Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
CDL Licensing Information

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  1. If I have a class A CDL license what do I need to do to add a Passenger endorsement?

    You will need to take the passenger knowledge test and then take the road skills test in a bus (this includes vehicle inspection, basic skills and on-the-road driving test). The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle will determine the Class of CDL bus that you will be allowed to operate (i.e. for a Class B Bus the GVWR must be more than 26,001 pounds).

  2. What do I need to do to add a Hazardous Materials Endorsement to my CDL license?

    You must complete an application on the TSA website. Once you have completed the application you will need to be fingerprinted. A list of all TSA fingerprint locations is on the TSA website and the DDS web site has a list of the fingerprint sites that are located only in Georgia. After you have completed the application and been
    fingerprinted you can go to any DDS Customer Service Center and take the hazardous materials knowledge test. The results from the fingerprint background check results must be received from TSA before the endorsement can be placed on your license so this process can take approximately 60-90 days.

  3. If I have an automatic transmission restriction on my CDL license what do I have to do to get that restriction removed?

    You will have to take the skills road test (this includes vehicle inspection, basic skills and onthe-
    road driving test) in a manual speed commercial motor vehicle.

  4. If I have an air brake restriction on my CDL license what do I have to do to get the restriction removed?

    You must take the air brake knowledge test and then take the road skills test in a commercial
    motor vehicle.

  5. Can I transfer an out-of-state CDL to Georgia?

    Yes and all the endorsements that are currently on the CDL will transfer with the exception of Hazmat. In order to retain the hazardous materials endorsement you will be required to take and pass the hazardous materials knowledge test. If the state that you were previously licensed in was not a TSA participating state then you will also have to complete an application through TSA and be fingerprinted. You can check to see if your state was a participating state
    on the TSA web site.

  6. How do I upgrade from a Class B CDL to a Class A CDL?

    You must take and pass the applicable knowledge test for that class of CDL (i.e. combination vehicle, air brakes), and then you will have to take the skills road test (this includes vehicle inspection, basic skills and on-the-road driving test).

  7. How would I get a ‘no tractor-trailer’ restriction removed from my license?

    You would have to take the skills road test (this includes vehicle inspection, basic skills and on-the-road driving test) in a tractor-trailer combination vehicle.

  8. If I completed a self-certification form incorrectly and now have an ‘intrastate commerce’ restriction on my CDL license what do I need to do to get the restriction removed?

    You will have to visit a DDS Customer Service Center to complete a new self-certification form and be issued a new CDL license without the restriction.

  9. If I am a diabetic on insulin can I still drive a commercial motor vehicle?

    Only if you are granted a waiver from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). FMCSA will only grant waivers to drivers that operate in interstate commerce. The State of Georgia does not issue diabetic waivers.

  10. Do all CDL drivers have to complete a self-certification form or only the drivers that operate in interstate commerce?

    All CDL holders must complete and submit a self-certification form to the Department of Driver Services.

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