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20 Tips: New York CDL Requirements

New York City is the major transportation hub on the eastern seaboard, with truck drivers and other CMV drivers performing an important role in the nation’s economy. If you want to join in and are wondering what you will need to get a New York CDL, this article, with the help of ny-defense.com, will look to outline the New York CDL requirements through the following 20 tips.

What CDL licenses are available in New York?

From discussions over at ny-defense.com, in addition to CDL Classes A, B, and C, the state of New York has a non-commercial C Class, as well as D and E class licensing available to interested parties. New York State’s regulations for operating a vehicle on a CDL are consistent with the rest of the country, which means that interstate drivers from New York and beyond can drive with no real adjustments between the states.

Minimum requirements for getting a CDL in New York

The following are the minimum requirements if you are to get a CDL in New York:

Possess an SCL learner’s permit

Possess a valid New York State driver’s license

Possess a current D.O.T Card that is no more than 2 years old

Provide proof of insurance and vehicle registration

Provide a test vehicle for the same class you are testing for (must display a valid inspection sticker)

Provide a passenger who is 21 years or older and possesses a valid New York State CDL license who can ride with you in your test vehicle to the test site

Pay applicable fees to obtain your CDL

Pass the knowledge and road skills test

License and permits requirements

According to ny-defense.com, you should bring your New York State driver’s license for Classes D, E, or non-CDL C to the nearest DMV office, where you can arrange for the written test of knowledge. It is also worth noting that application fees are due at this time or payable ahead of time online.

Age requirements

CDL drivers must be 21 years of age or older to drive Classes A, B, and C in the state of New York. This is slightly different from the majority of other states, where Class B and C vehicles can be driven by those individuals age 18 or older but presents no conflict to drivers who visit from out of state. Generally, Class B and C vehicles don’t travel out of state anyway.

Proof of residence in New York requirements

If you are applying for the first time for a New York State CDL, then it means that you must affirm that you have a lawful domicile within the state. You must also report every state where you held a driver’s license over the preceding 10 years.

CDL requirements for New York residents

New York residents looking to obtain a CDL require the following as articulated at ny-defense.com:

Current D, E, or non-CDL C Class driver’s license

Original Social Security information

Minimum 6 original proofs of identity with current address. All proof options are found on form ID-44CDL. It is worth noting that P.O. Boxes are not considered valid proofs.

Disclosure of other states you have held a driver’s license in during the last 10 years

Federal medical examination certificate

New York CDL Requirements for out-of-state residents and transfers

If you are applying for the first time for a New York State CDL, it means that you must attest to all the states that you have resided in over the past decade. You should note that these claims require original documentation that matches with your record from the Proofs of Identity chart that accompanies Form ID-44CDL. After this, you must confirm your domicile is now New York State and provide additional original proofs of identity.

What if I’m not a U.S. citizen?

If you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and New York State and are wondering what is required, then you are in the right place. As captured at ny-defense.com, people from other countries who are in the United States as temporary visitors can be issued a CDL that is marked as ‘Non-Domiciled’ or ‘Temporary Visitor’ along with the date at which it expires.

Non-U.S. citizen requirements for New York CDL

If you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and New York State, then in addition to the proofs of identity documentation, you may be required to bring the following:

Birth certificate

Current immigration paperwork

Please make all documents available with a certified English translation.

CDL and the military

As a member of the military or retiree, you may be eligible to waive the New York CDL driving test if you meet the criteria and the timeline, and your commanding officer agrees to sign off on your abilities. Depending on your military qualifications and heavy equipment training during recent years of service, you may be able to participate in the accelerated process. current military personnel or veterans should enquire at their local DMV office for a clear set of directives, as well as to obtain forms and timelines.

Will you be driving as exempted or non-exempted?

Whether or not you need to comply with federal medical requirements depends on your exempted or non-exempted state. Drivers who fall under the exempted category are exempt from needing a medical certification while those that drive under non-exempted must provide medical certification as discussed at ny-defense.com.

Exempted category

Those who drive a commercial vehicle or heavy equipment for the following reasons, either interstate or intrastate are often qualified as exempted and do not need to comply with federal medical requirements, however, additional training may be required by the organization in question.

To transport corpses

To transport students and staff between home and school

As a government employee

To transport people who are sick or injured

To drive an emergency vehicle during emergencies

To transport heating fuel during the winter months in the case of an emergency

In response to a fuel pipeline leak

In custom agriculture, harvest, or transport (non-combination vehicle; within 150 miles of home location)

As a beekeeper or apiarist

To transport farmworkers

To transport individuals in an RV or similar private carrier, non-commercially

Performing Non-Exempted commercial operations commencing before September 9th,1999

Physical and medical requirements for getting a New York CDL

The following are the physical requirements for getting a New York CDL as outlined at ny-defense.com:

Vision in both eyes, as well as each eye individually, needs to be 20/40 with a field of vision of at least 140 degrees (70 degrees in each eye). Visual improvement devices like glasses or contacts are allowed.

Needs to be able to distinguish colors found on traffic signals

Should be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet

The maximum allowed blood pressure is 160/100. Use prescription medication to achieve this threshold is permitted

An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled through insulin injections is not permitted

Blood sugar must be less than 200

No use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic, or any habit-forming drug is permitted.

Background Check for CDL applicants

Some classes of CDL, especially those who transport hazardous materials and waste require a TSA fingerprint background check to be performed and considered ‘satisfactory’ to carry on with the CDL application process. Your local New York State CDL office will have the appropriate forms and procedure available and will be able to advise on federal timelines, which vary.

Fees for getting your CDL in New York

You will be required to pay the following fees:

Commercial learner’s permit – $10

Additional tests taken after initial CLP appointment – $5

CDL Road Test – $40 (each additional road test is $40)

CDL Fee – $164.50 ($180.50 for Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District applicants) add an additional $5 for each CDL endorsement you obtain.

The amount of the CDL fee depends on the expiration date, the class of your current driver’s license, and the date that you receive your CDL.

New York CDL disqualifications

Just like every other state, New York supports federal regulations as well as upholding additional state laws regarding motor vehicle transport. The following are some of the New York CDL disqualifications you need to be aware of.

New York serious driving infractions

According to ny-defense.com, these include:

Leaving the scene of an accident in which you were involved (under CDL)

Committing a felony crime in your commercial vehicle

Driving under the influence – or acting as though you are under the influence – of alcohol or other controlled substances

Refusing roadside alcohol testing

Having unresolved traffic violations under either your Class D, Class E, or commercial license

Careless driving infractions

They include:

Driving a commercial vehicle while under CDL suspension

Driving a commercial vehicle recklessly

Getting caught speeding by more than 15 mph

Failure to wear your seatbelt

Railway infractions

This includes not adhering to railroad crossing laws and applicable level-crossing laws as they affect CDL drivers. As outlined at ny-defense.com, it is important to note that this general statement is intended to encompass various laws as they influence the class of vehicle, endorsements, and restrictions of particular drivers.

Criminal infractions

They include:

Committing a felony action

Having outstanding convictions

Being deemed a safety risk as per TSA

Being suspected of committing CDL fraud

Domiciliary infractions

They are:

Being in the U.S. – or the State of New York – illegally

Committing CDL fraud

These are some of the New York CDL requirements that you should be aware of, as well as common disqualifications, with more on this and other related topics to be found over at ny-defense.com.