Tire icon Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)

A Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) is a permit which when carried with a Class O license authorizes an individual to operate a class of commercial motor vehicle when accompanied by a holder of a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for purposes of behind-the-wheel training.

Effective September 02 2023, CLP's issued on or after that date are valid for one year instead of six months. Click the link below for more information. 

CLP Changes02Sept2023.pdf


Commercial Learner's Permit Details

  • A Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) is valid for 1 year.
  • The issuance of a CLP is a precondition to the initial issuance of a CDL. The issuance of a CLP is also a precondition to the upgrade of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) if the upgrade requires a skills test.
  • An applicant shall successfully complete all applicable written tests for the class and endorsements of CLP applied for.


Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) Testing

Type of Test New Permit New Resident Permit Renewal
Vision Required Required Required
Written Required Required Required

CLP Classes: A and B*
CLP Endorsements*:

  • P – Passenger;
  • S – School Bus;
  • N – Tank Vehicle

CLP Restrictions*:

  • K – Intrastate only;
  • L – Vehicles Without Air Brakes;
  • P – no passengers;
  • X – no cargo in tank vehicle;
  • V – Medical Variance;
  • M – No Class A Passenger Vehicle;
  • N – No Class A or B Passenger Vehicle

*See descriptions of Commercial Motor Vehicle Classes, Endorsements and Restrictions.

Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) Fees

Type of Document Fee Security Surcharge Total
Original $10.00 $5.00 $15.00
Replacement $10.00 $5.00 $15.00
Change of class, endorsement or restriction $10.00 $5.00 $15.00