Class D To Class A

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Aspiring Trucker's Comment
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Has anyone here gone directly from obtaining their Class D license to obtaining their Class A?

or has most people had their Class D for years and then decided to obtain a Class A?

Carl A.'s Comment
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That question has a few variables to it. You have to be 18 in order to obtain a CDL ,and at that only be able to run intrastate. So with that said I would say that not many went directly from a class D to a class A.

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.

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Rick S.'s Comment
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You can go from any class to A, that you want - provided you get the TRAINING YOU NEED in order to pass the written and skills test.

Don't know anyone that jumped into an 18-wheeler - and just passed a driving test without practice.

Most jurisdictions require you to hold a "regular drivers license" for at least a year, before obtaining a CDL.

I've had a DL since '76 - but just got my CDL in '09. And I did go to a 9 week/360 hour course at a local VoTech to get it (shame I haven't actually USED IT yet).

Rick

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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