Steps to Getting Your CDL in Wisconsin

If you’re about to pursue a CDL in the great state of Wisconsin, pause for just a moment to take a few things into consideration. Yes, you should be excited! But it’s important to educate yourself about the steps you need to take to get a commercial driver’s license in the state. After all, you want to go about this the proper way, right?

Get a Medical Exam

Before you can get your temporary CDL permit, you need to pass a medical exam. Doing this will allow you to get your federal medical card, which makes it so you can drive within the state or between states for commerce reasons.

Get Your Wisconsin CDL Permit

To get your Wisconsin CDL permit, you need to study, study, study. Obtain the Wisconsin CDL manual and read it from cover to cover. This will help you prepare for the general knowledge portion of the CDL exam. You need to pass this exam to get your permit. The test is free in Wisconsin and you don’t need an appointment. However, it’s a good idea to prepare. You can expect your test to take between 60 to 90 minutes. If you get an 80% or higher, you can get your CDL permit or CDLI. To get this, you’ll need to submit a MV3001 application, your federal medical card, proof of legal status, and pay the appropriate fees.

Receive CDL Training

Once you have your permit, you can start practicing behind the wheel. A CDL driver can teach you or you can take a CDL training course, the latter of which is highly recommended.

Complete Your CDL Exam and Get Your License

After completing the CDL training course, you’re ready to take the skills test. Make an appointment for this at your local DMV or with the testing facility. Once you pass the Wisconsin CDL exam, you simply need to present the test results along with your drivers license, federal medical card, form MV3001, and proof of legal status.

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