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Britton R.'s Comment
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What kind ot fees are there for licenses and endorsements when you are getting started? Im planning on going into the Prime training program and it looks like they will pay (loan) for some of that stuff at the beginning. Im going to attempt to get my cdl permit and anything else I can afford prior to getting there to stay a step ahead and not worry as much with the bookwork side of things. I think with the info here and elsewhere on the web I can be fully prepared to take any tests and not need to retake any of them. What kind of fees am I looking at? How do the endorsements work? Do you test for those when you get your permit or later? Also how long do they last? I'm planning on going to training in August. Can I start getting things now or will they expire before then?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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What kind ot fees are there for licenses and endorsements when you are getting started? Im planning on going into the Prime training program and it looks like they will pay (loan) for some of that stuff at the beginning. Im going to attemp to get my cdl permit and anything else I can afford prior to getting there to stay a step ahead and not worry as much with the bookwork sde of things. I think with the info here and elsewhere on the web I can be fully prepared to take any tests and not need to retake any of them. What kind of fees wm I looking at? How dl the endorsemnts work? Do you test for those when you get your permit or later? Also how long do they last? Im planning on going to training in August. Can start getting things now or will they expire before then?

Hey Britton, doing a quick glance at your states DMV site, led me to this MO DMV.

Looks like for your permit, its $7.50 and valid for 6 months, your lic. is $22.50 - 3 yr $25.00 - 6 yr. As for endorcements, im not sure, I couldn't find anything on that.

Your best bet would be to goto your local DMV office, and check with them.

Hope this helps you out.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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Also, wanted to add, if your thinking of prime, Talk with Steve Marshall, he went through prime.

I do believe prime has a school in springfield.. I know they have a terminal , but not sure on the schooling there.. If so then you'll be pretty set with getting your CDL there. Won't have to worry about transfering it to another state. Win win in my eyes.

good luck

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Im going to attempt to get my cdl permit and anything else I can afford prior to getting there to stay a step ahead and not worry as much with the bookwork side of things.

Outstanding! That's the way to do it.

I think with the info here and elsewhere on the web I can be fully prepared to take any tests and not need to retake any of them.

That's correct!!! Well, except the part about needing other websites. We have everything you'll need to pass the CDL permit test and the endorsement exams right in our High Road Training Program. We even went above and beyond the requirements for the permit and endorsements by creating fantastic sections on the logbook rules and weight & balance because you'll need that critical knowledge out there but the schools really don't teach it well at all. So we cover it all.

How do the endorsements work? Do you test for those when you get your permit or later? Also how long do they last?

All of the endorsements are relatively short multiple choice exams that can be taken immediately after passing the written exam for your CDL permit. The exception is Hazmat which requires fingerprinting and a background check along with the written exam. The process for the Hazmat usually takes several weeks on average.

The endorsements last a lifetime except for Hazmat which must be renewed every two years. I'm not sure if they do another background check or not to be honest with ya but I believe you have to take the written exam again.

I'm planning on going to training in August. Can I start getting things now or will they expire before then?

Every state is different but in a lot of states the permit is only good for between 30-90 days. So you can begin working through our training program and definitely go through our entire Trucker's Career Guide but don't take any of the written tests until a week or two before you're ready to start the schooling.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
EngineeringMother's Comment
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You must take the written test again and get another background check every time you renew HAZMAT. I just did it the first time two weeks ago. Had to go to State Police to get fingerprinted after passing test at DMV. Check their schedule, it is only done on certain days/hours and it cost me $127.50 (in PA). Renewals don't cost quite as much.

Do all the endorsements when you get your permit, while you're in the test taking mode. I passed them all easily after using the training on this site. Thank you, Brett!

TWIC card (allows you unescorted access to every port in the country) cost another $130. Good for five years. No test, just fingerprinting and background check. That's what the fee pays for in both these cases.

Best of luck, Britton. You've come to the right place to get started in your new career.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Britton R.'s Comment
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Ouch, I thought 50 would be on the high end of things. I may have to put off going to training even longer to save some cash. Or maybe take out a small loan to get through until I start making money. I have to go to the dmv next month so I can get a little more state specific info then.

Thanks for the replies

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Jamie S.'s Comment
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On this note, what about the DOT physical/drug test? Do these need to be done before you can get a permit?

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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On this note, what about the DOT physical/drug test? Do these need to be done before you can get a permit?

No, I believe you can get the permit without the physical but not the actual CDL license.

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.

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.

Pebbles (Juelma N)'s Comment
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Mine is $61 total in ky for fees and stuff. Prime told me I needed to get my permit in my home state first.

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