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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

Your rig should be parked on__to uncouple double trailers.

2 / 40

What should the driver pay special attention to when driving smaller tanks?

3 / 40

While completing the 3rd component of the air brake check of a combination vehicle, at what psi should the tracor protection valve and parking brake valve should pop out?

4 / 40

If you are drowsy, you should _____ before you drive.

5 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to the braking power of spring brakes.

6 / 40

If hazardous material is spilling from your vehicle, do not move your vehicle:

7 / 40

Which of the following statements about downshifting is NOT true?

8 / 40

The trailer height is correct for connecting a converter dolly to a second or third trailer when:

9 / 40

With the engine cut off and the brakes released the air loss in a straight truck or bus should not be more than:

10 / 40

Make sure that_____before you back under a trailer.

11 / 40

Placarded vehicles must carry which type of fire extinguisher?

12 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to as why you should make sure the fifth wheel plate is greased as recommended:

13 / 40

Where are shut off valves located on trailers that are doubles or triples?

14 / 40

Which of the following are possible causes of tire fires?

15 / 40

Should the air pressure in the service air tanks fall below____the driver must be alerted via warning mechanism in the truck cab.

16 / 40

Which of the following statements is FALSE?

17 / 40

You must have placards for explosives, poison gas or flammables exceeding:

18 / 40

Before backing under the trailer after connecting the air lines you should:

19 / 40

What should you hear when you have the hand valve on and are testing the trailer brakes by opening the service air line at the back of the trailer?

20 / 40

If there is not a sight glass to check the oil level you are required to look for leaks around the _____.

21 / 40

You need to be extra careful when driving smooth bore tanks:

22 / 40

Why are you required to take an exam about air brakes?

23 / 40

Select the answer that is controlled by the foot brake.

24 / 40

When stopped on a divided highway where should your reflectors be placed?

25 / 40

Upon what does the amount of liquid you can carry in a load depend?

26 / 40

Select the statement that best describes what the trailer air supply control does:

27 / 40

How often should you check the tires if your placarded trailer has dual tires?

28 / 40

What placards, if any, do you need if your load includes 20 pounds of Division 2.3 gas and 1,001 pounds of flammable gas?

29 / 40

What are the 3 methods for securing a second trailer before coupling?

30 / 40

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

31 / 40

Remember to_____to prevent rollovers.

32 / 40

One reason hauling liquids in tank vehciles require special care is:

33 / 40

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

34 / 40

How do you check the air compressor governor "cut in" and "cut out" pressures?

35 / 40

In what position should shut off valves on the rear of the last trailer be in on a set of double trailers?

36 / 40

You should check____when loading the small tanks of a cargo tank with bulkheads.

37 / 40

Select the definition for outage:

38 / 40

Rods, connecting links, and arms from the steering box to the wheel are a part of the:

39 / 40

Which of these statements about signaling is correct?

40 / 40

What kind of surge can occur in a tank 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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