Wisconsin CDL License Requirements

To start a career in truck driving in Wisconsin, you must first earn a Wisconsin commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses can vary slightly from state to state, Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin CDL, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Wisconsin driver's license, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. To transport cargo across state lines, federal regulations require truck drivers to be at least 21 years old. The interstate transportation of cargo is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and not by state governments. 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, applicants must test in the class of vehicle for which they would like to obtain a CDL license.

Additional knowledge and skills tests may be required depending on the endorsements you need. For example, endorsements are needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker or a school bus. They are also 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 is required. Truck driving schools will provide the training and education needed to pass the CDL requirements in Wisconsin.

Resources for Wisconsin CDL Requirements

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

Directory of Wisconsin Truck Driving Schools

Appleton: Fox Valley Technical College
Address: 1825 N Bluemound Dr Appleton, Wisconsin 54913
Phone: 920-735-5793

EauClaire: Chippewa Valley Tech
Address: 620 W Clairemont Ave EauClaire, Wisconsin 54701
Phone: 715-833-6200

Green Bay: Schneider Training Academy
Address: 911 Glory Rd Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304
Phone: 920-592-6100

Milwaukee: LADA Driver School LCC
Address: 5200 W Mill Rd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53218
Phone: 414-431-1387

Pewaukee: Waukesha County Technical College
Address: 800 Main St Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072
Phone: 262-691-5566

Richfield: Millis Training Institute
Address: 3001 W Holy Hill Rd Richfield, Wisconsin 53076
Phone: 715-284-4384

Sun Prairie: Associated Training Services
Address: 7190 Elder Ln Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590
Phone: 608-837-2851

Sun Prairie: Diesel Truck Driver Training School Inc
Address: 7190 Elder Ln Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590
Phone: 608-837-7800

Waukesha: Professional CDL Training Institute
Address: 1511 Pearl St Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
Phone: 414-218-0093

Wisconsin Dells: Dairyland Diesel Driving School Inc
Address: N382 US Hwy 12 and 16 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
Phone: 608-254-4282

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