Entrance Requirements

How to Sign Up​

Are you interested in learning more about the CDL program? Fill out a short form to register for the info session, ​and an info packet will be emailed to you.​​​​​​

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The following items must be completed before you attend the first day of class:

  1. Register for an electronic information session to obtain the information packet with detailed checklist or pre-requisites to getting started in the program.

  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. You must have a valid Iowa driver's license in order to obtain a CDL permit.
  4. You must Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) from the Iowa DOT before starting class.​​
    • ​Obtain CDL Learners Manual from Iowa DOT (study guide).

    • Download Iowa DOT Smart phone app on your phone; search for Iowa CDL on the app store (study guide and practice tests).

    • Obtain an appointment to test for your permit at the Iowa DOT (iowadot.gov​)

    • Must pass 3 tests 80% or higher (General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination tests).

    • Once passed you must present your Birth Certificate or Passport to have the Permit issued. Note: Iowa CLPs are valid for one year.

  5. Present your actual Social Security Card. If you do not have the actual card, one can be obtained free of charge from the Social Security Office at 455 SW 5th St., Suite F, Des Moines. You WILL need this to register at DMACC and for some items at the Iowa DOT. (Note:  Laminated cards are not accepted by the Iowa DOT).​​
  6. Secure your funding. Funding mu​st be complete before starting in class. This process may take several weeks.
  7. Obtain a copy of Motor Vehicle Record (MVR). You can get this from the IA DOT Driver's License Station on Corporate Woods Dr. Cost is $5.50 in person or obtain on-line from the IA DOT website for $7.00 at https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/Account/Login. (You need the MVR prior to the first day of class.)
  8. Pass a D.O.T. physical. You must get a DOT physical from an FMCSA certified physician. Typical physical costs range from $75 to $95, and the clinics have the DOT physical forms on site. Certified clinics close to our location include:​
  9. Mid-Iowa Occupational Testing
    5911 Meredith Dr., Suite D, Urbandale

    Concentra Medical Center
    2100 Dixon, Suite E, Des Moines

    Medix Occupational Health
    1824 SW White Birch Circle, Ankeny

    Please refer to the FMCSA website https://nationalregistry.fm​csa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam 
    for a complete listing of all DOT approved physicians.

  10. Drug test.  Every student is required to take a drug test, but do not take the drug test until you are specifically instructed.