Obtain A CLP Before Attending Company Sponsored Training?

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Austin O.'s Comment
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Should I get my CDL permit before applying to a company with CDL training or should I hold off and do everything through the company? I'm in Wisconsin if that helps with my question. Thanks

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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That's the best strategy. You can skip ahead of the people who don't bother.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Not necessarily true. At Prime they had us all get MIssouri driver's license and test for the commercial learner's permit. Anyone who had a permit already still had to go through the process, so paying for the home state was just wasted money. Because state tests are supposed to be slightly different, not all states transferred scores. I'm not sure if it was a Missouri thing since we did the road test there. Maybe the state required the Missouri driver's license. Plus cost in each state could be different. In NJ it was much higher than MO.

best to call and ask the company.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It will vary from company to company because it actually varies from state to state. Each state has different laws. In some cases you'll be ahead of the game if you already have your permit, in others you'll just have to take the test over again.

Regardless of where you're going to get your CDL training, make sure you prepare for the CDL permit exam with our High Road CDL Training Program before you leave for schooling. You'll be well prepared and you'll fly through the permit and endorsement exams.

The High Road has the CDL manual built right in. It's broken down into small chunks with review questions at the end of each section and it keeps track of your scores throughout the program. It's highly effective.

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.
Austin O.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone !

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