Starting Monday, April 6, 2020, you will need to have an appointment to complete transactions at SCDMV branch offices.Appointment scheduler
You must take the knowledge, skills, and vision tests when you apply for an original commercial driver's license or upgrade to a different class of license.
CDL Knowledge Tests
The type of knowledge tests you must pass depends on the type of commercial vehicle you intend to drive and the cargo you expect to carry. You may take the commercial driver's license (CDL) knowledge test at any SCDMV branch.
There are no CDL tests offered on Saturdays.
You will find more information on the CDL knowledge test below:
The South Carolina Driver’s Handbook, CDL Manual, or other testing aids cannot be used while taking the knowledge test. You will fail the test if you use a testing aid, use a cell phone, camera, or talk during the test.
CDL Skills Test
You may hear a skills test called a road test.
You must wait 14 days from the date your original commercial learner’s permit was issued before you are eligible to take the road test.
There are three parts to the commercial driver's license (CDL) skills test. You must successfully complete the test in this order:
Do not schedule a skills test until you are prepared to pass all three parts. Study the CDL Manual for the test.
You must take the test in a vehicle that represents the type of CDL you're applying for. The examiner will verify the class of vehicle by checking the manufactures plate. All vehicles used for the CDL skills test must have the manufacture plate to be used for testing. Only you and an SCDMV examiner are allowed in or around the vehicle during the test. If scheduling appointments for multiple individuals in a day and they intend to use the same vehicle, please do not schedule the appointments back-to-back.
Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment tine. If you arrive 10 minutes after your appointment time, it may be cancelled.
Where can I take the commercial driver's license skills test?
If you are applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL) you must take your skills test at one of nine designated SCDMV branches Monday through Friday.
Unless exempt, the SCDMV examiner must verify that every commercial motor vehicle used in interstate commerce that weighs more than 10,000 pounds has a valid inspection sticker. If a commercial vehicle does not have a valid inspection sticker, it does not meet qualifications and you cannot take the test.
Retaking the Skills Test
You must pass all portions of the CDL skills test in sequential order. You may receive credit (bank scores) for portions of the CDL skills test that are successfully completed during the initial issuance of the CLP and as long the CLP is valid.
If you fail any portion of the skills test, it is $25 for another skills tests.
If you cannot complete any portion of the vehicle inspection or basic skills tests once it starts for reasons beyond your control such as inclement weather, the vehicle fails, or the examiner gets sick, the $25 fee will not be charged when you return.
Return Times if you Fail the Skills Test
If you fail a CDL skills test on your first or second attempt, you must wait one week to be retested.
If you fail a CDL skills test on the third attempt or after, you must wait 60 days to be retested.
FMCSA regulation 396.17