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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 be free of shiny treads, rust, free of cracks and distortions.

2 / 40

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

3 / 40

Which of the following is NOT a part of the steering system?

4 / 40

After the initial drop, the maximum leakage rates per minute is:

5 / 40

Some hazardous materials may not be loaded together with other hazardous materials. The prohibited combinations are listed in the:

6 / 40

When driving in very hot temperatures, you should:

7 / 40

When should you avoid using the parking brake?

8 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to what the fifth wheel should be checked for.

9 / 40

Select the true statement about tractor protection valve:

10 / 40

Which of the following is the most important reason for doing a pre-trip inspection?

11 / 40

In what position should the converter dolly air tank drain valves and pintle hook be in?

12 / 40

The gauge that indicates normal or increasing lubrication pressure to prevent engine seizure, failure or breakdown is:

13 / 40

What is the reason that placards are used?

14 / 40

If you are stopped on an incline, how can you start moving without rolling back?

15 / 40

When inspecting your bus, you must make sure that:

16 / 40

Select the statement that is true in regards to managing space to the sides.

17 / 40

What school bus accidents should be reported?

18 / 40

Which seats must have a seat belt:

19 / 40

Which of these statements about signaling is correct?

20 / 40

What are spring brakes?

21 / 40

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

22 / 40

Select the false statement about tractor protection valves.

23 / 40

Who is responsible for packaging, labeling, and preparing the hazardous material shipping papers for a common carrier?

24 / 40

When checking for_____you are looking for dripping fluids or puddles on the ground below the transmission or engine.

25 / 40

When there is a hazardous materials emergency. You should:

26 / 40

A tank trailer should never be fully loaded due to:

27 / 40

Should your air compressor stop working:

28 / 40

A slack adjuster is:

29 / 40

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

30 / 40

Before backing under the trailer you should______when coupling a tractor and trailer with air lines already connected.

31 / 40

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

32 / 40

You should check that the following makes an audible noise:

33 / 40

What does the amount of liquid allowed in the tank depend on?

34 / 40

Cargo tanks ____.

35 / 40

Which of the following types of emergency equipment must you have on your bus?

36 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to empty trucks:

37 / 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?

38 / 40

The transport index of a radioactive material:

39 / 40

Which of the following three hazard classes should NOT be placed into a temperature-controlled trailer (one with a heater/air conditioner unit)?

40 / 40

Animals and human foodstuffs should not be loaded in the same vehicle with?

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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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