Nevada CDL License Requirements

In order to drive a commercial vehicle in Nevada, you must first obtain a Nevada commercial driver's license (CDL). In Nevada, a CDL is required to drive the following types of commercial vehicles:

  • 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 obtain a Nevada CDL, 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 interstate transportation of cargo. If you wish to transport materials across state lines, you must be at least 21 years old. All CDL applicants then need to pass a general knowledge exam and a skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control test and an on-road driving exam. 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.

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

Resources for Nevada CDL Requirements

Visit the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles website for more information.

Directory of Nevada Truck Driving Schools

Boulder City: A-1 Truck Driver Training
Address: 1105 Industrial Rd Boulder City, Nevada 89005
Phone: 702-293-7335

Elko: Great Basin College
Address: 1500 College Pkwy Elko, Nevada 89801
Phone: 775-753-2303

Fallon: Advanced Truck School LLC
Address: 160 Campus Wy Fallon, Nevada 89406
Phone: 775-741-5891

Henderson: AGS Consultants LLC
Address: 701 N Green Valley Pkwy 200 Henderson, Nevada 89704
Phone: 702-990-3232

Las Vegas: Giron Driving School
Address: 302 N Maryland Pkwy 2 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Phone: 702-382-6227

Las Vegas: Western Truck School
Address: 3603 Las Vegas Blvd N, Ste 112 Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
Phone: 702-651-8125

N Las Vegas: Southwest Truck Driver Training
Address: 570 W Cheyenne Ave, #200 N Las Vegas, Nevada 89030
Phone: 702-633-5353

North Las Vegas: American Institute of Technology
Address: 4020 E Lone Mountain Rd North Las Vegas, Nevada 89081
Phone: 702-644-1234

Reno: Advanced Truck School LLC
Address: 3005 Ironwood Rd Reno, Nevada 89510
Phone: 775-741-5891

Reno: Nevada Truck Driving School
Address: 3780 N Virginia St Reno, Nevada 89506
Phone: 775-232-4411

Reno : Truckee Meadows Community College
Address: 5270 Neil Road, #216 Reno , Nevada 89502
Phone: 775-829-9010

Sidney: Western Nebraska Community College
Address: 371 College Dr Sidney, Nevada 69162
Phone: 308-635-6740

Sparks: Desert Truck Driving School
Address: 2090-B Kleppe Lane Sparks, Nevada 89431
Phone: 775-342-0522

Sparks: Horizon Commercial Truck School
Address: 8895 Canyon River Ct Sparks, Nevada 89434
Phone: 775-342-0238

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