How to Get Your Commercial Drivers License

If you’re thinking about a career in truck driving, there are a few requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to obtain your Commercial Drivers License (CDL). First, it’s mandatory by most trucking companies for a driver to be at least 21 years of age when driving interstate and at least 18 when driving intrastate.

If you have fulfilled the age requirements, there are a few other requirements that you’ll need to take care of before hitting the open road. This includes taking the CDL license test, which is broken up into two parts:

  1. The General Knowledge Test- The first part, which is the general knowledge test, includes relevant subjects like: air brakes, cargo vehicles, endorsements, passenger vehicles, combination vehicles, tank vehicles, endorsements, school bus endorsement, and triples. Depending upon the license that you are pursuing, you may be asked to appear for more than one knowledge test.
  2. The Driving Test- Once you pass the required knowledge test, you can take the CDL skills test or the Road Driving Test. The three parts to the CDL skills test are: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. You are required to take these three tests according to the type of vehicle you wish to be licensed for. Once you have completed these requirements, you’ll be an official commercial licensed driver.

Now all you’ll need to worry about is getting in compliance with the Department of Transportation so contact us today!

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