New Jersey CDL License Requirements

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

  • Class A: Truck or vehicle combination weighing over 26,001 pounds that is towing a vehicle over 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Truck or bus that weighs more than 26,001 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles requiring a hazardous materials placard, or ones that carry over 16 people (including the driver) but weigh less than 26,001 pounds

To obtain a New Jersey CDL, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid New Jersey driver's license, pass a vision exam 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. CDL applicants must then pass both a written knowledge exam and a driving test. The three part driving test includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test and an on-road driving exam. The State of New Jersey requires that applicants test in the class of vehicle for which they are trying to obtain a CDL--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/NJ_New%20Jersey_dmv_department_of_motor_vehicles.htm

Depending on the type of truck you wish to drive or the cargo you intend to transport, additional endorsement may be required. For example, endorsements may be needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck, a school bus or a truck with double/triple trailers. Endorsements may be needed to transport passengers or to haul hazardous materials. To transport hazardous materials (also referred to as a Hazmat endorsement), a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check may be required. truck driving schools may provide you with the knowledge and skills training needed to pass the New Jersey CDL exams.

Resources for New Jersey CDL Requirements

Visit the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website for more information.



Directory of New jersey Truck Driving Schools



Bayonne: K & M Driving School
Address: 350 Broadway Bayonne, New Jersey 7002
Phone: 908-558-2766

Bayonne: Providence Driving School
Address: 340 Broadway Bayonne, New Jersey 7002
Phone: 201-858-2200

Bloomfield: OCNJ Driving School
Address: 120 Arlington Ave Bloomfield, New Jersey 7003
Phone: 973-429-5500

Bridgeton: Cumberland County Vocational School
Address: 601 Bridgeton Ave Bridgeton, New Jersey 8302
Phone: 856-561-9000 x306

Cherry Hill: Bradway Trucking
Address: 1889 Rte 70 E Cherry Hill, New Jersey 8003
Phone: 856-874-6051

Clifton: Ideal Driving School
Address: 1151 Main Ave Clifton, New Jersey 7011
Phone: 973-773-4030

Edison: Middlesex County College - CDL Training
Address: 2600 Woodbridge Ave Edison, New Jersey 8818
Phone: 732-906-4321

Elizabeth: Express Driving Academy
Address: 102 W Jersey St Elizabeth, New Jersey 7202
Phone: 908-659-0800

Elizabeth: North Avenue Driving School
Address: 1038 North Ave Elizabeth, New Jersey 7202
Phone: 908-355-0004

Fords: Ideal Driving School
Address: 279 New Brunswick Ave Fords, New Jersey 8863
Phone: 732-661-9401

Forked River: Shore Tractor Trailer Training
Address: 2834 Lacey Rd Forked River, New Jersey 8731
Phone: 609-693-3312

Haledon: K & M Driving School
Address: 220 Belmont Ave Haledon, New Jersey 7508
Phone: 973-720-9268

Harrison: Express Driving School Inc
Address: 400 Harrison Ave, 2nd Fl Harrison, New Jersey 7029
Phone: 973-484-9144

Hillside: Joseph's Truck Bus & Tractor Trailer Driving School
Address: 1215 Liberty Ave Hillside, New Jersey 7205
Phone: 973-375-3965

Hopelawn: E-Z Wheels Driving School
Address: 171 New Brunswick Ave Hopelawn, New Jersey 8861
Phone: 732-376-9500

Linden: Winsor's Tractor Trailer Driving School
Address: 3106 S Wood Ave Linden, New Jersey 7036
Phone: 908-862-3252

Middlesex: Mr Driving School
Address: 540 Bound Brook Rd, Ste 4 Middlesex, New Jersey 8846
Phone: 732-926-1341

Newark: Atlas Driving School
Address: 68 Monroe St Newark, New Jersey 7105
Phone: 973-589-6963

Newark: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
Address: 321 Central Ave Newark, New Jersey 7103
Phone: 973-268-3162

Newark: Europa Driving School Inc
Address: 89 Wilson Ave Newark, New Jersey 7105
Phone: 973-589-2021

Newark: North Avenue Driving School
Address: 178 Bloomfield Ave Newark, New Jersey 7104
Phone: 973-483-7833

Orange: OCNJ Driving School
Address: 391 Lakeside Ave Orange, New Jersey 7050
Phone: 973-672-5800

Orange: OCNJ Driving School
Address: 123 Cleveland St Orange, New Jersey 7050
Phone: 973-678-7778

Passaic: E-Z Wheels Driving School
Address: 954 Main Ave Passaic, New Jersey 7055
Phone: 973-470-0190

Paterson: Master Driving School
Address: 12 W Broadway Paterson, New Jersey 7505
Phone: 973-977-9926

Perth Amboy: Express Driving Academy
Address: 170 New Brunswick Ave Perth Amboy, New Jersey 8851
Phone: 908-668-1717

Perth Amboy: Superior Tractor Trailer Training
Address: 225 New Brunswick Ave Perth Amboy, New Jersey 8861
Phone: 732-442-0748

Plainfield: Express Driving Academy
Address: 430 Watchung Ave Plainfield, New Jersey 7060
Phone: 908-668-1717

Plainfield: Jumbool Driving School
Address: 518 Park Ave Plainfield, New Jersey 7060
Phone: 908-769-6556

Pleasantville: Shore Tractor Trailer Training
Address: 1420 S New Rd Pleasantville, New Jersey 8232
Phone: 609-641-9398

Pleasantville: Superior Tractor Trailer Training
Address: 1 S Main St Pleasantville, New Jersey 8232
Phone: 609-383-2500

Rutherford: Jersey Tractor Trailer Training
Address: 201 Rte 17 N, Ste 606 Rutherford, New Jersey 7070
Phone: 201-460-0875

Sewell: Gloucester County College Division of Continuing Education
Address: 1400 Tanyard Rd Sewell, New Jersey 8080
Phone: 856-415-2217

Somerville: Raritan Valley Community College Continuing Education
Address: Route 28 & Lamington Rd Somerville, New Jersey 8876
Phone: 908-218-8874

Stratford: Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey - Stratford
Address: 222 White Horse Pike, Ste G Stratford, New Jersey 8084
Phone: 856-566-0729

Toms River: Superior Tractor Trailer Training
Address: 28 W Water St Toms River, New Jersey 8753
Phone: 732-505-9470

Union: Felito Driving School
Address: 2165 Morris Ave, Ste 21 Union, New Jersey 7083
Phone: 908-687-0100

Union City: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
Address: 2201 Bergenline Ave Union City, New Jersey 7087
Phone: 201-325-4803

Union City: E-Z Wheels Driving School
Address: 1518 Summit Ave Union City, New Jersey 7087
Phone: 201-864-3600

Union City: Ideal Driving School
Address: 2811 Bergenline Ave Union City, New Jersey 7087
Phone: 201-617-9404

Vineland: Bradway Trucking
Address: 1040 N Brewster Rd Vineland, New Jersey 8361
Phone: 856-692-5331

Westampton: Burlington County Institute of Technology - Adult Education Division
Address: 695 Woodlane Rd Westampton, New Jersey 8060
Phone: 609-654-0200 x544

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