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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. 

1 / 40

A portable tank differs from a cargo tank in that ______.

2 / 40

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

3 / 40

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

4 / 40

What do you do first during step 3 of starting the engine and inspecting the inside of the cab?

5 / 40

The amount of liquid you can carry depends on:

6 / 40

Select the answer that is controlled by the foot brake.

7 / 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?

8 / 40

You should___to reduce the air leakage rate.

9 / 40

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

10 / 40

If you are traveling at 55 mph in a 30-foot vehicle, you should leave how many seconds of following distance?

11 / 40

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

12 / 40

Make sure____when the front trailer supports are up and the trailer is sitting on the tractor.

13 / 40

"Outages" is the word to describe the amount of space required for liquids to expand in as they warm.

14 / 40

This should have no illegal stickers, dirt, obstructions, or damage to the glass.

15 / 40

Select the part that is not a part of the drum brake:

16 / 40

To maintain alertness during the trip, drivers should:

17 / 40

When is it acceptable for non-hazardous materials to be described by hazard class words or identification numbers?

18 / 40

You should expect____when backing a tractor under a trailer.

19 / 40

Select the true statement in regards to when a bulk tank vehicle stops at an intersection on a slippery surface:

20 / 40

At the end of each shift you should:

21 / 40

This object is required to be checked for damage, that it's secure, and strong enough to handle any cargo.

22 / 40

The best way to have control on curves is:

23 / 40

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

24 / 40

At what "cut out" level does the governor stop pumping air?

25 / 40

For what reason do you keep the starter switch key in your pocket during the pre-trip inspection?

26 / 40

Remember to____when connecting the converter dolly to the rear trailer.

27 / 40

What is a passive railway crossing?

28 / 40

You should turn off your engine when loading flammable liquid unless:

29 / 40

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

30 / 40

Under which two special conditions should you downshift?

31 / 40

Select the correct setup for shut-off valves:

32 / 40

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

33 / 40

When accelerating:

34 / 40

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

35 / 40

You can be sure air is supplied to the second trailer by:

36 / 40

Before transporting a sealed load, you must check:

37 / 40

Do empty trucks have the best braking?

38 / 40

What school bus accidents should be reported?

39 / 40

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

40 / 40

What is a common cause of tire fires?

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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:

Website: https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#whatiscdl.asp

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.