Commercial Driver Licensing

Commercial Learner's Permits: The Nevada DMV issues Commercial Learner Permits (CLP) in lieu of Commercial Driver’s License Instruction Permits (CDL IP) effective May 9, 2016.

Any change to an existing CDL Instruction Permit will result in a new CLP being issued. The driver must follow all CLP requirements.

A CLP has the following requirements:

  • Must have a base non-commercial or commercial license to be issued a CLP
  • Must have a CLP to get a CDL
  • Is valid for 180 days
  • Must be held for 14 days prior to taking a skills test
  • If skills testing with a Third Party certifier, the test must be scheduled 4 days prior to testing

General Information Top ↑

Truck and Driver

You must have a Commercial Driver License (CDL) to drive a commercial motor vehicle.

A commercial motor vehicle is a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle —

Age Requirements

How to Apply

Residency & Proof of Identity Top ↑

You must present Proof of Identity, Social Security Number and Proof of Nevada Residency if you have never had commercial driving privileges in Nevada or if you are upgrading your existing CDL to a Real ID.

You must present:

Proof of Identity Social Security Number
  • State-issued birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Valid, unexpired United States Passport or United States Passport Card
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • Out-of-state driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card that contains a Real ID marking approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    Note: Any Real ID card marked “limited term” is not acceptable for proof of name and date of birth; acceptable immigration documents must be shown.

Born Outside the U.S.

  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N-600)

Permanent Residents

  • Permanent Resident Card (I-551). If the card is expired, you must also present a Notice of Action (I-797) showing an approved extension.

Limited-Term Residents

Licenses will be marked "LIMITED TERM."

  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Card
  • Valid, unexpired foreign passport with unexpired U.S. Visa and an I-94 form
  • Social Security Card
  • W-2
  • IRS Form 1099
  • Paystub

Documents must list the complete Social Security number.

See Documents You Need for a Social Security card on the SSA website if you do not have proof of your number.

Veterans - Honorably-discharged U.S. military veterans may have a Veteran designation placed on their license or ID. Present evidence of honorable discharge.

Documents must be valid originals or certified copies that were issued in the United States (except for foreign passports). The DMV does not accept photocopies.

Maiden Name/Name Changes - If your passport or other document listed above contains your current legal name, you do not need to provide proof of a name change.

If your proof of identity document does not contain your current full legal name, you must present documentation of any name change(s).

This may include a marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption records or court order.

In a case of multiple name changes, you may be asked for marriage certificates or other proof of each change. Divorce decrees must reference the maiden name or former name before marriage.

If you lack these documents, contact your state or county Vital Statistics Office. A list is available from the National Center for Health Statistics. You may also use or a similar commercial service. Contact the Social Security Administration if necessary.

The DMV does not accept:

  • Hospital-issued birth certificates
  • Driver’s licenses or identification cards from other U.S. states, U.S. Territories or foreign countries unless they contain a Real ID marking
  • Foreign birth certificates
  • Border crossing cards
  • Consular identification cards

Residents of all U.S. territories and foreign countries must meet the Proof of Identity requirements and take vision, knowledge and skills tests to qualify for a driver license.

Proof of Nevada Residency Top ↑

You must present two of the following documents for any original Nevada Commercial Learner's Permit or Commercial Driver's License.


Commercial Learner Permits Top ↑

Nevada now issues Commercial Learner Permits (CLP) rather than Instruction Permits. Nevada does not issue "Non-Domiciled" CLPs to residents of other U.S. jurisdictions.

Any change to an existing CDL Instruction Permit will result in a new CLP being issued. The driver must follow all CLP requirements.

You must obtain a CLP if:

Here are the requirements for a commercial learner's permit:

  • You must hold a valid Nevada non-commercial or commercial driver's license.
  • You must present proof of identity and lawful status in the U.S. See Proof of Identity above.
  • You must certify the type of driving you will do. See Self-Certification.
  • If you certify you are a non-excepted driver, you must present a valid Medical Examination Card.
  • You must pass all of the required knowledge tests for your license class and endorsements.
  • Interpreters are not allowed for testing.
  • You must complete an Application for Commercial Driving Privileges (CDL 002 - PDF)
  • Fees are $58.25.

A CLP may have only the following endorsements. No others may be listed.

  • Passenger (P). The P restriction must be added.
  • School Bus (S). The P restriction must be added.
  • Tanker (N). The X restriction must be added.

All other endorsements are added to the CDL once you pass the appropriate knowledge test.

For more information on school buses, see Section 10 of the CDL Handbook.

If you wish to change vehicle class, endorsements or restrictions that require a skills test, you must obtain a new CLP and all CLP rules start over.

CLP Expiration and Renewal

A Commercial Learner's Permit is valid for 180 days from the date of issuance. Permits can be renewed, but you may have to retake tests.

Plan ahead and avoid these pitfalls:

  • If you renew your CLP, you will need to retake all CDL skills tests even if you have passed one or more portions. Skills tests may not be banked.
  • If your CLP is expired for more than 30 days, you must retake all knowledge tests.
  • If you renew your CLP a second time, you must retake all knowledge tests.

Driving with a CLP

You may drive only under the direct supervision of a CDL holder who:

  • Is at least 25 years of age
  • Has been issued a CDL for the proper class and endorsements necessary for the type of vehicle being operated
  • Has had at least 1 year of licensed commercial driving experience in the class and endorsement necessary for the type of vehicle for which the CLP was issued
  • Must at all times be physically present in the front seat of the vehicle next to the CLP holder, or in the case of a passenger vehicle, directly behind or in the first row behind the driver

A CLP holder with a (N) tanker endorsement may only operate an empty tank vehicle and is prohibited from operating any tank vehicle that previously contained hazardous materials that has not been purged of any residue.

See Commercial Driving Schools for a list of licensed private schools.

Skills Testing

You must hold a CLP for at least 14 days prior to any skills test. If your testing will be done by a Third Party Certifier, it must be scheduled at least four days in advance. Interpreters are not allowed during skills testing.

  • DMV skills tests are administered only by appointment at CDL Offices.
  • A number of larger companies and organizations employ Third-Party Certifiers to test their employees.
  • Some commercial driving schools employ Third Party Certifiers.

The fee to complete a CLP and issue a CDL is $58.25.

CLP Out-of-State Issues and Answers

  • Nevada CLP holders may complete their skills tests in another state.
  • Out-of-state CLP holders may not be skills tested in Nevada.
  • Nevada does not issue "Non-Domiciled" CLPs.

Handbooks & Forms Top ↑

PDF Help

Third Party Companies & Schools

Third Party Certifiers

CDL Offices Top ↑

North Las Vegas DMV
North Las Vegas CDL Office

You must visit a CDL office for all commercial license transactions.

For general questions on commercial licensing, send an email or call one of our main numbers:

Las Vegas area (702) 486-4368 option 6
Reno/Sparks/Carson City (775) 684-4368 option 6
Elsewhere in Nevada (877) 368-7828 option 6

Call the office directly at the numbers below to schedule a skills test.

Ready to go? Get in line before you leave! We'll text or call you with an estimated wait time, then keep you up to date as your turn approaches. You don't have to wait at the DMV office! The Carson City office also offers appointments for all services except knowledge tests.

Use the office phone numbers below only to schedule a driving skills test. You must pass any required knowledge test before scheduling a skills test. See Fees for fee information.

Carson City
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0400
8a-5p M-F | Get Map
(775) 684-4861


3920 E. Idaho Street
Elko, NV 89801-4970
8a-5p M-F | Get Map
(775) 753-1126


  • Text dmvelko to (347) 482-0834
  • Call (844) DASHPASS (844-327-4727 option 5)
  • Join online

North Las Vegas
4110 Donovan Way
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
8a-5p M-F | Get Map

DASH PASS is not available at this office.

810 E Greg St.
Sparks, NV 89431
8a-5p M-F | Get Map
(775) 688-2535


  • Text dmvsparks to (347) 507-2935
  • Call (844) DASHPASS (844-327-4727 option 6)
  • Join online

3505 Construction Way
Winnemucca, NV 89445-3155
8a-5p M-F | Get Map
(775) 623-6515


  • Text dmvwinnemucca to (347) 482-0825
  • Call (844) DASHPASS (844-327-4727 option 3)
  • Join online

DUI Revocation/Suspension Rules Top ↑

According to federal regulation 49 CFR 383.51, upon receipt of a DUI conviction, a Commercial Driver License will be suspended for one full year (three full years if carrying hazardous materials) for a first offense and for life upon a second or subsequent offense.

A commercial license has two parts: a commercial side (CDL) and a non-commercial side (NCDL). When a driver’s NCDL is revoked or suspended, the CDL is also affected. If he is convicted of a first DUI offense by the court, his NCDL will be revoked for 90 days and his CDL privilege will be suspended for at least one year.

Between the time when a person is arrested for a possible DUI and when he is convicted of DUI by a court of law, there may be a period of time when his license will be revoked. When the court convicts him of the DUI, the commercial side of his license must be suspended for at least one full year. The non-commercial side of his license must also be revoked. However, the number of days he already went without a license can be applied to the end of his non-commercial license penalty period. This would allow him to shorten his 90-day NCDL penalty period by the number of days he is credited. His CDL will still remain suspended for at least one full year.

For example, if a conviction is received for a CDL holder or any individual who was driving a commercial motor vehicle, his CDL will be suspended and his NCDL will be revoked. If the individual went without his license for, say, five weeks, that five weeks may be credited to his NCDL penalty period. He may apply for reinstatement of his NCDL five weeks sooner than the end of his 90-day penalty period. however, No credit will be applied to the 1-year CDL suspension.

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