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Get your commercial driver licence

Get your commercial driver's licence

Before applying for a commercial licence, make sure that you meet the requirements.

Steps to get a commercial driver's licence

To get your licence, you'll need to get a learner's licence before taking your road test for a full-privilege licence.

Get your learner's licence

To get your learner's licence you'll need to pass a:

  • knowledge test
  • road signs test and
  • meet medical standards.

If you'll be driving with air brakes, you'll also have to take the air brake knowledge test.

Get your learner's licence

Get your full licence

To get your full licence, you'll need to pass a commercial road test, which includes a:

  • pre-trip inspection test (including air brakes if applicable)
  • road test, and
  • driver's medical exam

Get your full licence

Get your commercial learner's licence

To get your learner's licence you'll need to study and pass a knowledge test. You might also need to pass an air brake knowledge test if applicable.

Once you get your learner's licence, it's valid for one year, and can be renewed by taking and re-passing the knowledge test.

Step 1
 

Step 1: Study

Step 2
 

Step 2:  Take your test(s)

What to expect at the driver licensing office

First, staff at the driver licensing office will check that you meet all licensing requirements.

Then, they'll check your vision and ask you questions about your medical health. You'll need to disclose any known medical conditions that may affect your driving. This may also need to be reviewed by the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) before receiving your learner's licence.

After these checks, you'll take your knowledge test(s).

Get your full-privilege commercial licence

To get your full-privilege commercial licence, you'll need to pass a road test and driver medical exam. There's no rush to take the test—make sure you've practiced with learner's licence and take it when you feel ready.

Step 1
 

Step 1: Practice driving

Step 2

Step 2: Book your road test

Step 3
 

Step 3: Take your road test

Prepare for your road test

The commercial driver road test is broken up into two pieces--the pre-trip inspection test and the actual road test. The tests are taken on the same day.

Pre-trip inspection test

For this portion of the test, your driver examiner will ask you demonstrate a typical pre-inspection. During the pre-trip you'll explain to your driver examiner in detail what you're checking and testing in each part of the vehicle. You'll be asked when you'd typically conduct these tests as a commercial driver.

If you are applying for a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 unrestricted commercial licence, you must also complete and submit a written trip-inspection report.

Tip: If you're not successful on the pre-trip inspection test but pass the road test, you only have to re-take the pre-trip inspection. (You will need to pay the pre-trip test fee again.)

Commercial driver road test

Your driver examiner will be looking for how well you demonstrate your commercial driving skills.

Your examiner will ask you to:

  • start and stop
  • shift gears
  • turn, steer, back up and park
  • merge with highway traffic and exit from highways, and
  • drive in traffic.

Class 1 only:  You'll also need to couple and uncouple a tractor unit from a trailer.