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How should I prepare for CDL school, and what should I bring?

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In most cases, your preparation will include getting your commercial learner's permit and DOT physical, though it may depend on your state and company or school.

Additionally, you will need to make personal & financial arrangements for whatever family situations you have going on, like spouses, children, pets, bills, etc.

Your company or school should be able to provide lists of things that you will need to bring with you to school or training, but we have some great ideas to get you started.

Do I have to get my Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) before attending school?

Check with your school or company. Typically if you are attending private school in your home state, you should go ahead and get your permit.

Some company-sponsored training programs will have you wait until you get there, but if you are allowed to get it earlier, it will put you that much farther ahead and closer to driving on your own.

Do I need to get my DOT physical before going to trucking school?

Again, it will vary by state. Some states require it before getting your permit. Check with your state, school, & company.

What kind of family arrangements should I make before CDL school?

One of your biggest concerns will be paying whatever bills that you have, and making sure that your family is supported.

Most of the time, it will be at least 4-8 weeks before you actually start pulling in paychecks, and even then they may be small to start with.

Additionally, you may need to make arrangements for your children or pets to be cared for in your absence, if you have them.

What items do I need to bring to truck driving school?

Your company or school should be able to give you a list, but we have some great lists right here.

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