Questions About Exams

What will I be tested on during the CDL Skills Exam?

The CDL Skills Exam is a three part test consisting of a vehicle inspection, basic backing skills, and a road test.

How do I study for the CDL Skills Exam?

Information on how to prepare for the CDL Skills Exam can be located in the CDL Manual in Chapters 11-13.

How many times can I take the CDL Skills Exam?

Candidates are allowed to take the CDL Skills Exam three times. After the third attempt, they must wait one year from the initial exam before they are eligible to test again.

How long do I have to wait before scheduling a retest?

Candidates must wait at least three business days to schedule a retest. The retest must be at least one week after the initial exam

How long do the tests usually take?

The exam typically takes about 2 – 2.5 hours to complete. There is no time limit on the test.

Can I request an examiner for exam?

We do not allow candidates to request an examiner for their test. All of our examiners follow the state scoring regulations and are equally ethical.

What happens if my exam is cancelled due to inclement weather?

The CDL Exam Scheduler will call you if your exam is cancelled due to weather. The exam will be rescheduled for the next available exam date. You will not be charged an additional fee.

What documents are required to schedule a CDL Skills Exam?

The driver must have a current New Mexico Driver’s license, CDL commercial learner’s permit, and DOT Medical Card. The $200 exam fee is also due at the time of scheduling.

Questions About Vehicles

Do you provide vehicles for testing?

Due to insurance and liability concerns, we are unable to provide vehicles. We cannot provide vehicles solely for the CDL Skills Exam. You must attend a training class with CNM Ingenuity or the CNM Truck Driving School to use one of the vehicles.

I am driving a government vehicle that does not require insurance and registration paperwork. Do I still need to provide this to take the exam?

Yes. We must have this information to administer the exam in your vehicle. Please contact the CDL Exam Scheduler in advance to fill out substitution paperwork. Your vehicle must have a current annual inspection.

What type of vehicle can I test in for a class C license?

A Class C is a vehicle that weighs 26,000 pounds or less. Typically, candidates test in car, truck, or van that will be used to transport hazardous materials OR a small bus that seats 16 passengers. This vehicle still requires DOT Safety Inspection paperwork.

General Questions

Can you send a CDL Examiner to conduct the exam in my city?

No, the CDL Skills Exam must be conducted at a state approved test site on an approved route.      

Do you test for School bus endorsements?

The school bus endorsement (S) can only be administered by the Public Education Department. We are able to administer the exam for the passenger endorsement (P).

Do you test for Tank endorsements?

The tanker endorsement (N) does not require a CDL Skills Exam to obtain. You can have this endorsement added to your license by taking a written test at the MVD. However, if the vehicle you are testing in is a tanker vehicle, you must have this endorsement on your permit in order to test.

Who can I speak to about filing a complaint?

Please submit a detailed email to WTCtesting@cnm.edu. We will conduct a full investigation into your complaint by reviewing all exam materials.

How can I schedule training?

CDL training is available through CNM Ingenuity. Please contact Shanna Sanchez slogan10@cnm.edu

How do I remove restrictions from my license?

  • The following restrictions require a full CDL Skills Exam in a representative vehicle to remove:
    • E – automatic transmission. You must test in a vehicle with manual transmission to remove.
    • O – truck trailer. You must test in a tractor trailer to remove.
    • L – non air brake. You must test in a vehicle with air brakes to remove.

How do I find a certified examiner for the Medical Examination?

A registry of medical examiners is available on the FMCSA website: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/