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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.

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You should___to reduce the air leakage rate.

2 / 40

Select whether the following statement is true or false: Front wheel brakes are good to use in all conditions.

3 / 40

These tires should have a minimum tread depth of 4/32 inches.

4 / 40

What are the three types of emergency equipment that you must have with your vehicle?

5 / 40

The baffles in a tank trailer help to control:

6 / 40

It is important for driving safety to always be looking ahead. Which of the following is NOT a recommended time/distance that you should be looking ahead?

7 / 40

Why should you know the outage?

8 / 40

How can you determine if your vehicle is equipped with ABS?

9 / 40

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

10 / 40

You should check that the following makes an audible noise:

11 / 40

You should have the fifth wheel plate greased as recommened because:

12 / 40

This object should be free of shiny treads, rust, free of cracks and distortions.

13 / 40

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

14 / 40

Within 3 minutes, this gauge pressure should build to 90 psi from 50 psi.

15 / 40

Some city transit buses may have a brake-door interlock system, this system:

16 / 40

When should you check your mirrors for a lane change?

17 / 40

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

18 / 40

Which two special conditions indicate that you should downshift?

19 / 40

How do you test the trailer service brakes?

20 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to brake drums:

21 / 40

You should_____to uncouple the converter dolly.

22 / 40

Make sure that_____before you back under a trailer.

23 / 40

When accelerating:

24 / 40

The gauge that needs to come up to normal levels after starting the engine within a few seconds is _____.

25 / 40

When backing your vehicle, which of the following is NOT recommended

26 / 40

Select the factors that can cause your brakes to fade or fail:

27 / 40

How far before a railroad crossing should you stop your bus?

28 / 40

What does the service brake system do?

29 / 40

Forward and back surge is powerful in this type of tanker.

30 / 40

You must be alert for road hazards so that:

31 / 40

Which trailer is more likely to roll over when pulling 3 trailers?

32 / 40

The driver's manual advises you to disconnect the steering axle brake to keep the rig straight:

33 / 40

When approaching a school bus stop, you should:

34 / 40

Play of the steering wheel should not exceed:

35 / 40

The most important hand signal you should agree on with a helper is:

36 / 40

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

37 / 40

This object should be clean with no obstructions, illegal stickers or damage to the glass.

38 / 40

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

39 / 40

You should____to check the free play of manual slack adjusters on S-Cam brakes.

40 / 40

The 3 parts of the air brake system are: service brakes, parking brakes, and ____.

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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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