Kansas CDL License Requirements:

In order to drive commercial or combination vehicle in Kansas State, you need to get the commercial driver's license (CDL) from Kansas state department of DMV.  Class A, B and C CDL licenses are available to drive a vehicle depending Upton its weight.

Class A License: To drive a vehicle with gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 26,001 pounds with towing weighing more than 10,000 pounds, you need to get class A driver license.
Class B License: For vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds with towing weighing less than 10,000 pounds, class B driver's license is required.
Class C License: In order to drive vehicle weighing less than 26,001 pounds, you will need to get class C driver’s license.

Before applying for CDL license, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driving license. You should have a good physical health and vision. For getting the medical certificate, you must pass the medical fitness exam by a certified Medical Examiner. You should have USA residency and to prove it; you will bring Permanent Residence Permit with you. After completing the preliminary procedure, you will be asked to take general knowledge written tests.

General Knowledge Tests:

  • You must pass CDL general knowledge test in order to qualify for CDL license. CDL general knowledge will contain 30 questions.
  • CDL hazardous material endorsement test is required, if you want to carry hazardous materials with you. Hazardous material transportation is directly handled by
  • USDOT, and a background check will be required before starting your career.
  • In order to drive vehicles with Air pressure brakes, you need to pass the air brakes endorsement test.
  • For a passenger bus with more than 16 passengers, you need to pass the CDL passenger bus endorsement test.
  • For carrying liquids and gases in the large tanker vehicles, you must pass the CDL tanker vehicles endorsement test.
  • For vehicles with double or triple towing, you need to get the CDL double triple endorsement tests.

CDL Road Skill Tests:

Pre-trip inspection:
You will be asked to do the pre-trip inspection of the vehicle before actual on-road driving.  The examiner will ask you how and why you did the particular inspection.

Basic vehicle control:
You will be asked to perform the basic control test on the vehicle within specified area and with specific tasks.

On-road driving test:
In the end, you need to do on-road driving test in the actual traffic and show to the examiner that you are ready to start your trucking career.

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Kansas CDL Practice Tests