Alabama Commercial Drivers License

Are you looking to get a commercial drivers license (CDL) in Alabama? A CDL can be the beginning of a great career driving trucks, semis, busses and other large commercial vehicles. In Alabama, getting a commercial drivers license requires tests and documents. To get a CDL, choose one of the options below:

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DLD related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DLD offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DLD forms and/or provide links to DLD online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DLD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DLD.

3: Via a DLD office

If you prefer to access DLD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DLD office location. Varying DLD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DLD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DLD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.




A commercial drivers license typically applies to those interested in obtaining a truck license, a semi license or a bus license to operate vehichles over certain weights and passenger capacities. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a new Alabama commercial driver's license. In addition, you must hold a valid driver's license, and have passed a state-approved vision test. When you arrive at the Alabama motor vehicle office make sure to bring:

  • Current Alabama driver's license
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Provide a Medical Examination Certificate. To fill this form out, make sure to bring:
    1. Social Security number
    2. Date of Birth
    3. Driver license number

Depending upon the class (classes A, B or C) of Alabama CDL license you are applying for you will need to bring payment for applicable fees for your written and skills test. A list of these fees and requirements necessary to obtain your new Alabama CDL drivers license can be found in our Alabama CDL License Easy Guide.

According to the FMCSA there are three CDL Classes:

Class A -- Any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Class B -- Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.

Class C -- Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.

You may need to add an endorsement to your new Alabama CDL drivers license. Endorsements include special classes of CMV's such as:

  • H - Vehicles transporting hazardous materials
  • N - Tank vehicle
  • P - Passenger
  • S - School bus
  • T - Double/triple trailers
  • X - Combination of tank vehicle and hazardous materials endorsements

If you operate a CMV that transports hazardous material you must first submit to a background check and fingerprinting. You could be disqualified from transporting hazardous materials and would not be able to obtain the endorsement necessary to obtain a new Alabama CDL license if you are found guilty of a serious crime.

All the requirements, along with the forms you will need to acquire your new Alabama CDL license, can be found here.

Renew Alabama CDL License

Is your CDL license about to expire? Whether you are going to renew your Alabama CDL license online, by mail or in-person, you''ll want to make sure you know exactly what to bring with you and what is required.

For a checklist of everything you need to renew your Alabama CDL license, click here.

In Alabama, you only have the option of renewing your CDL license in person at your local motor vehicle office and will need to bring the necessary documents to your local office for an Alabama CDL license renewal. Browse more information on the Alabama Driver License Divison. 

Before you renew your Alabama CDL license, it will be checked against the National Driver Register and the Commercial Drivers License Information System to make sure you are not disqualified and do not hold a CDL license in more than one jurisdiction.

Replace Alabama CDL License

Has your CDL license been lost, severely damaged or stolen? You will need to replace your Alabama CDL license as soon as possible as you are required to have your CDL license with you at all times while operating a CMV.

You can replace your Alabama CDL license by visiting your local DLD office.

If you are unsure about what you will need to replace your Alabama commercial drivers license here is some information on CDLs that will be helpful.

Change of Address on an Alabama CDL License

If you have moved, you are required to change your address on your Alabama CDL license right away.

You will need to visit your local DLD and bring your current CDL license and proof of residency.

For a detailed list of what you will need to bring to change your address on your Alabama CDL license, be sure to browse some important information here.

Alabama CDL License Name Change

If you are recently married, divorced or have changed your legal name for any reason, you will need to update your CDL license to reflect that change.

You will need to visit your local DLD and bring an official court document reflecting this change along with the required fees for your Alabama CDL license name change.

Find out exactly what you need to change your name on your Alabama CDL license before visiting your local DLD office. Here's how. 

New Federal Requirements

Beginning January 30, 2012 and no later than January 2014, the federal government has stipulated that all commercial vehicle driver's must self-certify his or her vehicle type.

The categories are as follows:

  • Non-Excepted Interstate (If this is the option you choose you will need to submit to the Department of Public Safety a federal medical certificate).
  • Excepted Interstate
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate
  • Excepted Intrastate