Colorado Commercial Drivers License

A commercial drivers license (CDL) can be the start of a fun, lucrative career. We've collected all the information your'll need to get a commercial drivers license in Colorado.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV 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 assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 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 DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

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 old to apply for a new Colorado commercial drivers license. In addition, you must hold a valid drivers license and have passed a state-approved vision test. When you arrive at the Colorado motor vehicle office, make sure to bring:

Depending upon the class (classes A, B, or C) of Colorado 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 Colorado CDL drivers license can be found in our Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado CDL driver's license, can be found right here.

Renew Colorado CDL Drivers License

Is your CDL license about to expire? Whether you are going to renew your Colorado CDL drivers 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 Colorado CDL drivers license, click here. 

In Colorado, 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 a Colorado CDL license renewal. Browse more information on the Colorado DMV site. 

Before you renew your Colorado 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 Colorado CDL License

Has your CDL driver's license been lost, severely damaged or stolen? You will need to replace your Colorado 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 Colorado CDL license by visiting your local DMV office.

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

Change of Address on a Colorado CDL license

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

You will need to visit your local DMV 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 Colorado CDL drivers license, be sure to browse some important information here. 

Colorado 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 DMV and bring an official court document reflecting this change along with the required fees for your Colorado CDL license name change.

Find out exactly what you need to change your name on your Colorado CDL license before visiting your local DMV 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 drivers must self-certify their 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