Guide to the Commercial Driver License (CDL)

Truck driving in the United States is an exciting and rewarding profession. In some states like in California, truck drivers earn an inclusive 10% over the national average with their salary, perks and bonuses. This is why truck driving is attracting many young men and women. The first requirement to become a truck driver is to earn your CDL license.

A CDL License or a Commercial Driver’s License comes in three classifications – Commercial Classes A, B and C. Each classification of a CDL license permits you to drive a different combination or category of commercial vehicles. Additionally, there are other endorsements which you might need if you want to drive special categories of vehicles like a fire truck or a vehicle transporting hazardous materials.

To earn a CDL license in the United States, you must be at least 18-years old but this restricts you to driving within the state of your CDL license (intrastate driving). If you want to drive across state lines (interstate driving) with your CDL license you need to be 21-years of age and over. This is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulation.

To earn a CDL license you are required to meet or fullfil certain conditions apart from age eligibility -

• Pass a vision test and produce a medical certificate. See a list of CDL medical requirements.

• You are also tested for your general knowledge and relevant skill sets. This includes on-road driving test, a basic control test and a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

Call CDL License at 1-800-878-2537 today and ask for the school nearest you.

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