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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

This object should not be spliced, cut, chafed, or worn through to allow steel braid to show.

2 / 40

Select the true statement:

3 / 40

What is the main difference between a portable tank and a cargo tank?

4 / 40

What is the service air line controlled by?

5 / 40

Two causes of tire fires are ______.

6 / 40

Which of the following is NOT an important reason to look far ahead when you are driving?

7 / 40

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

8 / 40

When you discharge an unruly passenger, you must choose a place that is:

9 / 40

What should you check for when inspecting a converter dolly?

10 / 40

Where should you place your warning devices if you must stop on a one-way or divided highway?

11 / 40

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

12 / 40

What will probably happen if the converter dolly is still under the second trailer and the pintle hook is unhooked?

13 / 40

If you park the trailer at an angle to the tractor when uncoupling:

14 / 40

The correct trailer height when coupling the rear trailer is:

15 / 40

Which of the following is a reason to evacuate the school bus?

16 / 40

The amount of liquid you can carry depends on:

17 / 40

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

18 / 40

What does the air compressor governor control?

19 / 40

The best way to test the low air pressure warning signal is to:

20 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to large combination vehicles taking longer to stop.

21 / 40

Select the true statement about what the Air Compressor Governor controls:

22 / 40

Which of the following is not a prohibited practice on the bus:

23 / 40

What keeps air in the tanks should the air compressor develop a leak?

24 / 40

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

25 / 40

The two main things to look ahead for while driving are _____.

26 / 40

You need to raise the landing gear just to the height of where it clears the pavement before driving.

27 / 40

Which of the following are some suspension system defects?

28 / 40

Which seats must have a seat belt:

29 / 40

If you work for an interstate carrier:

30 / 40

A placarded vehicle must carry what type of fire extinguisher?

31 / 40

When should the trailer hand valve be used?

32 / 40

If you are hauling hazardous materials and have ___ tires on your vehicle, you must stop and check them every time you park.

33 / 40

Select the reason as to why air tanks need to be drained:

34 / 40

The parking brakes should be used____in air brake vehicles.

35 / 40

If you have riders on board, you must never refuel:

36 / 40

While completing the 2nd component of the air brake check you are required to turn the electrical power on, begin fanning off the air pressure by rapidly relasing and apply the foot brake and _____.

37 / 40

Why is it dangerous to unlock the pintle hook with the dolly still under the rear trailer?

38 / 40

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

39 / 40

What action should you take before driving while drowsy?

40 / 40

The bolst, brackets, or bushings that attach the air bag and/or spring to the vehicle and axle frame are _____.

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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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