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Free North Carolina CDL General Knowledge Test (NC)

  • Perfect for first-time and renewal CDL/CLP applicants, and those adding endorsements
  • Based on 2024 NC commercial driver's license manual
  • Updated for July 2024
Verified by Steven Litvintchouk, M.S., Chief Educational Researcher, Member of ACES. See our detailed commitment to accuracy and quality in our practice tests.
Commercial Driver's License

About this test

Available in EN and ES

Your knowledge of traffic signs, signals, right-of-way rules, trucking laws, speed limits, vehicle inspection, and basic commercial vehicle safety will be tested to help you become a safer driver today. Each of our 50 multiple-choice questions is based on the North Carolina Commercial Driver’s Manual and applicable North Carolina laws. Each question includes a hint and an explanation. It is recommended that you check each question’s explanation to gain some further insight into the rule being tested. Good luck and drive safely!

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North Carolina CDL FAQs in 2024

How do you obtain a CDL in North Carolina?

To get a CDL in North Carolina, start by obtaining a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) after passing the required knowledge tests. Hold the CLP for at least 14 days, then complete CDL training (if you choose to) and pass the skills test. Ensure you meet all medical and age requirements.

What is the cost of getting a CDL?

The cost for a CDL in North Carolina includes a $40 fee for the CDL itself and a $20 fee for the knowledge test. Additional fees apply for endorsements and skills tests.

Is CDL school required?

CDL school is not mandatory in North Carolina, but it’s highly recommended for comprehensive training and preparation for the skills test. Employers may also require or prefer CDL training completion.

How long does it take to get a CDL?

The time to get a CDL in North Carolina varies. After obtaining a CLP, you must hold it for at least 14 days. The duration of CDL training programs, if chosen, can vary from a few weeks to several months.

Can you take CDL classes online?

In North Carolina, while some theoretical aspects of CDL training may be available online, the practical skills training and testing must be completed in person.

How challenging is the CDL permit test?

The difficulty of the North Carolina CDL permit test varies, but with proper study and preparation, including a thorough review of the NC Commercial Driver License Manual and practice tests, many applicants find it manageable.

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Enhance your preparation with our comprehensive General Knowledge test collection, tailored to cover all key topics of the CDL exam. For a complete understanding of the expenses involved, check out our guide on CDL license cost, and for a step-by-step guide to getting your CDL, visit our CDL license guide.

What to expect on the actual NC CDL exam

50

questions

40

correct answers to pass

80

passing score

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