Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

Commercial Driver's License Programs (CDL)


800 S. HUTTON Road   FARMINGTON, NM 87401 (505) 327-5705

Commercial Driver's License (CER.CDLT) 15 credit hours

Get the skills and training you need to pass the New Mexico CDL Exam and begin working!

The San Juan College Class A CDL program provides students with classroom instruction as well as hands-on driving practice at our McGee Park Training site and on the highway. Classroom topics include required CDL Manual subjects such as General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination Vehicle, as well as Tanker, Doubles/Triples, and Hazmat endorsements. Also covered are hours of service, weight and balance, vehicle out-of-service regulations and National Safety Council professional truck driver DDC. In addition to practicing truck driving skills, students will learn to operate a forklift, install tire chains on a large truck, adjust air brakes and participate in live fire extinguisher training. Upon successful completion of the training, CDL program graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, a Forklift Training card, a National Safety Council DDC certificate and an Air Brake Training card.

Students who complete the program will be ready to take the New Mexico CDL Examination at the McGee Park CDL test site. The CDL Examination is scheduled during the 8th week of each class and the exam cost is included in the tuition. Students test in the same truck they were trained in.

Also offered are shorter driving only classes for Class B, refresher, upgrade and passenger training.


Note: The program classes are available to NM and CO Residents only. The following are requirements to enroll:

  • Have a valid Driver's License
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to pass DOT Physical and DOT Drug Screen
  • Authorize a DOT drug test history check
  • Short driving classes require students to have a CDL learner's permit.

View the CDL Orientation to become better acquainted with the program offerings.

Program Classes and Tuition (NM Residents/Out-of-State Residents)

Class A Program*
8 weeks
280 hours
8:00-5:00 M-F
CDLT 150 (15 Credit Hrs.)
112 Classroom Hours
Limited to 16 students
NM / Out-of-state
$1221.25 / $2629.75
Class B Program* 2 weeks
80 hours
Limited to 4 students
Permit Required before attending class
*Passenger Endorsement option is available
NM / Out-of-state
$436.88 / $719.38
Upgrade (Class B to Class A )* 1 week
40 hours
Scheduled by special arrangement
Permit required
NM / Out-of-state
$385.13 / $585.63
Refresher (for
previous CDL
1 week
40 hours
Scheduled by special arrangement
Permit required
NM / Out-of-state
$406.00 / $647.50
Brush-up (for current
CDL holders without
recent driving
2 days
16 hours
Scheduled by special arrangement
NM / Out-of-state
$209.25 / $368.75
Additional Classes 1 day
8:00am - 5:00pm

Air Brakes (includes Brake Adjustment)
Hours of Service (Log Book)
Nation Safety Council  Professional Truck Driver DDC Course
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

NM / Out-of-state
$113.75 / $232.25
$113.75 / $232.25

$113.75 / $232.25
$133.75 / $252.25

Online Course 4 weeks CDLT 168 is a online CDL Permit Preparation Course 2 credit hour/General Tuition Rate

*Tuition covers CDL Exam

For more information about the training programs call or visit the CDL Hutton Training Facility   907 S. Hutton Rd.   Farmington, NM 87401  (505) 566-4097



CDL Simulator Simulator Trailor

CDL Truck Driving Simulator

The CDL program has a high tech CDL Truck Driving simulator for student training. It uses state of the art plasma screen displays and can be programmed to simulate a wide variety of vehicle types and training scenarios. It is used to learn basic truck driving skills like shifting, backing and cornering. It may also be used for more advanced driver training such as adverse weather conditions, hazard avoidance and defensive driving. In addition, the simulator can be utilized by local companies for refresher training as part of their ongoing safety programs.

State of New Mexico CDL Examinations

San Juan College is under contract with the state as a third-party tester for New Mexico CDL Exams. San Juan College has fourteen state certified CDL Examiners. CDL exams are conducted according to standards described in the New Mexico CDL Manual (online at the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue website - Motor Vehicle Division) and in printed copies at the state MVD Offices.

CDL exams are conducted by San Juan College in Farmington and Gallup.

To schedule an exam in Farmington, call the CDL Exam Scheduler at the Hutton CDL Training Facility: (505) 566-4097.

To schedule a CDL exam in Gallup, contact Art Burrola at (505) 320-3656.

When: Exams should be scheduled at least 7 days in advance. Testing is normally conducted during daylight hours on weekdays, but Saturday testing is done on a limited basis subject to examiner and test site availability.

Where: The exams are conducted at the McGee Park CDL test site in Farmington, and at the Sports Complex parking lot in Gallup.

Cost: $150.00 for the full three-part examination. Payment must be made by money order prior to taking the exam.

Please make the money order out to San Juan College.

The following items must be presented when taking the exam:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • CDL Learner's Permit
  • DOT Medical Card
  • Evidence of insurance & current vehicle registration
  • Current annual DOT vehicle inspection for the truck or bus (and also for the trailer)

For more information, please call School of Energy at (505) 327-5705, or toll free, (866) 426-1233.