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CDL Eligibility and Requirements
You must be age 21 to drive a commercial motor vehicle across state lines (interstate). You may drive a commercial motor vehicle in Michigan (intrastate) at age 18. To transport hazardous materials in a quantity that requires the vehicle be marked or placarded, you must be age 21 or older, present proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and present a Federal Security Threat Assessment.
Before you can obtain an original CDL, you must qualify for the license based on your driving record. Any of the following will disqualify you from obtaining a CDL:
Medical and Physical Requirements
Unless exempt, you need to comply with federal or state medical/physical requirements before receiving a CDL. When applying for your CDL, you will sign a statement that says all necessary medical/physical requirements have been met. Before taking any CDL skills tests, you must provide a valid medical examiner's card or medical waiver card to your examiner which allows you to operate your commercial motor vehicle. Ask your employer about these medical/physical requirements.
Intrastate (in Michigan) medical/physical requirements and state commercial vehicle rules and regulations, contact:
Michigan Trucking Association
Interstate (across state lines) medical/physical requirements and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, contact:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA )
219 W. Allegan St., Room 219
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Telephone: (517) 853-5990.
Note: The FMCSA (Michigan Division) does not distribute medical forms or rulebooks. Forms are available on the FMCSA website listed above.
School bus medical/physical requirements, contact:
Michigan Department of Education
Office of School Support Services
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Telephone: (517) 373-6388
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