Class A — Any vehicle towing a unit of more than 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating with a gross combination weight rating (truck plus trailer) over 26,000 pounds.
Your license may be restricted to the size and type of vehicle you use for the road test. Unless the CMV used for testing has air brakes, you will be restricted to driving vehicles without air brakes, even if you passed the air brake knowledge test.
Requirements effective May 4, 2015:
Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) Changes
To apply for a CLP, Minnesotans currently must:
Beginning May 4, Minnesotans will ALSO need the following in order to apply:
Proof of citizenship or permanent residency (U.S. passport, birth certificate, permanent residency card). If the name on your U.S. passport, birth certificate or permanent residency card has changed you must also present proof of your legal name change(s). Acceptable proof consists of certified marriage certificates, certified divorce decrees or other certified court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Your identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between your citizenship or permanent residency document and your current name.
Valid Medical Examiner Certificate (if applicable)
CLP holders will be required to have their permit for 14 calendar days before taking the CDL road test (The 14-day waiting period will not apply to those who received their CLP between now and May 1).
CLP holders will be subject to the same disqualifying offenses as CDL holders. This includes alcohol use, drug use and traffic violations.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Changes
Beginning in July, CDL holders renewing their license will also need to provide proof of citizenship or permanent residency.
There will also be new restrictions on commercial vehicles used for the CDL road test, effective May 4, 2015:
Drivers taking the CDL test in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with an automatic transmission will not be allowed to operate a CMV with a standard transmission.
If a driver does not take the road test in a tractor-semi-trailer, they will be restricted to other Class A vehicle combinations.
Drivers taking the road test to earn a passenger or school bus endorsement will be restricted to the size of bus.
*Proof of Citizenship Requirement
All drivers renewing their CDL (effective July 1, 2015) will be required to provide a document from the following list that meets the proof of citizenship requirement.
- Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
- Certified copy of birth certificate from any U.S. state
- Consular report of birth abroad issued by the U.S. Department or state
- Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship issued by U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Valid unexpired Permanent Resident Card
- Unexpired employment authorization document issued by USCIS or an unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form.
If the name on the above document is different from the current name on the CDL, the customer must also present proof of the legal name change(s). Acceptable proof consists of certified marriage certificates, certified divorce decrees or other certified court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between the citizenship or permanent residency document and the current name