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Welcome to the CDL practice test site for New York State. Our test questions are designed to prepare you for the questions you’ll see on the New York State DMV CDL Test. The questions on these practice tests cover topics from the NYS CDL manual. You can take these New York CDL practice tests as many times as you need to, and the tests are free to take. You will be presented with 40 questions and you must answer 34 questions correctly to pass. There is a 50-minute time limit. You may not go back once you answer a question. Click the "Start Test" button below to begin.

1 / 40

There should be ___space between the upper and lower fifth wheel after coupling.

2 / 40

In the event of an accident you should remember to do the following EXCEPT:

3 / 40

You should___when driving down a long steep hill.

4 / 40

Most states require school bus drivers to take a physical examination:

5 / 40

Which of the following should you NOT do if you experience a tire failure?

6 / 40

The belt that you need to make sure is securely mounted, without frays, and adjusts and latches properly is the:

7 / 40

A shipment described on the Hazardous Waste Manifest may only be delivered to another _______ carrier or treatment facility, who then signs the ______, giving you a copy which you must keep.

8 / 40

Select how you can tell if your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system:

9 / 40

To prevent a roll over a driver can 1) keep the cargo as low to the ground as possible and 2) _____.

10 / 40

It is very important that you never smoke around which hazard classes?

11 / 40

You should brake on a long steep downgrade hill as a supplement to the braking effects of the engine

12 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to driving a truck with triple or double trailers:

13 / 40

Which of these statements about speed management and braking is true?

14 / 40

Which of the following is a necessary qualification for non-bulk packaging?

15 / 40

Which trailer is most likely to tip over due to the crack the whip effect?

16 / 40

In the slide mechanism of the sliding fifth wheel, this object should have no missing pins or be loose when fully engaged.

17 / 40

The transport index of a radioactive material:

18 / 40

What type fire extinguisher is required in the power unit of a placarded vehicle?

19 / 40

In the event of an accident you should remember to do the following EXCEPT:

20 / 40

What are some things you should check on the front of your vehicle when doing the walk-around inspection?

21 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to converter dollies:

22 / 40

The best way to have control on curves is:

23 / 40

A tractor should not be backed under a trailer until the whole air system is:

24 / 40

Which seats must have a seat belt:

25 / 40

When driving on a clear night with the vehicle lights on, your speed should be such that you can stop within _____.

26 / 40

Which of the following is something the driver must watch for:

27 / 40

Select the true statement about seeing ahead.

28 / 40

You should____in order to inspect the coupling.

29 / 40

When would you lock some emergency roof hatches in a partly open position?

30 / 40

What will happen right away should the service air line come apart but the emergency line is intact while driving a combination vehicle?

31 / 40

Where is compressed air stored?

32 / 40

With most hazardous materials, you may park within 5 feet of the road briefly, if your work requires it. The materials that are the exception and do not allow parking this close to the road are:

33 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to a converter dolly:

34 / 40

What is the best way to prevent brakes form overheating while drive down a steep grade?

35 / 40

An example of a low pressure warning signal for air brakes is:

36 / 40

An oncoming vehicle keeps its high beams on. You should deal with this hazard by:

37 / 40

Your engine runs a pump when you are delivering compressed gas. Should you turn off your engine before or after you unhook the hoses after finishing that delivery?

38 / 40

Remember to_____when steering to avoid a crash while driving doubles.

39 / 40

Which of the following are possible causes of tire fires?

40 / 40

What kind of surge occurs with baffles?

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How To Get A new york Commercial Drivers License

To be eligible for a CDL in New York, applicants must meet the following age eligibility requirements.

  • Be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial vehicle intrastate (within New York only).
  • Be at least 21 years old to operate a commercial vehicle interstate (outside of New York).

To be eligible to drive a commercial vehicle in New York, applicants must provide verification that they are physically capable of operating a commercial vehicle. New York applicants must pass a vision test. All applicants must submit the following documents when they apply for a CDL.

  • (Form 649-F) Medical Examination Report (must be signed by applicant and physician)
  • CDL Holder Self-Certification document

Drivers who have had their licenses revoked, suspended, denied or canceled and drivers with multiple licenses in different states are not eligible for a CDL in New York.  Available endorsements include:

H – Hazmat Vehicles
M – Metal Coil
N – Tank Vehicles
P – Passenger Vehicles
R – Recreational Vehicles Over 26,000 pounds
S – School Bus
T – Double or Triple Trailer
W – Tow Truck
X – Combination Tank and Hazmat Vehicle

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new york CDL License Test Tips

Every New York CDL applicant must pass the general knowledge test prior to taking the skills test. This test consists of 50 questions. To pass the New York test, applicants must score 80 percent or higher. Applicants who require additional endorsements must pass additional tests and pay the required fees. The New York skills test can be taken 14 days after applicants pass the knowledge test. It includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, basic control skills and on-road driving. Applicants must pass each section.

Military veterans who were discharged within 1 year of the application and current military members can apply to have the skills exam waived if they can show proof of military enlistment or discharge, have operated an equivalent military vehicle in the past two years, possess a valid NY driver’s license, and submit an application for the Military Skills Test Waiver that is signed by the commanding officer.

Additional Information

Information on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

The New York Motor State Department of Motor Vehicles provides administers CDL license requirements in New York. To get more information contact them via:


Phone: 518.486.9786


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