If you’re considering a career as a truck driver, one of your options for getting trained is paid CDL training. Some trucking companies will pay you while you’re being trained for commercial driving and allow you to pay them back after you’ve been hired.
Before going any further, I recommend you read about some of the companies that offer "on the job" training:
Each state has its own laws governing how to get a CDL, but there are some qualifications and requirements that seem to be fairly consistent no matter in which state you choose to acquire your CDL.
Most states require you to be a resident and have a valid driver’s license in the state in which you’re applying for your CDL. Typically, you’ll also be required to agree to a background check of [...]
CDL driver salaries varies a lot depending on the type of vehicle you drive, the load you carry, and of course the hours you work. Below we share some earning statistics from the US Department of Labor to give you a better idea of the earning potential of commercial drivers.
Heavy Truck & Tractor-Trailer Driver Statistics
Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers earned a median hourly wage [...]
Three different CDL Classification exist (Class A, Class B and Class C) and federal law requires states to issue a CDL to drivers accordingly.
Class A CDL: Any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Class B CDL: Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing [...]
The cost of acquiring a commercial drivers license varies depending on the type of CDL training you go through. Below we provide rough estimates of CDL costs based on a number of different scenarios:
Scenario 1: You want to be a commercial truck driver and want to work for a large trucking company.
In this case you’ll no doubt be able to get your CDL completely free of charge by doing your [...]
Some basic CDL medical requirements need to be met before you can drive commercially. Below we walk you through exactly what you need to do to get medically certified, where you can find a medical professional to perform the test required, and the types of tests provided.
For an in depth guide to what’s required in order to meet Department of Transportation guidelines, download the PDF below.
While the CDL requirements may vary a little from state to state, the basic requirements for obtaining a commercial drivers license are fairly similar nationwide.
Here’s an overview of what’s required:
You must be at least 21 years of age for interstate driving.
You must be at least 18 years of age for intrastate driving (driving in your home state).
You must be able to read and speak [...]
What exactly is a Class A CDL?
A Class A CDL allows you to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a weight of 26,001lbs (11,793kg) or more, a towing capacity of over 10,000lbs (4536kg), and no restrictions on the age of your passengers.
The Class A CDL offers the most flexibility of the 3 Commercial Drivers License Classes (Class A, Class B and Class C).
Class A CDL Requirements
What exactly is a Class B CDL?
A Class B CDL allows you to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a loaded weight of 26,001lbs (11,793kg) or more, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a maximum weight of 10,000lbs (4536kg), and no restrictions on the age of your passengers.
The Class B CDL offers a greater allowance with regards to what you can drive and tow than the Class C CDL but [...]
What exactly is a Class C CDL?
A Class C CDL permits you to drive any vehicle that doesn’t fall into Class A or Class B (less than 26,000lbs), but is designed to either transport 16 or more passengers or for transportation of hazardous materials that require a placard display. In addition to being able to carry less weight than a Class A or Class B CDL, the Class C CDL also limits passenger age [...]