Can You Move During 1st Year OTR W/ Large Carriers?

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Defnasty's Comment
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Going to CDL school in a week or so, have my permit, DOT card already, and can't stand where I live currently. Has anyone moved out of state during their first year OTR? Thanks Defnasty

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Your company doesn't mind where you live, as long as you are in their hiring/ service area. The issue is with your state's license. That is up to you, and you have to pay whatever fees the new state asks for, just like with your regular license.

The thing about hiring area: The company arranges your routes so you can easily take your home time. Often you have a load, and the route goes close to your place, and you get extra time to stop by. If your company, say, works the Midwest only (like Falcon Transport) and you move to Colorado, you may need to look for another company. This is not a problem for a national company.

Pete B.'s Comment
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To add to what Errol said, whatever state you are considering moving to, you might look into that state's requirements for getting your license transferred there. For example, when I went to CDL school in Montana, I had to get my Virginia drivers license transferred to Montana; it was easy-peasy. Then I had to move to within the hiring area of the particular job I wanted with a particular company, which was in Texas. Getting my license transferred from Montana to Texas was a nightmare.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Defnasty's Comment
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Yup moving to Austin as Oklahoma City has nothing to offer for my family. Thanks! Wish me luck at school I got this!

Pete B.'s Comment
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Coincidentally, Austin is my 'home of record.' Your family will love the city. I've only spent a few days there, but there's much to do. Good luck w/your CDL school!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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