New CDL testing rules went into effect today, July 20, 2015. They actually went into effect July 8, 2015. But, the State of Colorado is ready today. One of the most interesting changes regards CDL Skills testing outside of your home state. The rule number is FMCSR 383.79. "The State of domicile of a CDL applicant must accept the results of a skills test administered to the applicant by any other State".
You need to take the written test for your CDL Permit in your home state. After you obtain your CDL Permit at home: you can travel to another state for school. You'll take the CDL skills test in their state. You'll then go home to obtain your license. The CDL Skills test will be out of the way. Your State must issue a CDL based upon the test results from another State.
The feds mandated that every State comply. We're finding only a handful of states that know what we're talking about. FMSCA says that the test results must be transmitted electronically between the States. The primary means of this exchange is through software developed by AAMVA. Nobody knows for sure which States are complying with regulation 383.79. You need to check with your home state before traveling to an out of State school.
I know the States listed below have used the AAMVA CDL Scheduling system in the past. It's a good guess that the State's listed below are ready to exchange CDL SKills Test results electronically. Make sure you check with your local DMV (good luck) before going out of State.
Illinois-Check with Rock Valley College about CDL Training in Rockville, IL.
Kansas- Apex CDL provides skills testing in Kansas City, KS.
Texas- Our friends at AAA CDL School in Houston, TX will be happy to answer your CDL Testing questions.
Texas-Check with Southern Careers Instititue and their new Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator program in San Antonio.