How to obtain your Class A Commercial (CDL) Driver’s License in Ohio
Last year, obtaining your Commerical Driver’s License in Ohio got a little bit harder.. as if it wasn’t hard enough already, right?!
As of February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Entry-Level Driver Training is required for any individual who wants to:
- Obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the first time;
- Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
- Obtain a passenger (P), school bus (S), or hazmat (H) endorsement for the first time.
Under the FMCSA requirements, an entry-level driver must successfully complete a prescribed program and behind-the-wheel instruction before taking the CDL skills test. This training must be provided by a school or other entity listed on the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR). These approved options below are who we would recommend going through for your CDL schooling:
American Professional Truck Driving School
8334 State Route 36 SE
Gnadenhutten, OH 44629
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
400 Richards Rd
Zanesville, OH 43701
JJ Keller Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)-Satisfies the FMCSA ELDT Rule
*The online option only satisfies the ELDT rule and you will still need to go to a testing facility to complete your CDL exam which includes the Pre-Trip, Maneuverability, & Road Test.