Applying for a Colorado CDL - Class C License w/ Hazardous Materials
The first step to getting your own Class C Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with Hazardous Materials endorsement in the state of Colorado is applying for a CDL Instruction Permit. Before deciding on a location too soon, it’s important to call ahead — some locations do not support examination procedures. To do so, prepare legal documentation and verification in the following forms:
After you’ve shown the necessary documents, you’ll be allowed to take the general knowledge test . The test is multiple choices and everything you’d need to know can be found in the CDL Driver Manual. It’s recommended you pick one up beforehand at a DMV office. Pass your general knowledge test and pay the $14 fee to earn your CDL Instruction Permit. If you intend to operate certain types of commercial vehicles, then additional tests to earn endorsements must be taken. Types of endorsements include:
If you’re going for your Hazardous materials (Hazmat) endorsement, then you’ll also need to apply for a background check from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). They’ll ask you for your CDL or CDL permit number, proof of legal status, and proof of identity. It’s also necessary to have your fingerprints taken at a fingerprint office. While the TSA and FBI run your background checks, you will be responsible for various costs and fees. The status of your background checks will arrive in the mail.
See Dmv.org for the remaining items on the list.
Now that you’re about to head to driving school and halfway toward your CDL, it’s important to know what kind of license you want. There are separate classes of CDLs for which each state issues license. These classes are as follows:
If you so happen to choose Non-excepted interstate, then you must provide the Department of Public Safety with a federal issued medical certificate.
Now you’ll need to make an appointment for your driving test with one of many third-party companies – a list of available companies can be found online. Be sure to show up with your class of vehicle, i.e. Class C commercial vehicle. The test will be broken up into three parts:
Once you’ve passed, you’ll be asked to relinquish your regular Colorado driver’s license as well as the CDL Instruction Permit. From there you’ll have your photo taken and pay the $35 fee to receive your Class C Colorado CDL.