New Jersey's CDL manual and DMV CDL Practice Tests

for all endorsements

New Jersey's CDL Manual

Commercial Driver Handbook

CDL Classes in New Jersey Before anything else, you need to determine what CDL class you need/want. Now, in New Jersey, there are 3 classes:

  • Class A CDL
  • Class B CDL
  • Class C CDL
  • CDL Endorsements in New Jersey Certain vehicles or loads require special training. And to prove that you underwent that training (and thus can operate that vehicle or carry that load), your CDL should have an endorsement.

    CDL Requirements in New Jersey Are you even eligible to apply for a CDL in New Jersey? Well, here is a complete list of all the New Jersey CDL requirements:

    • Meet the age requirements:
      • Be at least 18 years old if driving intrastate
      • Be at least 21 years old, with 3 years of driving experience, if driving interstate or getting an H, P, or S endorsement
      • Be a US citizen or have lawful permanent resident status
      • Hold a basic New Jersey driver’s license
      • Have 20/40 vision in each eye (with/without glasses)
      • Be able to recognize red, amber, and green colors
      • Be physically fit

    DMV CDL Practice Tests

    General Knowledge

    The general knowledge test is the first of several tests that you will have to complete in order to get your CDL. The questions cover general information about commercial vehicles, driving, and vehicle inspections. The test has a total of 50 questions, and requires at least 40 correct answers to pass.

    Air Brakes

    You must have an Air brake endorsement on your driver's license to drive a vehicle equipped with an air brake system. This test will test your knowledge of the function, parts, and braking distance of air brakes. The test will consist of 25 questions, and at least 20 correct answers are needed to pass.


    The combination endorsement allows you to drive a vehicle with a power unit and one trailer. This test will cover the "ins and outs" of operating articulated vehicles. The exam consists of 25 questions, and requires at least 20 correct to pass.

    Hazardous Material

    The Hazardous Material endorsement allows the driver to operate a vehicle containing items such as poisons, explosives, flammables, etc. You will also have to pass the TSA Hazardous Material Threat Assessment to get this endorsement. There are 30 questions, 24 correct required to pass.


    The Tanker endorsement allows the driver to operate a vehicle weighing more than 26,000 pounds designed to transport any liquid or gaseous material within a tank that is permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle. There are 20 questions, 16 correct required to pass.

    Doubles / Triples

    The Doubles/Triples endorsement is required for drivers to pull 2 trailers (doubles) or 3 trailers (triples) connected to a single power unit. There are 20 questions on this test, and 16 correct answers are required to pass.


    Bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license with a passenger endorsement in order to operate a vehicle which seats 16 or more, including the driver. There are 20 questions on this test, and 16 correct answers are required to pass.

    School Bus

    School Bus Endorsement is required for any driver who operates a school bus. After the permit tests the training can be only completed by a local school district. There are 20 questions on this test, and 16 correct answers are required to pass.

    Pre Trip Inspection

    The Pre-Trip exam is an oral exam where you are expected to check the vehicle parts to insure it is safe for road use. The amount of parts you need to check increase with the size of the vehicle, and by type of vehicle.