Maryland CDL License Requirements

To begin a career as a truck driver in Maryland, you must first obtain a Maryland commercial driver's license (CDL). There are typically three types of CDL licenses that can vary slightly from state to state. The State of Maryland classifies commercial vehicles using the following criteria:

  • Class A: Combination vehicles weighing 26,001 pounds or more, with a trailer exceeding 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Single or combination vehicles exceeding 26,001 pounds, with a trailer less than 10,000 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles under 26,001 pounds carrying 16 or more passengers or transporting hazardous materials

To qualify for a CDL in Maryland, you must be at least 18 years old, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates the transportation of cargo between states. USDOT requires all drivers who transport materials across state lines to be at least 21 years old. Applicants then need to take a general knowledge exam and a practical skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection and an on-road driving test. For the driving test, applicants must use a vehicle in the same class for which they are trying to obtain a CDL license--for example, if you wish to obtain a Class B CDL, you must test in a Class B vehicle.

Additional endorsements are then needed to drive certain types of vehicles including trucks with air brakes, double/triple trailers, tanker trucks or school buses. Endorsements are also needed to transport passengers or to haul hazardous materials (Hazmat). A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is required for a Hazmat endorsement. A truck driving school will provide you with the knowledge and on-road driving skills needed to pass the Maryland CDL exams.

Resources for Maryland CDL Requirements

Visit the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration website for more information.

Directory of Maryland Truck Driving Schools

Baltimore: North American Trade Schools
Address: 6901 Security Blvd, Ste 16 Baltimore, Maryland 21244
Phone: 800-638-5490

Bel Air : Harford Community College
Address: 401 Thomas Run Rd Bel Air , Maryland 21015
Phone: 443-412-2398

Glen Burnie: Annie Arundel Community College
Address: 101 N Crain Hwy Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
Phone: 410-777-2935

Grantsville: Garrett College
Address: 12601 National Pike Grantsville, Maryland 21536
Phone: 301-895-4700

Hughesville: Southern MD Tri-County Community Action Committee Inc
Address: 8383 Leonardtown Rd Hughesville, Maryland 20637
Phone: 301-274-4474

Hunt Valley: Community College of Baltimore County
Address: 11101 McCormick Rd, Ste 108 Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
Phone: 443-840-5835

North East: Cecil College
Address: 1 Seahawk Dr North East, Maryland 21901
Phone: 410-287-6060

Takoma: Montgomery College
Address: 7600 Takoma Ave Takoma, Maryland 20912
Phone: 310-650-1583

Westminster: Carroll Community College
Address: 1601 Washington Rd Westminster, Maryland 21157
Phone: 410-386-8100

Wye Mills: Chesapeake College
Address: PO Box 8 Wye Mills, Maryland 21679
Phone: 410-827-9200

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