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3rd Party CDL Driving Testing

Illustration showing a check list of CDL testing itemsNational Truck Driving School offers 3rd-Party CDL testing for candidates seeking a State of Florida Class A, B, or C commercial driver’s license. If you would like us to administer your State of Florida CDL test, we offer the flexibility and convenience of setting your own appointment time and paying for the service through our website.

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Are You Fully Prepared for the Process of CDL Testing?

The First Step in the Process Requires Passing the CDL Written Test

The State of Florida requires that CDL testing consists of several parts, the first of which is a written test that must be passed in order to move on in the process. After the written test, there are three additional tests that focus on knowledge and skills that must all be passed accordingly. If you currently hold a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Florida, passing the written CDL test will allow you to receive a Florida CDL Temporary Driving Permit (CDL Learner’s Permit). This permit will be issued by the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and can be utilized until all test portions have been completed and passed, allowing for permanent CDL issuance.

For complete details, as well as updated requirements and restrictions, please view the current Florida CDL Handbook using the link below.

Although you should always focus extra attention on areas in which you may need extra study or review, please make sure to read the whole State of Florida CDL Handbook prior to testing. All sections of testing cover a vast amount of content spanning the entirety of the handbook. See below for specific study recommendations based on your permit class.

Class A Permit:  Sections 1, 2, and 3 under General Knowledge, Air Brakes Section 5, and Combination Vehicles Section 6.

Class B Permit:  Sections 1, 2, and 3 under General Knowledge, Air Brakes Section 5

Class C Permit:  Sections 1, 2, and 3 under General Knowledge, Passengers Section 4, Air Brakes Section 5 (if your vehicle has air brakes)

Recommended STUDY AIDS For Written Portion

Florida CDL Manual:

CDL Study and Review Website:

Hint:  If you are able to successfully pass 7-8 practice tests in a row, that is an excellent indication that you are ready to complete official CDL testing at the DMV.

During the CDL testing process you will be required to obtain an medical card from a certified medical examiner, and is best to take care of this as soon as possible. A great source to find currently registered and certified medical examiners is the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), and as of May 21, 2014, all medical examiners that meet certification requirements are included in this database. The date of the examiner’s approved certification must come before the date of the student physical.

After receiving your medical card, you will be asked to upload images of the card, your CDL permit, and your current driver’s license to Simply visit the Home page, and click 3rd Party Test at the bottom right. You will then be directed to a box with a tab that allows you to share your documents, enter your name, and then submit via email to NTI.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  From the date of permit issuance, the Federal Government institutes a 14-day waiting period before your Skills Test can be taken.  After obtaining your permit, you may book your Skills Test appointment at a later day no earlier than 14 days past date of permit, and you may immediately begin studying the Skills testing criteria.**

The Skills Test – Where the Rubber Meets the Road

All Three Parts of the CDL Skills Test Must Be Passed To Obtain Your CDL

Testing Time Limits

  • 60 minutes are allowed for applicants to complete the “short form” pre-trip inspection.
  • 90 minutes are given for completion of the “full form” pre-trip inspection. If applicant does not complete the test in the time allowed, the test will be given an automatic failure.
  • 45 minutes will be allotted for completion of the basic control skills test. If applicant does not complete the test in the time allowed, the test will be given an automatic failure.

Study Aid

The Florida CDL Handbook: Sections 11, 12, and 13 are of extreme importance in expanding your testable knowledge. Section 11 lists part names and inspection descriptions that you must learn, as they are featured within the testing parameters. Section 11.1.2 features information on Air and Hydraulic Brake Checks that must be reviewed thoroughly. Note that conducting an improper Air or Hydraulic Brake Check will be deemed an automatic failure of the pre-trip inspection portion of the Skills Test.

After extensive study of the material and applicable sections for the Skills Test leaves you feeling fully prepared, you are eligible to continue testing upon appointment at the National Training Facility.  Plan to devote two hours of time to complete the CDL Skills Test in its entirety, although exact time may vary depending on your skill level.

CDL applicants who have taken and passed any part of the CDL Skills Test on a truck equipped with an automatic transmission (including Pre-trip, Basic Skills, or Road Test) will have their CDL license restricted to “No Manual Transmission Commercial Motor Vehicle”

PLEASE NOTE:  We want all candidates to be successful; however, if you attempt to take the CDL test without the proper experience or training in operating large commercial Class A trucks, you will likely fail the test. Please ensure that your experience and abilities are conducive to passing each section of the test, as we do not wish to test candidates who do not have the proper skills required to match the difficulty of the CDL testing material.


Upon arrival at the National Training Facility for your CDL testing appointment, you must bring a valid Florida or out-of-state Driver’s License, DOT Medical Card, and ORIGINAL Florida or out-of-state CDL Temporary Driving Permit. If you will be testing in your own vehicle, please ensure availability of your registration, manufacturer plate for trailer, and all relevant insurance documents, as they will be fully inspected prior to testing. Testing will be conducted in accordance with the Florida CDL Handbook and the Florida CDL Examiner’s Manual. You will be assigned a 3rd Party Tester, who will direct you through all three sections of the Skills Test, which must be taken and passed in the order shown below:

  1. Pre-Trip Inspection
  2. Basic Control Skills, to include backing up the truck in the following situations:
    • Straight-Line Backing
    • Offset (Right or Left)
    • 90-Degree Alley Dock
  3. Road Test, to be conducted on public roads

Conclusion of CDL Testing

Upon successful completion, your Skills Tester will enter your test results electronically into the State database. You will receive a copy of the recorded results, which you must then take to your Florida or out-of-state DMV office to receive your new CDL Driver’s License.

NOTE: Your Skills Tester may, at their discretion, terminate your testing if it is determined that your skills do not meet the intensity of the Skills Test requirements. If a retest is recommended, it must be scheduled on another day with a new appointment. We reserve the right to ensure you have received the necessary training before allowing an official retest.

Cost for 3rd Party CDL Testing

The applicable testing fee must be paid by all applicants each time CDL testing is attempted, and paying the fee does not ensure that you will pass the test. Passing the test is based on your merit and skill set alone, as you must display the proper knowledge and expertise to your Skills Tester. If you choose to test in one of our vehicles, we will provide a Class A or B truck and a Class C Bus for testing purposes. If applicable, a Class B Bus must be provided by the applicant. All vehicles provided by the applicant must have valid registration, proof of insurance, and a fixed passenger seat.

Schedule of Fees

  • Class A, B, and C CDL Tests, Monday thru Friday $450.00
  • Saturday CDL Skills Testing $500.00
  • Sunday CDL Skills Testing $600.00
  • Lift Air Brake Restriction: $200.00
  • Retest Required To Pass CDL Skills Test $150.00 per Portion (Pre-Trip – Skills – Road)

Please ensure when you schedule your test that you have no attendance conflicts that will negatively affect your testing availability.



  • A $150.00 per portion change or move appointment fee will be added to your testing fees if you reschedule to another date, within 72 hours of your appointment.
  • Prior to 72 hours, there will be no change or move appointment fee needed to reschedule to another date.
  • All cancellation requests must be submitted as soon as possible via email to

Instructions for Scheduling an Appointment to Take 3rd-Party CDL Testing

  1. Click the “Schedule Appointment” button below
  2. You will immediately see a list of available tests, and you may simply choose the relevant testing option from the list. Note that each test will take about two hours to complete.
  3. Next, you will be directed to a calendar window that will allow you to choose your choice of testing date and time. Select one of the dates in gray and you will see all available testing times for that date pop up. Check your preferred time, allowing for at least two hours of testing.
    • You may choose up to three preferred appointments with a time and date for each one.
    • All times are automatically shown in your time zone. If you will be testing in a different time zone, you can change the default setting below the calendar.
  4. Click the “Continue” button to go to the next page.
  5. You will be asked to fill out your personal details, including name, email address, home address, driver’s license number, and type of test indicated within the appointment.
  6. Click the “Submit” button to go to the next page.
  7. After successfully submitting your appointment request, you will be prompted for payment.
  8. Click “Continue to Payment” to finish the scheduling process.
  9. After receiving your medical card, you will be asked to upload images of the card, your CDL permit, and your current driver’s license to Simply visit the Home page, and click 3rd Party Test at the bottom right. You will then be directed to a box with a tab that allows you to share your documents, enter your name, and then submit via email to NTI.
  10. National Training will confirm your preferred CDL testing appointments by email or phone. At that time, we will provide you with any additional instructions you’ll need to prepare for the test, as well as directions to our Training Facility, where testing will be conducted

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