There is a demand for professional drivers, especially in the trucking industry. To operate a commercial vehicle, you will most likely need a commercial driver’s license (CDL). To get a CDL, you should check with your state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There are slightly differing requirements and procedures from one state to another.
Usually, you are required to complete a written application then acquire a learner’s permit. You will need to maintain the learner’s permit for a while then you must pass a skills test before you will receive a CDL. The state eligibility requirements vary, but those requirements involve age requirements, residency, and medical requirements. You usually must be 18 years old, but if you plan to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines you are often required to be 21.
The Different Kinds of CDLs
There are three different classes of CDLs. You can get different endorsements and certifications that are dependent on the specific job you plan to have. The classes and endorsements you will need determine what you will be tested on and how much your CDL will cost. In some cases, you will have an employer already lined up. They will be able to tell you what kind of CDL and which endorsements you need.
Preparing for Your CDL Permit
You should get a copy of your state’s manual for CDLs. You can get a copy of this manual from your local DMV office, but many schools that train commercial drivers will have copies available as well. When you apply for your CDL, you will need to take a written knowledge test. You should study the manual carefully because it contains all the information that will be included on your test.
You can be better prepared and get the training that you need by going to a professional driving school. Diesel Driving School has trained thousands of commercial drivers since 1959. With the guidance and preparation needed for success, students are helped get the skills they need to qualify for their CDLs and to pass the test. To learn more, call DDS today!