The Commercial Driver’s Learners Permit (CDLS)

One of the first steps to starting a new career as a truck driver is to get your commercial driver license, and in order to do that, you must first get your commercial driver’s learners permit or CDLS.

Requirements for a CDL Learners Permit

A commercial driver’s license permit is what you need before you can apply for a commercial driver’s license. The permit allows you to get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle to practice driving and to take part in instructional courses.

So, what do you need to get this permit? It boils down to a few prerequisites:

  • Be 18 years of age to train to drive within the state and 21 years of age to train to drive across state lines.
  • Proof of identity and residency including state licenses, ID cards, social security card, and/or a utility bill.
  • Meet all state and federal motor safety regulations and get a Medical Examiner’s Certificate from the Department of Transportation.
  • Meet all requirements of standard driver education.

Please note that you can’t have both a regular license and a CDL.

What Do I Do After Getting a Commercial Driver’s License Permit?

You can pursue getting your commercial driver’s license after you get your CDL learners permit. After you’ve completed all the required training, you can take the CDL certification exam. This includes a written test and a behind the wheel portion.

If you need more help putting together a plan of action to get your commercial driver’s learners permit and eventually your CDL, get in touch with today. Just give us a call at 1-800-TRUCKER now to launch your new career.

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