Out Of State CDL And Non Approved School??

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Chris H.'s Comment
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OK, I have 2 questions.

A person signs on with ABC trucking to go to their school. How does one get their CDL if the training is not in the employee's home state? People go half way across the country and get their cdl, how does that work?

How restrictive, in relation to job prospects, is it for a person to have a CDL but did not go to an 'official' 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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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How does one get their CDL if the training is not in the employee's home state?

You can go to school to get your CDL PERMIT and finish the license, or you can get your own DOT physical ($50-$150 so shop around) and study the High Road Training Program to take and absolutely ace the test. Then take your CDL permit to school. This will save you school time for more important things.

Or you can go to the "cross the country" school for the whole CDL then transfer your license to Home.

How restrictive, in relation to job prospects, is it for a person to have a CDL but did not go to an 'official' school?

Yes, you can get a DIY CDL, then NO larger company will talk to you.

The "official" schools will train you and your hiring company will know you have properly learned all you need to know to legally drive your truck. In other words, don't go that route.

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.

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Once you have a cdl ,you would just need to apply to companies,each one will most likely send you out,with their in house safety department. Pass their test..you get hired.

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.
Chris H.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info gentlemen.

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