CDL from California to Oregon Transfer

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by DanTransit, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. DanTransit

    DanTransit Bobtail Member

    Jan 19, 2021
    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

    Nov 19, 2018
    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

    Dec 2, 2014
    Silverton, OR
    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

    Dec 26, 2011
    Portales, NM
    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

    Jul 4, 2014
    East TN
    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

    Mar 30, 2014
    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.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2021
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