, Florida 32428
Phone: 850-638-1180

Davie: McFatter Technical Center
Address: 6500 Nova Dr Davie, Florida 33317
Phone: 754-321-5753

Fort Pierce: SAGE
Address: 3209 Virginia Ave, MS -C210 Fort Pierce, Florida 34981
Phone: 866-832-7243

Green Cove Springs: National Training Truck Drivers School
Address: 5660 County Rd, 209 Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
Phone: 904-284-5785 

Hialeah Gardens: A & D Alternative Trucking
Address: 14420 NW 107th Ave Hialeah Gardens, Florida 33018
Phone: 305-815-3232

Jacksonville: Cypress Truck Driving School
Address: 1414 Lindrose St Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Phone: 904-224-5050

Jacksonville: Florida State College at Jacksonville
Address: 101 State St W Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: 904-633-8100

Jacksonville: Roadmaster
Address: 1409 Pickettville Rd Jacksonville, Florida 32220
Phone: 904-783-3333

Labelle: Key Power Driving School Inc
Address: 250 E Cowboy Way Labelle, Florida 33935
Phone: 863-675-0755

Lake Worth: The CDL School
Address: 2001 10th Ave N, Ofc 7A Lake Worth, Florida 33461
Phone: 561-434-4005

Lecanto: Associated Training Services
Address: 8546 W Homosassa Trl, Ste 5 Lecanto, Florida 34448
Phone: 866-933-1575

Miami: Key Power Driving School Inc
Address: 3790 NW 11th St Miami, Florida 33126
Phone: 305-371-5555

Miami : The CDL School
Address: 7751 NW 27th Ave Miami , Florida 33147
Phone: 305-638-2200

Miami: The CDL School
Address: 7900 NW 27TH Ave, Spc D-3 Miami, Florida 33147
Phone: 305-835-6656

Miami Lakes: Miami Lakes Educational Center Adult Division
Address: 5780 NW 158th St Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
Phone: 303-557-1100

Milton: Truck Driver Institute
Address: 5750 E Milton Rd Milton, Florida 32583
Phone: 800-709-7364

Ocala: Central Florida Community College - Truck Driving School
Address: 3001 SW 67th Ave Ocala, Florida 34474
Phone: 352-873-5800

Orlando: Mid Florida Tech
Address: 2900 W Oak Ridge Rd Orlando, Florida 32809
Phone: 407-251-6047

Orlando: Roadmaster
Address: 6000 CinderLane Pkwy Orlando, Florida 32810
Phone: 407-532-3619

Palm Coast: Flagler Technical Institute
Address: One Corporate Dr Palm Coast, Florida 32137
Phone: 386-447-4345 x1821

Sanford: Truck Driver Institute
Address: 3700 St Johns Pkwy Sanford, Florida 32771
Phone: 800-554-7364

St Petersburg: Pinellas Technical Education Centers
Address: 901 34th St S St Petersburg, Florida 33711
Phone: 727-893-2500

Starke: Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center
Address: 609 N Orange St Starke, Florida 32091
Phone: 906-966-6764

Tallahassee: Metropolitan Trucking Inc
Address: 325 W Gaines St Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 305-756-4235

Tampa: Roadmaster
Address: 5411 W Tyson Ave Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: 813-626-2400

Tampa: Truck Driver Institute
Address: 4710 E 7th Ave Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: 813-248-9990

Winter Haven: National Business Institute of Florida
Address: 5300 Recker Hwy Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Phone: 863-294-1112

Winter Haven: Ridge Career Center
Address: 7700 State Rd 544 W Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Phone: 863-419-3060

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