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Persons 18 to 21 may obtain a commercial driver's license, but will be restricted to drive in Georgia only. On or after the 21st birthday, the driver must go to the examination station and the Georgia Only restriction will be lifted.
The following types and combinations of vehicles require the driver to hold a commercial driver’s license:
Application and manuals for a commercial drivers license (CDL) may be obtained at the Customer Service Centers. Complete the application; the application fee is $35.00. Fees are waived for veterans and school bus drivers who present the proper documentation. To apply, submit the completed application and $35.00 fee to any Customer Service Center (except Jackson) and take the required written knowledge exams. The $10 permit fee is paid prior to taking the knowledge exams. If all exams are passed, the $10 fee pays for the instructional permit. If any of the exams are not passed, the $10 fee is retained as a testing fee. The $10 permit fee would be paid again at the next test attempt.
Examination stations/Customer Service Centers are open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. All Customer Service Centers offer the written knowledge exams; testing must begin by 5:15pm. The Albany, Between, Brunswick, Dalton, Gainesville, Jackson, Milledgeville and Thomson examination stations are the only centers that give CDL road tests and tests are given by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call: (678) 413-8500.
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