Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a truck for a living? When thinking about this option, remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean driving cross-country loads; it can also mean driving a delivery truck around town or hauling materials a short distance. Whatever option you had in mind, remember that you will need your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to operate a truck in the United States.
Just what is so different about a Commercial Driver’s License? For one, it allows a person to operate a truck with than 26,000 pounds of hauling capacity. This differentiates the use of the license from a large pick-up truck you would see on a farm to a truck that is covered much like the larger trucks you see on the road. There are also many different classes of the license, however, for the purpose of this blog, we will focus on the moth basic: the Class A CDL license.
The first thing you need to know before applying for a CDL is that it is mandatory by most truck companies that you need to be at least 21 years of age for interstate driving or at least 18 years old for intrastate driving.
Other requirements include:
- Appear for the Department of Transportation physical exam.
- Pass a drug screening test.
- Produce a valid driver’s license issue in the state in which you live.
- Take the General Knowledge Test.
- Take the Road Driving Test.
Once you have completed these requirements, you will be able to receive your commercial driver’s license and be able to drive a truck in the United States.
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