A CDL is not required to operate a Tesla semi.

Without a commercial driver's licence, no, you cannot operate a Tesla Semi.

A commercial driver's licence (CDL) is needed to operate a commercial vehicle on public roadways in the majority of the United States.

Drivers without a CDL should not operate Tesla Semi trucks,

which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and represent a threat to the public if driven carelessly or without adequate skill.

All prospective truck drivers must demonstrate proficiency in a number of areas before being hired,

including road sign recognition, fatigue management, alcohol and drug awareness, and the operation of heavy vehicles.

In addition, the Tesla Semi may need to meet stricter age requirements than those of some states' CDL standards.