Knowledge Test Class A
This license is required for driving any legal combination of vehicles, with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of a trailer exceeds 10,000 pounds To receive this license, applicants must pass a 50-question test. To pass, applicants must answer 40 questions correctly. Each question has four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the New Hampshire CDL Driver’s Guide. Questions come from chapters covering: Introduction, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if applicable), Combination, Doubles and Hazardous Materials. Endorsements that may be used with a Class A CDL are: Hazardous materials, Tank, Passenger, HazMat and Tank, Air Brakes and School bus.
1. What is a tire load?
Tire load is the maximum weight that a tire can safely carry at a specified pressure. This will be stated on the side of a tire.
2. When exiting your vehicle, you:
When exiting your vehicle during the basic vehicle control skills test, you must face the vehicle and maintain three points of contact at all times. If your testing vehicle is a bus, you must maintain contact with the handrail. Exiting the vehicle incorrectly may result in automatic failure of the basic control skills test.
3. If convicted of a traffic violation, you must inform your employer:
If you are convicted of any kind of traffic violation in any type of vehicle, you must notify your employer within 30 days of the incident. You must also inform your motor vehicle licensing agency within 30 days if the incident happened in another jurisdiction. This rule does not apply to parking infractions.
4. When a vehicle is started, warning lights and buzzers:
After an engine is started, the warning lights and buzzers for oil, coolant, charging circuits, and the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) should go out right away.
5. Applying the brake pedal causes air pressure to activate an electric switch and:
In a vehicle with air brakes, the brake lights are activated when the brake pedal is pushed and air pressure moves an electric switch. With the application of air pressure, the switch will then turn on the brake lights.
6. When driving with covered cargo, a cover that flaps:
Cargo covers should not flap in the wind. They could tear loose, not only uncovering the cargo but also blocking the views of drivers.
7. With the exception of the straight line backing exercise, a driver may exit their vehicle and check its position during testing exercises up to:
A driver is allowed to exit their vehicle to check its position during any basic vehicle control skills test exercise. This action is called a "look." During the straight line backing exercise, a driver may not exceed one look. During any other exercise, a driver may not exceed two looks.
Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain a Class A CDL in New Hampshire, you must first obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP) and pass the required knowledge and skills tests. You must also meet specific eligibility requirements, such as being at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate driving) and having a clean driving record. Additionally, you may need to complete specialized training and obtain endorsements for certain types of vehicles or cargo.
You can also operate vehicles with a weight of 26,001 pounds or more that are designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or hazardous materials. This includes buses and vehicles used to transport hazardous materials such as chemicals or explosives.
It's important to note that certain endorsements may be required for specific types of vehicles or cargo. For example, you may need a tanker endorsement to transport liquid cargo in a tank vehicle or a hazardous materials endorsement to transport hazardous materials.
1. Be at least 18 years old for intrastate driving or 21 years old for interstate driving.
2. Hold a valid New Hampshire driver's license.
3. Pass a medical examination to ensure you meet the physical requirements for operating a commercial vehicle.
4. Obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP) by passing the required knowledge tests for the type of vehicle you plan to operate.
5. Complete behind-the-wheel training with a qualified instructor or employer.
6. Pass the CDL skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and on-road driving test.
7. Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
8. Provide your Social Security number.
It's important to note that additional requirements may apply depending on the type of vehicle or cargo you plan to transport. For example, you may need to obtain specialized endorsements such as a hazmat endorsement or tanker endorsement.
It's important to note that certain endorsements may have additional age requirements. For example, to obtain a hazmat endorsement, you must be at least 21 years old. Additionally, some employers may have their own age requirements for hiring drivers.
However, you may need to obtain additional endorsements depending on the type of cargo you will be transporting. For example, if you plan to transport hazardous materials, you will need to obtain a hazmat endorsement. If you plan to transport passengers, you will need to obtain a passenger endorsement.
Other endorsements that may be required include:
- Tanker endorsement: for drivers who will be transporting liquid or gaseous materials in bulk containers.
- Double/triple trailer endorsement: for drivers who will be operating vehicles with multiple trailers.
- Combination of hazardous materials and tanker endorsements: for drivers who will be transporting hazardous materials in tank vehicles.
To obtain an endorsement, you must pass a knowledge test specific to the type of endorsement you are seeking, as well as any additional requirements such as a background check for the hazmat endorsement.
1. Pre-trip inspection test: This tests your ability to inspect your vehicle for safety issues before driving. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the vehicle's components and systems, and identify any issues that could affect the safety of the vehicle or its cargo.
2. Basic vehicle control test: This tests your ability to control the vehicle in a controlled environment. You will need to demonstrate your ability to perform maneuvers such as backing up, turning, and parking.
3. On-road driving test: This tests your ability to drive the vehicle on public roads safely and responsibly. You will need to demonstrate your ability to obey traffic laws, anticipate hazards, and drive defensively.
During the skills test, you will be evaluated by a licensed CDL examiner who will score you based on your performance in each section. To pass the skills test and obtain a Class A CDL license, you must pass each section with a minimum score of 80%.
1. Double/Triple Trailers: If a driver passes the skills test with a double/triple trailer endorsement, they are restricted to towing double and triple trailers only.
2. Tank Vehicles: If a driver passes the skills test with a tanker endorsement, they are restricted to transporting liquid and gaseous materials in tank vehicles only.
3. Passenger Transport: If a driver passes the skills test with a passenger endorsement, they are restricted to transporting passengers only.
4. Hazmat Transport: If a driver passes the skills test with a hazmat endorsement, they are required to follow additional regulations related to the handling and transportation of hazardous materials.
5. Air Brakes: If a driver does not pass the skills test with an air brakes endorsement, they are restricted to driving only vehicles without air brakes.
6. Automatic Transmission: If a driver takes the skills test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, they will receive an endorsement that restricts them from operating vehicles with manual transmissions.
It's important for drivers to know and follow these restrictions or limitations to avoid penalties and keep their CDL license in good standing.
However, if you require assistance with the written test due to a disability or a language barrier, you may request accommodations from the New Hampshire DMV. These accommodations may include an interpreter or an extended testing time. You will need to provide documentation of your disability or language barrier and submit a request for accommodations in advance of your scheduled testing date.
To request accommodations, you will need to fill out the "Request for Accommodation for Road Test or Written Test" form and submit it to the DMV along with documentation of your disability. This documentation may include a letter from your doctor or healthcare provider, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or other supporting documents.
Examples of accommodations that may be provided include additional testing time, a separate testing room, a reader or scribe to assist with the test, or assistive technology.
It's important to submit your request for accommodations well in advance of your scheduled testing date to allow time for the DMV to review and approve your request.
In New Hampshire, if you fail the written test, you must wait at least one day before you can retake it. You are allowed to retake the test up to two times within a 60-day period. If you fail the test three times within a 60-day period, you must wait at least six months before you can attempt to take the test again.
It's important to prepare for the CDL written test thoroughly before taking it. You can find study materials online or through commercial driving schools. You can also review the New Hampshire CDL manual, which covers all the information and skills necessary to pass the written and skills tests for a CDL license.