Are CDL Licenses Hard to Get?
Like most professional licenses, a CDL, or Commercial Driver’s License, requires some training and practice behind the wheel. Similar to your regular driver’s license, you will need to pass a test with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles in order to demonstrate you have the ability to operate a truck or tractor trailer. If you are thinking about getting started towards a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS), read on below!
CDL License Requirements
For starters, a CDL License generally has a minimum age requirement of 18. This may vary from state to state so make sure to check your state’s age minimum and meet it, otherwise you will have to wait to apply.
CDL Licenses require you to have passed a health physical by your State’s Department of Transportation. They will assess and make sure you are physically able to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle and do not have a medical condition that would prevent you from being able to do so. If you are ready to have a physical completed by a medical provider that is authorized, you will have your blood pressure, weight, eyesight and more checked to determine if you will be able to receive a certification.
Next, how is your driving record? This will be looked at during a required background screening. You do not need to have a perfect driving record but it will be reviewed. If you have had too many moving violations or DUIs within recent years this may be an obstacle. Your record does not have to be squeaky clean, as there are allowable driving offenses. It might be a good idea to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to obtain a copy of your driving record so that you are aware of what violations are on it and have it handy for later as you apply for jobs. If you have a criminal record, you may need to talk about and give further explanation about what happened.
If none of the above are issues, you can get a CDL Test Study guide from the DMV to see what is on it. These study materials can give you an idea of what you will be learning when you attend schooling for a CDL at NETTTS, where you will be taught the skills needed to become a CDL driver, including road tests so you can pass the paperwork and driving portions of the test.
The Steps to Getting a CDL License
Each State has slightly different requirements for receiving a CDL License, but share the same main guidelines. Here’s what you can expect:
- Do you mean the age minimum requirements? Did you pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) health physical? Make sure you meet these requirements so that the rest of the process goes smoothly.
- You will need a permit. Have you prepared for the driver’s exam? Did you study? The written test is not general knowledge, you will have needed to know details about air brakes, combination vehicles and more. And have you practiced in a vehicle before? NETTTS CDL License program can help you prepare!
- If you are looking to add additional endorsements on to your CDL license, such as driving Hazardous Materials (HazMat) cargo, you will need an additional background screening and fingerprinting.
- After you are prepared by NETTTS to take the CDL test, you will take a 3 part exam. Besides the road test, this includes a pre-trip inspection test in and outside the vehicle, as well as a basic controls test.
How difficult is CDL training?
CDL training is a goal that can be reached with practice, practice and more practice! Go into your training with a can-do-it attitude! Show up on time, every day, ready to learn. This will keep CDL training fun as you learn the necessary skills that will lead you to becoming a licensed professional truck driver. Study hard, figure out what you learn through hands-on experience, and do what it takes not just to pass the exams but to be a really be skilled at what you do.
CDL training school with NETTTS!
NETTTS offers both Class A CDL Training Programs as well as Class B CDL Training Programs. Attending a training school is one way to prepare for getting your Commercial Driver’s License. With CDL training at NETTTS, instructors teach the basics of CDL trucking, including vehicle maintenance, different components of the vehicle, Federal and State regulations and safe driving techniques, and prepare you to get your CDL Learner’s Permit. You will learn, hands-on in the vehicle and in the classroom what information you need to know to pass the written CDL exam.
Ready to get started? Don’t waste any time getting working towards a new opportunity with NETTTS! Change your future by finding out more online today or call us at (800) 542-0009. Currently, we’re able to offer you Class A and Class B CDL training in and around the following states: Pawtucket, RI, North Andover, MA, Bridgeport, CT, and Hartford/Springfield MA. Take a few moments to learn more online today and you’ll be able to schedule a time to speak with an Admissions representative about the truck driver job opportunities and CDL training schools in your area!
Mike Demars is a 28-year trucking veteran, as well as a graduate of New England Tractor Trailer Training School with well over a million miles logged on the road. Prior to being the Regional Director of Safety & Training for our Connecticut locations, Mike spent over a decade on the road as an owner/operator of a long haul transportation company and previously managed drivers as a Driver Manager and Safety Director. He has achieved the level of Master Instructor and holds his certificate in Collision Avoidance, and is often sought as an industry expert to discuss practices within the field and to testify in transportation and trucking matters.