Nebraska CDL Requirements (A Complete 2023 Guide)

Nebraska CDL Requirements (A Complete Guide)

Planning to become a commercial driver in Nebraska?

Then the first step is to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL).

And that’s what we’re here for. 

We’re going to walk you through all the Nebraska CDL requirements — from beginning to end. We’re also going to give you all the details — from which CDL class you need to whether or not you should get an endorsement. 

With this, you’ll know everything you need to know. 

So let’s dive right in!

CDL Classes in Nebraska

CDL classes classify the different commercial vehicles you can operate. 

Now, in Nebraska, there are 3 CDL classes: 

  • CDL Class A – can operate a combination vehicle with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of more than 26,001 pounds. The towed vehicles’ Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) should be more than 10,000 pounds.
  • CDL Class B – can operate a single vehicle with a GVWR of more than 26,001 pounds. If towing a unit/vehicle, it should not exceed 10,000 pounds.
  • CDL Class C – can operate a single vehicle that has a GVWR of fewer than 26,001 pounds. If towing a vehicle/unit, it should have a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less. Plus, these vehicles should either transport 16 or more passengers OR transport hazardous materials requiring placards. 

Naturally, the CDL you need will depend on the commercial vehicle you plan on operating. 

A lot of CDL holders prefer to get a CDL Class A. This is because, with it, you are allowed to drive Class B and Class C vehicles (with the proper endorsement). Likewise, CDL Class B is allowed to operate Class C vehicles but not Class A. 

So make sure you choose wisely. 

CDL Endorsements in Nebraska

Now, some commercial vehicles require special training to operate them. A CDL endorsement on your CDL license will prove that you got the proper training. 

In Nebraska, there are 6 endorsements that you might need: 

  • H – If you want to transport hazardous materials
  • N – If you want to drive tank vehicles 
  • P – If you want to transport passengers
  • S – If you want to drive a school bus
  • T – If you want to drive double/triple trailers
  • X – If you want to drive a tank vehicle to carry hazardous materials

CDL Requirements in Nebraska

So you’re ready to begin the process?

The first step is to see whether you are eligible to hold a CDL in the state. Here are the eligibility requirements: 

  • Must be at least 18 years old (driving intrastate) or 21 years old (driving interstate)
  • Must have valid proof of US Citizenship or Lawful Status
  • Must have proof of residence in Nebraska
  • Must have a Social Security Number
  • Must have one valid driver’s license
  • Must not have a suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified driver’s license
  • Must pass the FMCSRs’ health requirements 

NOTE: You can check here for acceptable documents you can use. 

How to Get A CDL in Nebraska

And now for the most important part — the how-tos in getting a CDL in Nebraska. 

The CDL application process is made up of two parts:

  • Commercial learner’s permit (CLP)
  • Commercial driver’s license (CDL)

Let’s walk you through the steps. 

How to Get Your Nebraska CLP

Just like a regular driver’s license, you first need a permit to practice your driving skills. 

And here is how to get that: 

  • Prepare the following documents:
    • Valid proof of US Citizenship or Lawful Status
    • Proof of residence in Nebraska
    • Proof of identity
    • Social Security Number
    • Valid Medical Certificate Card (if getting a Class A – Interstate – Non-Excepted CDL)

NOTE: For a list of accepted documents, click here

  • Submit all your documents and self-certify what type of operation you will engage in. 
  • Pass a vision test. 
  • Pass the CDL written test. If you’re applying for an endorsement, you might need to take additional tests. 

NOTE: You can prepare for your CDL written test by reviewing the Nebraska CDL Manual.

  • Pay $15 for your CLP.
  • Receive your CLP. This is valid for 180 days. 

Now you can practice driving! But don’t forget that you must be supervised by a licensed commercial driver at least 21 years old at all times. 

How to Get Your Nebraska CDL

Before you can upgrade to a CDL, you must complete the following:

  • Hold your CLP for at least 14 days
  • Have a valid CLP. Remember, it is only valid for 180 days, but you can renew it if you need more time. 
  • Complete an Entry-Level Driver Training program from an FMCSA-approved trucking school

When you’re ready, you can apply for a CDL. Here are the steps:

  • Schedule a CDL skills test. All skills tests are by appointment only, so reserve a slot by calling (402) 471-7983. 

NOTE: You can also take the CDL skills test from an approved third-party tester. However, you will have to pay a fee. 

  • On your visit, bring the following:
    • Your valid CLP
    • Your valid Class O license
    • A commercial vehicle representative of the CDL class you are getting
    • Valid proof of US Citizenship or Lawful Status
    • Proof of residence in Nebraska
    • Proof of identity 
    • Social Security Number
    • Valid Medical Certificate Card (if applicable)
  • Pass all 3 parts of the CDL skills test:
    • Pre-trip vehicle inspection
    • Basic control skills
    • Road test 
  • Submit your CDL skills test certificate. 
  • Pay the CDL fee of $55 + the $5 security fee.
  • Wait for your CDL to be issued. 

Congratulations! You are now officially a licensed commercial driver in the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about the Nebraska CDL process? Here are some FAQs to help you out. 

How much does a CDL class cost in Nebraska?

The price for your ELDT program will depend on the provider. On average, CDL programs can range between $2,500 to $4,500. 

How many questions are on the Nebraska CDL test?

There are 50 multiple-choice questions. You are given 1 hour to answer everything. To pass, you need a score of at least 80% (40 correct answers).

How do I get a hazmat endorsement in Nebraska?

To get a hazmat or H endorsement, you are required to complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment. You can apply for this assessment by contacting this number, 1-855-347-8371

You will also need to pass a medical screening and hazmat written test. 

How many questions are on the hazmat test in Nebraska?

There are 30 questions on the hazmat endorsement written exam. You need 24 correct answers to pass.  

How long does it take to get your CDL in Nebraska?

Once you get your CLP, you only need to wait for 14 days before you can apply for a CDL. 

However, if you’re not ready to take the skills test just yet, you can use the 180-day validity of the CLP. 

On top of all that, you also need to complete Entry-Level Driver Training, which usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.


And that was your complete guide to Nebraska CDL requirements. 

Now that you know everything you need to know, the process won’t be so complicated or overwhelming. Just follow the steps one by one and you’ll soon be a licensed commercial driver in the state. 

So what are you waiting for?

You can get started by choosing the CDL class you want/need. 

Good luck!

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