About us

Located in Bemidji, MN, CDL Express rents out a vehicle with or without a trailer for your commercial driver's license exam, practice driving, backing and pre-trip inspection.  

Why did we start this?  When we went to get our own CDLs, we realized there was no where to rent a truck in Northern Minnesota and we had to travel to do the practice and exam, and then travel again for a retest.  After hearing many similar stories from people in Bemidji and nearby cities, we decided to give people the option to do it locally and affordably.  Compare our pricing - you won't find a better deal!

All you need to rent a truck from us and take your road test is to get a 6 month permit from any Minnesota driver's exam center by passing the knowledge tests.  You will need to pass the general knowledge and air brake tests for a Class B license, and if applying for a Class A license, you will also need to pass the combination vehicle knowledge test.
That's it!  You're ready to practice and take the road test.

Important!  Very soon, Minnesota will be changing its law regarding commercial driver's licenses.  Minnesota will begin placing automatic transmission only restrictions on class A and B CDL licenses unless the road test is performed in a truck equipped with a manual transmission.  With that restriction, a person may not legally drive a truck with a manual transmission.

In addition, Minnesota will also begin placing a tractor-trailer restriction on class A licenses unless the road test is performed in a full tractor-trailer setup.  This restriction would prevent a class A license holder from driving a tractor-trailer.  Minnesota has adopted this law change but it has not yet gone into effect.  It is planned to go into effect on May 4th, 2015.  It's possible that it may be delayed as they attempt to implement the changes, but it is not certain.  Your license will be grand-fathered in if you pass your road test before this change.

While we agree with these changes to Minnesota CDL licensing laws, it means that people who obtain their CDL licenses before this law goes into effect will be grandfathered in with no restrictions - no need to rent a tractor-trailer or have to test with an unsynchronized manual transmission.  Get your license before this happens and avoid all the extra work!