Kentucky CDL License Requirements:

In order to start your trucking career in Kentucky State, you need to get Commercial Driver License (CDL) from Kentucky state department of DMV. Three license categories are available in order to drive heavy vehicles, which are class A, B and C depending upon the weight of the vehicle.


Class A: To drive a vehicle with gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) more than 26,001 pounds with towing weighing greater than 10,000 pounds, you need to get class A driver’s License.
Class B: In order to get with gross vehicle rating (GVWR) greater than 26,001 pounds with towing less than 10,000 pounds, you will need to have to class B driver’s license.
Class C: To drive a vehicle with gross vehicle rating (GVWR) less than 20,001 pounds, you need to have class C driver’s license.

To apply for commercial driver’s license in Kentucky State, you must be at least 18 years old with a valid driving license and proof of US residency. You should have sound physical health and excellent vision. To prove your good health status, you will need to get medical certificate from a certified health practitioner. After completing the preliminary documents you will be asked to take general knowledge tests:

  • You must pass the general knowledge test in order to get your commercial driver’s license. You will be asked total 30 questions in the test.
  • In order to drive a vehicle with dangerous materials like gasoline, an acid, etc., you will need to pass the CDL hazardous materials endorsement test. The transportation of hazardous material is directly handled by USDOT. You will need to pass the background check for carrying hazardous materials.
  • To drive a vehicle with Air pressure brakes, you need to pass the CDL air brakes endorsement test.
  • To drive a passenger bus with more than 16 passengers, you need to pass the CDL passenger bus endorsement test
  • To drive a vehicle with large volume of liquids and gases, you need to pass the tanker vehicle endorsement test.

Same is the case for CDL double triples, combination vehicles and so on.

In the end, after passing the required written tests, you need to pass the road skills test to get your commercial driver’s license. Three tests are conducted by the officials:

Pre-trip inspection:
You will be asked to do the pre-trip inspection before actual road driving. You will also explain to the examiner, why and how you inspected the particular part of the vehicle.

Vehicle control Test:
You will be asked to move the vehicle in the specified area in order to check whether you are good at basic control of the vehicle.

On-road driving test:
Finally, you will need to drive the vehicle on the road in load of traffic to prove that you have all the required skills to drive the vehicle. Examiner will also sit along with you to check whether you are good in vehicle driving or not.

After the on-road tests, you will be issued the driver license depending on your vehicle weight and category.

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Kentucky CDL Practice Tests