Pennsylvania Commercial Drivers License

Are you interested in obtaining or modifying your Pennsylvania commercial drivers license (CDL)? We've compiled important information on renewing, replacing and changing the information on your CDL, so you can complete the process and get on the road! 

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance services in Pennsylvania can facilitate the processes involved in many DOT related services by providing invaluable information and step-by-step instruction on how best to proceed. Whether you are looking to renew, replace or get a new PA driver’s license or ID card, online application assistance services can help with these and many more. Other benefits include one-click access to an entire inventory of official Pennsylvania forms and publications, as well as other useful PA resources.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DVS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DVS.

3: Via a DVS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DVS office. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DVS allows you to make a personal appointment.




A commercial drivers license typically applies to those interested in obtaining a truck license, a semi license or a bus license to operate vehichles over certain weights and passenger capacities. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a new Pennsylvania commercial driver's license. In addition, you must hold a valid driver's license, and have passed a state-approved vision test. When you arrive at the Pennsylvania motor vehicle office make sure to bring:

Depending upon the class (classes A, B, or C) of Pennsylvania CDL license you are applying for you will need to bring payment for applicable fees for your written and skills test. A list of these fees and requirements necessary to obtain your new Pennsylvania CDL license can be found in our Pennsylvania CDL License Easy Guide.

According to the FMCSA there are three CDL Classes:

Class A -- Any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Class B -- Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.

Class C -- Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.

You may need to add an endorsement to your new Pennsylvania CDL license. Endorsements include special classes of CMV's such as:

  • H - Vehicles transporting hazardous materials
  • N - Tank vehicle
  • P - Passenger
  • S - School Bus
  • T - Double/Triple Trailers
  • X - Combination of tank vehicle and hazardous materials endorsements

If you operate a CMV that transports hazardous material you must first submit to a background check and fingerprinting. You could be disqualified from transporting hazardous materials and would not be able to obtain the endorsement necessary to obtain a new Pennsylvania CDL license if you are found guilty of a serious crime.

All the requirements, along with the forms you will need to acquire your new Pennsylvania CDL license, can be found right here.

Renew Pennsylvania CDL License

Is your CDL license about to expire? Whether you are going to renew your Pennsylvania CDL license online, by mail or in person, you'll want to make sure you know exactly what to bring with you and what is required.

For a checklist of everything you need to renew your Pennsylvania CDL license, click here. 

In Pennsylvania you only have the option of renewing your CDL license in person at your local motor vehicle office and will need to bring the necessary documents to your local office for a Pennsylvania CDL license renewal. Browse more information on the Pennsylvania DVS site. 

Before you renew your Pennsylvania CDL license, it will be checked against the National Driver Register and the Commercial Drivers License Information System to make sure you are not disqualified and do not hold a CDL license in more than one jurisdiction.

Replace Pennsylvania CDL License

Has your CDL license been lost, severely damaged or stolen? You will need to replace your Pennsylvania CDL license as soon as possible as you are required to have your CDL license with you at all times while operating a CMV.

You can replace your Pennsylvania CDL license by visiting your local DVS office.

If you are unsure about what you will need to replace your Pennsylvania commercial drivers license, here's some information on CDLs that will be helpful. 

Change of Address on a Pennsylvania CDL license

If you have moved you are required to change your address on your Pennsylvania CDL license right away.

You will need to visit your local DVS and bring your current CDL license and proof of residency.

For a detailed list of what you will need to bring to change your address on your Pennsylvania CDL license, browse some important information here. 

Pennsylvania CDL License Name Change

If you are recently married, divorced or have changed your legal name for any reason, you will need to update your CDL license to reflect that change.

You will need to visit your local DVS and bring an official court document reflecting this change along with the required fees for your Pennsylvania CDL license name change.

Find out exactly what you need to change your name on your Pennsylvania CDL license before visiting your local DVS office. Here's how. 

New Federal Requirements

Beginning January 30, 2012 and no later than January 2014, the federal government has stipulated that all commercial vehicle driver's must self certify his or her vehicle type.

The categories are as follows:

  • Non-Excepted Interstate (If this is the option you choose you will need to submit to the Department of Public Safety a federal medical certificate).
  • Excepted Interstate
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate
  • Excepted Intrastate

Find your local motor vehicle office here.