2005 Model Commercial Driver’s License Manual Section 1 INTRODUCTION This Section Covers • Commercial Driver License Tests • Medical Requirements • Driver Disqualifications • Other Safety Rules • International Registration Program There is a federal requirement that each state have minimum standards for the licensing of commercial drivers. This manual provides driver license testing information for drivers who wish to have a commercial driver license (CDL). This manual does NOT provide information on all the federal and state requirements needed before you can drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Please visit the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (Department) website at www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/ CommercialLicense.htm for additional information. You must have a CDL to operate Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more. A combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the GVWR of the vehicles) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver. Any size vehicle which requires hazardous material placards or is carrying material listed as as elect agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73. Federal regulations through the Department of Homeland Security require a background check and fingerprinting for the Hazardous Materials endorsement. Visit www.dps.texas.gov/Driver License/CommercialLicense.htm for more information. To get a CDL, you must pass knowledge and skills tests. This manual will help you pass the tests, however, it is not a substitute fora truck driver training class or program. Formal training is the most reliable way to learn the many special skills required for safely driving a large commercial vehicle and becoming a professional driver in the trucking industry. Figure 1.1 helps you determine if you need a CDL.