Oregon CDL License Requirements

To become a truck driver in Oregon, you must first earn an Oregon commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses can vary from state to state, Oregon classifies commercial vehicles that require a CDL to drive as follows:

  • Class A: Combination vehicles with a total weight of 26,001 pounds or above, where the towed vehicle(s) is over 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B: Vehicles weighing 26,001 pounds or more, where the towed vehicle(s) is less than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C: Vehicles weighing under 26,001 pounds, used for transporting sixteen or more passengers or hauling hazardous materials.

According to Oregon CDL requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Oregon driver's license, pass a vision exam 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. Applicants must then pass both a written knowledge exam and an on-road driving test. The State of Oregon 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.

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. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is required to transport hazardous materials (also referred to as a Hazmat endorsement). Truck driving schools will provide the training and education needed to pass the Oregon CDL requirements.

Resources for Oregon CDL Requirements

Visit the Oregon Department of Transportation Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division website for more information.

Directory of Oregon Truck Driving Schools

Albany: IITR Truck Driving School
Address: 1130 NE Old Salem Rd Albany, Oregon 97321
Phone: 541-967-8001

Clackamas: IITR Truck Driving School
Address: 13605 SE Hwy 212 Clackamas, Oregon 97015
Phone: 503-657-8225

Creswell: IITR Truck Driving School
Address: 33817 W Martin Rd Creswell, Oregon 97426
Phone: 541-895-5525

Hillsboro: Elite Truck School
Address: 560 SE 4th Ave, Ste 230 Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Phone: 503-615-8465

Medford: IITR Truck Driving School
Address: 6720 Crater Lake Ave Medford, Oregon 97504
Phone: 541-830-4487

Portland: Western Pacific Truck School of Oregon
Address: 13691 NE Whitaker Wy Portland, Oregon 97230
Phone: 503-788-2212

Redmond: IITR Truck Driving School
Address: 1104 Lake Rd Redmond, Oregon 97556
Phone: 541-504-1465

Roseburg: Umpqua Community College
Address: PO Box 967 Roseburg, Oregon 97470
Phone: 541-580-0390

White City: Rogue Community College
Address: 8495 Crater Lake Hwy, Bldg #240 White City, Oregon 97503
Phone: 541-245-7908

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