CDL Practice Test


Use this site as a guide to help you prepare for the CDL test in Virginia. Questions on our CDL knowledge exams come from sections of the Virginia DMV CDL manual. You can take these practice test questions as many times as you like, as the site is free to use. 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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Which seats not securely fastened to the bus are usually allowed?

2 / 40

When arriving at the destination announce:

3 / 40

If your bus is equipped with an emergency exit door, it must:

4 / 40

Select the true statement about empty trucks:

5 / 40

A safe haven is ______.

6 / 40

Urban mass transit coaches may have a brake and accelerator interlock system. Which of the following statements is true?

7 / 40

The floor liner for explosives may not:

8 / 40

How much space should you see between the lower and upper fifth wheel when checking the coupling of a converter dolly?

9 / 40

The locking jaws of the kingpin should close around:

10 / 40

When driving in very hot temperatures, you should:

11 / 40

Which of the following statements about bus evacuation is true?

12 / 40

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

13 / 40

Select the item that is not checked in the engine compartment:

14 / 40

What is the standee line?

15 / 40

To find out if a shipment includes a hazardous material, you should:

16 / 40

When inspecting your bus, you must make sure that:

17 / 40

What are some of the important parts in the steering system?

18 / 40

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

19 / 40

Which of the following statements about loading and unloading cargo tanks is false?

20 / 40

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

21 / 40

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

22 / 40

This object should not be damaged, bent, or rusted through and be evenly centered with the tires and dual wheels evenly separated.

23 / 40

What position should the heaviest trailer be in when pulling 3 trailers?

24 / 40

The designation RQ identifies the material's:

25 / 40

Do you need to stop before a railroad crossing if you are hauling 100 pounds of Division 4.3 materials?

26 / 40

When stopping for railroad tracks, you must stop no closer than how many feet before the nearest track?

27 / 40

For emergency braking when driving a double trailer and having to use your brakes to avoid a collision is to:

28 / 40

How do you determine if slack adjusters need to be adjusted?

29 / 40

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

30 / 40

What is most likely to occur when the front wheels begin to skid?

31 / 40

Hazardous materials (that are not forbidden) carried on a bus must be:

32 / 40

______is a device that connects the service and emergency air lines between the tractor and trailer.

33 / 40

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

34 / 40

Five hazard classes that require placarding in any amount are ______.

35 / 40

The compressor is connected to the engine via _____?

36 / 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?

37 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to quick steering movements and double trailers:

38 / 40

What do you need to do to supply air to the air tanks of the second trailer?

39 / 40

What is the purpose of cladding in a tanker?

40 / 40

Select the factor that is known to cause brakes to fail or fade. (more than one answer may be correct, but select only one)

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How To Get A virginia Commercial Drivers License

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

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

Virginia CDL applicants must be certified that they are medically fit to operate a commercial vehicle and pass a vision test. Applicants are required to submit the following documents.

  • (Form 649-F) Medical Examiner Report
  • (Form DL-8) Commercial Driver’s License Self-Certification (This form must be completed by a FMCSA-approved medical examiner.

Interstate non-excepted (drivers who do not work for the state or federal governments) must meet federal DOT requirements. Intrastate non-excepted drivers must meet the state requirements.

Drivers who have had their licenses revoked, suspended, denied or canceled are not eligible for a CDL in Virginia. Applicants can be disqualified for having multiple licenses.

Virginia CDL Endorsements

  • H – Hazmat Vehicles
  • N – Tank Vehicles
  • P – Passenger Vehicles
  • S – School Bus
  • T – Double or Triple Trailer
  • X – Combination Tank Vehicles and Hazmat Vehicles

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virginia CDL License Test Tips

All Virginia CDL applicants must pass the general knowledge test prior to taking the skills test. To pass the Virginia test, applicants must score 80 percent or higher. Applicants who require endorsements must pass additional tests and pay the required fees. The Virginia skills test can be taken 14 days after applicants pass the knowledge test if applicants have never applied for a CDL before and they pass a state-approved driver education program. It includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, basic control skills and on-road driving. Applicants must pass each section.

Military veterans and current military members can apply to have the skills exam waived if they meet the requirements. To qualify for a waiver, applicants must:

  • Be an active member of the military.
  • Possess a valid Virginia driver’s license.
  • Have operate a commercial vehicle as part of their military duties.
  • Have been recently discharged from the military.

Additional Information

Information on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles administers CDL license testing and regulations in Virginia. To get more information contact them via:


Phone: 804.497.7100


Additional Virginia CDL Helpful Links

Please use the links below to access Virginia CDL testing resources and to learn more about practice driving tests for the state of Virginia.