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Commercial Learner's Permit Instructions

The Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) is an authorization given to you by your state of residence that allows you to practice your driving skills in a commercial motor vehicle. Getting a CLP is one of the first things you need to get your Class A CDL - the license you need get a job as a heavy duty truck driver with Roehl Transport.

How do I get my CLP?

We’ve provided these instructions, sample CDL practice tests and other links and resources to help you as you work toward getting your CDL in our paid training truck driving job.

Getting your CLP has several steps.

The very first thing you will want to do is start studying. 
Similar to how you got your first driver's license, you will take written tests at your local drivers’ licensing office.

We've provided links to each state, and each state provides various levels of support. And, each state has its own Commercial Driver's License Manual. We've provided a link to an older PDF of the Commercial Driver's License Manual available through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The link will open in a new window, or, if your are using a computer, you can right click and choose "Save As" to save the document. CDL Manual - Use for CLP Studying

To get your CLP as a part of Roehl’s Get Your CDL Program, please study sections:

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Driving Safely
  • 3 Transporting Cargo Safely
  • 5 Air Brakes
  • 6 Combination Vehicles

Sections 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 do not pertain to you at this point. Once you are in the Get Your CDL Program, you'll learn the material in sections 11, 12, and 13. 

After you’ve had your Roehl interview and completed your physical, take your physical results and your Federal Medical card to your local drivers’ license service center. In most cases, you get your CLP after your physical because you will need the physical results to be issued your permit. Note: some states may require you to provide proof of citizenship to obtain your CLP. Check with your driver licensing center to find out the requirements in your state.


When you go to the driver licensing center, the three tests you must take and pass to get your CLP, which you'll need for your Class A CDL, are:

If you live in Texas, you'll also need to study for and pass the Texas Commercial Rules exam.

Many states offer practice CLP tests. Use the list below to help you find the resources available in your state.  

Sample of Illinois drivers license

Illinois CDL Steps and Requirements

Getting Your CDL in Illinois - Steps to Take
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Become a Commercial Truck Driver in Massachusetts

How to Obtain a Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
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Michigan CDL Information

Getting Your CLP and CDL in Michigan - Instructions
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Minnesota CDL Steps and Requirements

Steps to Obtaining Your Minnesota CLP and CDL
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Get Your Missouri CLP & CDL

How to Obtain a Missouri Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
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How to Get Your Ohio CLP

Steps Need to Obtain an Ohio Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) and then a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) / in the State of Ohio.
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Getting Your CLP and or CDL in the State of Pennsylvania

Follow these steps and requirements for obtaining your Pennsylvania CLP & CDL.
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South Carolina’s Steps to Obtaining a CDL

Becoming a Commercial Truck Driver in South Carolina
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Tennessee CDL Information

Steps to To Becoming a Commercial Truck Driver in TN
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Texas CDL Information

Steps to To Becoming a Commercial Truck Driver in Texas
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How to Get Your CDL in Virginia

Step by Step Instructions
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Getting a Wisconsin CDL - Step by Step Guide

Use this information to acquire your CLP or CDL in the State of Wisconsin.
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Resources by State

Use these links to locate the resources your state provides with regards to locations, fees for tests and licensing, study materials and CDL practice tests.

Roehl hires from many of the states on this list for our paid Get Your CDL truck driving job, however you will want to apply to confirm we're hiring in your area. If you want to check where Roehl hires and trains in the GYCDL program, please use the map on this job description.

If you discover a link that is broken or bad, please send an email to with the state name so we can get it updated.

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