Idaho CDL Manual PDF




An Idaho CDL Manual is published in both English and Spanish. The CDL Manual in Spanish is an official translation made by the Idaho DMV.

Idaho’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program is designed to improve safety on our highways while meeting federal requirements for testing and licensing of all commercial drivers. You must have a CDL to operate any of the following commercial motor vehicles (CMV): Combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the towed unit is greater than 10,000 pounds; Single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds; Vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons (including the driver); Any size vehicle that requires hazardous material placards.

Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the manufacturer’s assigned weight rating for the vehicle (truck, bus, or trailer), not the vehicle registered weight. On trucks, the GVWR is usually found on a plate or sticker inside the driver’s door. On trailers, it may be found anywhere but is commonly found on the front of the trailer on the trailer tongue or frame. For Idaho, in the absence of a GVWR, the actual weight of the vehicle plus its heaviest load is considered to be the GVWR. The sum of the GVWR of the tires can also be used to determine approximate GVWR. Other states may use other definitions.

Idaho CDL Manual – Jul 2018

Idaho CDL cover

Idaho CDL cover




This CDL Manual is from the official state government page for Idaho. We make every effort to provide the best and most accurate information possible. It is your responsibility to check that you have the most recent Idaho CDL manual.

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Idaho CDL Manual PDF en Español

Idaho CDL en Espanol cover

Idaho CDL en Espanol cover

Here is the Idaho CDL manual PDF in Spanish. The Spanish version might be older than the original English version. Always check the official information links on this website, or check with Idaho officials to confirm that you have the most recent commercial drivers license manual. We cannot be held responsible for any consequences of using this translated edition.

Last modified October 5, 2014 by Tom Archer