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:

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.

Learn more about New Jersey trucking schools.

Truck Driver Salary in New Jersey

Location 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Annual Salary
United States $31,270 $48,330 $38,700
New Jersey $35,940 $54,420 $43,860
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ $32,590 $47,370 $38,180
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division $36,600 $50,080 $43,170
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division $39,170 $58,380 $47,060
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division $34,570 $53,270 $42,310
Ocean City, NJ $34,230 $47,690 $38,780
Trenton-Ewing, NJ $37,260 $51,010 $43,980
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ $32,140 $50,300 $40,220

Table data taken from 2015 BLS (