Written Skill Test Fees for CDL Permits
If applying for a Class B or C with P & S endorsements only, the application fee will be $9 and there will be no skill test fee required. For all others, the application fee will be $24. Effective September 5, 2006 the new skill test fees for CDL permits, as mandated by House Bill 707, was implemented. HB 707 directs that the skill test fees collected will be placed in the Kentucky State Police CDL skill testing trust fund, and will be used by the State Police to contract with and train civilian CDL skills examiners and to improve the logistics of the CDL skills testing process. It applies only to original CDL permits and will not be levied against duplicate or renewal permits.
- At the time of issuance of a CDL permit requiring a skills test, a driver who has held a Kentucky operator license for 30 days or longer will pay a skills testing fee of fifty dollars ($50) in addition to the eleven dollar ($11) CDL permit fee.
- At the time of issuance of a CDL permit requiring a skill test to a driver who has held a Kentucky operator license for less than 30 days, a skill testing fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) in addition to the $11 CDL will be collected.
What's on the Knowledge Test?
The Kentucky State Police will give the knowledge test at the local exam stations. Please check with your local Circuit Court Clerk regarding the days and times the examiner will be available.
The knowledge test consists of 50 questions covering a broad range of subjects, including vehicle operations under all kinds of conditions, cargo handling, and vehicle inspection.
The vision test is required whenever the driver takes a written test.
All tests are given in English. No translator is allowed.
Additional knowledge must be shown in the following areas:
- Applicants for Class A license - 20 questions on combination vehicles.
- Applicants driving vehicles with air brakes - 25 questions on air brakes.
Endorsements are required for the following vehicles:
- Double/triple trailer - 20 questions
- Tanker - 20 questions
- Passenger transport - 20 questions
- Hazardous materials hauling - 30 questions
- School Bus - 20 questions
For each test, 80 percent of the questions must be answered correctly to pass. Failure to show basic knowledge of an air brake system will result in a license restriction limiting the driver to operating a vehicle without an air brake system. Applicants may take the basic knowledge test indefinitely without paying retest fees. However, if the applicant fails, the applicant must wait 24 hours prior to re-testing. The skills test may be taken up to 4 times on the 1st $50 skills test fee. An additional $50 will be required if a 5th test is required. The combination, airbrake, and endorsement tests require a $5 re-test fee for each time taken after the initial failure.
Applicants must re-test for the hazardous materials endorsement at renewal of the CDL if it has been more than 2 years since the last test. If transferring into Kentucky an applicant must test in order to keep a hazardous material endorsement. If a CDL driver surrenders his commercial driving privileges, he has a year to return to the clerk's office and be re-issued the CDL without re-testing.
If the CDL is ever expired for one (1) year or more, the written/vision tests must be taken prior to a new license being issued. An application fee will be charged. If applying for a CDL reinstatement, and the commercial privilege has been suspended for one (1) year or more, all tests are required.