Earning Your CDL in PA

How to Get Your CDL in PA

For anyone looking to enter the commercial transportation industry, earning your commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a crucial first step in starting your career. By attending a CDL course like Shelly Truck Driving School, you can gain valuable experience

What is a CDL?

A commercial driver’s license is a type of driver’s license issued by a state that allows the holder to drive larger commercial vehicles. This includes commercial trucks, tankers, tractor trailers, buses, and passenger vehicles.

In Pennsylvania, drivers can earn a Class A or Class B driver’s license. A driver holding a Class A CDL can drive vehicles 26,001 lbs. or greater, or a vehicle towing a trailer weighing more than 10,000 lbs. Class B & C commercial licenses allow for drivers to operate lighter vehicles and transport passengers, including school buses and vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers. Students who graduate from Shelly Truck Driving School earn a Class A CDL license.

CDL Endorsements

CDL endorsements specific what types of commercial motor vehicles the license holder can operate. This includes the size of the vehicle and the type of material being transported.

Our students will also earn several endorsements to their CDL, specifically N (tank vehicles), T (double trailers), and H (hazardous materials). These endorsements allow students the ability to drive a larger number of vehicles, which improves their ability to be hired and future job prospects.

Currently, we do not offer classes for students looking for P or S endorsement to become a bus driver.

How to Earn a CDL in Pennsylvania

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, earning a CDL is not unlike earning your regular driver’s license. There is a written test, permit, and skills/road test to earn your commercial driver’s license.

Written Test

The first step towards earning a CDL is passing a written knowledge test. Based on the PennDOT CDL driver’s manual, the Class A test contains 70 questions and shows your knowledge of commercial driving laws. The topics contained in the written test are covered in our classroom instruction.


Once you pass your written test, you will receive a commercial learner’s permit (CLP). This allows you to practice your driving skills on public roads with one of our CDL instructors. The CDL permit is valid for up to 180 days.

Skills Test

The final step in earning your CDL is to take a driving skills test. You are evaluated on your ability to handle a commercial truck in the following areas:

As a PennDOT-approved testing site, students at Shelly Truck Driving School take their CDL examination (including their CDL road test) for free and on roadways they have practiced on.


Register for CDL Class in York, PA

To take the first step in earning your Commercial Driver’s License, apply to Shelly Truck Driving School. Our CDL training program will help you learn how to drive a commercial vehicle, pass your CDL test, and get started in the transportation industry.