Nebraska CDL License Requirements

To become a truck driver in Nebraska, you must first obtain a Nebraska commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses can vary slightly from state to state, Nebraska 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 can transport 16 or more people or vehicles that transport hazardous materials

To obtain a Nebraska CDL, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Nebraska drivers' license and obtain a medical certificate. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) governs the transportation of materials across state lines. Federal regulations require truck drivers hauling materials from one state to another 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 driving test must be taken in a vehicle that matches the class of CDL license you are trying to obtain.

Additional qualifications, or endorsements, are also needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus. Endorsements are also needed to transport hazardous materials (Hazmat) or to transport passengers. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is required for the Hazmat endorsement. A truck driving school in Nebraska will provide you with the foundation to pass the CDL requirements and start your career in truck driving.

Resources for Nebraska CDL Requirements

Visit the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles website for more information.

Learn more about Nebraska trucking schools.

Truck Driver Salary in Nebraska

Location 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Annual Salary
United States $31,270 $48,330 $38,700
Nebraska $30,780 $50,310 $40,350
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA $30,640 $47,140 $37,730

Table data taken from 2015 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes533032.htm)