The US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has put forward several federal CDL regulations that need to be met by applicants. A CDL is a commercial driver’s license that must be obtained by anyone wishing to take up a trucking career and operate big rigs, semi-trucks and buses, as per the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986.
Federal CDL regulations require that candidates successfully pass the CDL license skills test. The test checks the applicants’ aptitude and skills for driving these trucks. As per federal CDL regulations, each state designs and develops their own skills test but the minimum passing standards have to meet the federal requirements. Basic knowledge pertaining to the truck or commercial vehicle you intend to drive, air-brake knowledge and associated skills are test under the federal CDL regulations.
In order to receive a CDL in any state, the driver will have to surrender all other driver’s licenses issued by other states. The CDL itself is governed by federal CDL regulations. Under the federal guidelines, each CDL must contain information like the full form ‘Commercial Drivers License’, the full name of the driver along with the address, age, sex, weight, height, and date of birth and the signature of the driver. Other information to be included is the name of the state, the state license number held by the driver, date of issue and expiration of the license, type of license and air brake restrictions, if any.
There are other CDL regulations pertaining to the health of the driver. A complete DOT physical must be obtained by the driver to ensure that the federal CDL regulations are met and the health criteria is satisfied.