How does a driver get an “E” (automatic transmission) restriction removed from their driver’s license?
Applicants who test for a CDL in a commercial motor vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission are given an “E” restriction on their licenses. The driver is not permitted to operate any commercial vehicle that does not have an automatic transmission. To operate a commercial motor vehicle with a standard shift or manual transmission, the driver will be required to retest in a commercial motor vehicle that is equipped with a standard shift or manual transmission.
To remove the “E” restriction, the CDL driver must:
• Obtain a CDL learner’s permit for the operation of a standard shift or manual transmission. The driver may continue to operate a
commercial motor vehicle with an automatic transmission during this time.
• Retain the learner’s permit for at least 14 days.
• Schedule a skills test with a proper accompanying driver and provide a representative vehicle of the correct type and class. The
vehicle must have a standard shift or manual transmission.
• Conduct an air brake check (if equipped) to make sure the brake system is working properly. This is not scored.
• Pass an on-the-road skills test.
• Obtain a new CDL license that removes the restriction.

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