Minimum Age for CDL Lowered to 18

Beginning in February of 2020, drivers will no longer have to be at least 21 years old to receive a commercial driver’s license. Governor Kay Ivey recently signed off on a bill that will allow people as young as 18 to apply for a CDL. However, this bill does have restrictions for younger drivers.

According to WEIS Radio, applicants can only apply for a Class A CDL with no hazmat or passengers. Young drivers can only travel within the state and will not be allowed to operate an oversized load that requires a permit from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. All drivers will still be required to take a training course and pass federal and state testing.


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