CDL from California to Oregon Transfer

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  1. DanTransit

    DanTransit Bobtail Member

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    Hello, thank you for reading and answering.

    I moved to Oregon and I tried calling the DMV but "all their circuits are busy. Goodbye." I have an appointment to get an new medical cert and then I am going to the DMV. I can't find a straight answer on if I have to take any tests aside from the standard non commercial written test since I am surrendering my license. From what I can see, it seems like I just have to surrender my license and take the written for the standard test with no skills test.

    Does experienced trucker know?
     
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  3. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    I switched my Arizona license to Oregon three years ago and all I was required to do was take a class c driver exam and present my valid medical long form.

    But that was before covid. :tongueSTARS13:

    I guess now everything is done by appointment.
     
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  4. shanman

    shanman Light Load Member

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    I switched my Colorado class A to Oregon class A 6 years or so ago and all I had to do was take the motorcycle written test to keep my M endorsement. No tests for the license itself. I only remember that because I failed the motorcycle test. Had to read the manual study and then go back before I switched my license to Oregon.
     
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  5. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I guess every state's different. When I moved to NM from CA back in 2012, I switched everything over with no issue. The only written test I had to retake was the HAZMat and that was it.

    Of course if I plan on having to relocate to another state for whatever reason, I try to see which state is easiest when it comes to switch-overs. AZ and CO are split between where I might have to go next.
     
  6. racemaxx24

    racemaxx24 Heavy Load Member

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    CA and IL are the only 2 states that require you to retest in a CMV to transfer your CDL, that I know of
     
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  7. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

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    I originally got my class A license in California, pre-cdl days. I've moved to a few states in the meantime, then to Illinois. So I had to take the driving test again here. After 15 years of experience and having my license for 33 years, I failed in the practical, as I was taking the test in my 236" Peterbilt with 53' container from work. Because of the tail swing, it crossed the lines in 45° backing. The tester gave me guff about it and I gave her guff for passing guys who couldn't drive.

    I paid $200.00 to a school to let me take the test in their short tractor with 48' trailer.

    So I've taken the test in the 2 states that would require it.
     
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