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. 

1 / 40

What should you do before you begin to couple?

2 / 40

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

3 / 40

How do you hook a combination to a second trailer without spring brakes and without using wheel chocks?

4 / 40

Which of the following statements about overhead space is true?

5 / 40

With most hazardous materials, you may park within 5 feet of the road briefly, if your work requires it. The materials that are the exception and do not allow parking this close to the road are:

6 / 40

Why should you not use the trailer hand brake to straighten out a jack knifing trailer?

7 / 40

Which of the following should you do when confronted by an aggressive driver?

8 / 40

In Column 1 the symbol "I" means:

9 / 40

How do you make sure the air lines are not crossed and the trailer brakes are working after supplying air to the trailer?

10 / 40

You are required to have a tank endorsement when transporting:

11 / 40

While driving at night, which lights should you use as often as you can?

12 / 40

You should back up slowly until____when coupling the trailer.

13 / 40

Select the true statement about empty trucks:

14 / 40

At a railroad crossing, the bus is required to stop at the stop line. If there is no clearly marked stop line, what is the required minimum and maximum stopping distance?

15 / 40

The best way to go into a curve is to decrease your speed going into the curve and then ____going through it.

16 / 40

Play of the steering wheel should not exceed:

17 / 40

How do you check the coolant level?

18 / 40

Select the false statement about suspension:

19 / 40

What do yo need to do before supplying air to the air tanks of the second trailer?

20 / 40

You should_____when checking the slack adjusters on S-Cam brakes.

21 / 40

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

22 / 40

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

23 / 40

You should be in the proper gear before going down a hill because:

24 / 40

If you are required to stop at railroad crossings, you must:

25 / 40

The best way to test if the spring brakes come on automatically is to:

26 / 40

When should you not use the parking brakes?

27 / 40

Buses may carry small-arms ammunition labeled ORM-D, emergency hospital supplies, and drugs. However, buses must never carry:

28 / 40

You must first______to supply air to the trailer.

29 / 40

The golden rule for school buses when approaching and crossing railroad tracks is:

30 / 40

You should___to reduce the air leakage rate.

31 / 40

A shipment described on the Hazardous Waste Manifest may only be delivered to another _______ carrier or treatment facility, who then signs the ______, giving you a copy which you must keep.

32 / 40

When driving with multiple trailers, which one should be right behind the tractor?

33 / 40

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

34 / 40

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

35 / 40

It takes special care to drive tankers with liquid in them because:

36 / 40

With Division 1.2 or 1.3 Explosive B, how close to the travelled part of the roadway can you park?

37 / 40

Select the true statement about empty trucks:

38 / 40

Select the correct description for a bulkhead tank.

39 / 40

A safe haven is:

40 / 40

What action should you take before driving while drowsy?

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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.