Get a CLP

All of the following must be true for you to be eligible for a commercial learner's permit:

  • You are a permanent resident of South Carolina.
  • You are 18 or older.
  • You have a valid, unexpired SC driver's license.

Make sure you're prepared to pass all required tests before applying.

Applying for a CLP

To apply for a commercial learner's permit (CLP) you must do all of the following:

You’re eligible to take the skills test if you’ve held your CLP for at least 14 days. You are not required to take the skills test until you are prepared to pass the pre-trip inspection, off-road, and on-road driving for a commercial driver's license.

Your CLP is valid for 180 days and can only be renewed or reissued once within a two-year period. 

The endorsements on a CLP are limited to the following:

  • N - Tanker Vehicle
  • P - Passenger Vehicle
  • S - School Bus

The restrictions that are unique to a CLP are all of the following:

  • P - No passengers in a CMV bus
  • X - No cargo in a CMV tank vehicle

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Get a CDL

To get a commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time in South Carolina, all of the following must be true:

  • You are at least 18 to drive within SC.
  • You are at least 21 to drive outside SC.
  • You passed all required knowledge tests for a CDL or commercial learner's permit (CLP) in the class you intend to drive.
    There is a $2 fee for each knowledge test taken.
  • You held your CLP for at least 14 days before testing.
  • You passed the road test, which includes the pre-trip inspection, off-road, and on-road driving.

You must meet these additional requirements to get your first CDL.