CDL Permit

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Auntie Am's Comment
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How long are CDL permits usually valid for? I was thinking I'd like to get it and my DOT physical done a week before I start school. Do you think this would be a problem?

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Your permit should be good for 6 months. Full pass on DOT physical is 2 years, however you'll be required to retake that when you are employed as a driver.. on your new company's dime, of course.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Pretty sure it depends on the state. I think NJ was 6 months.... but I think my MO one was almost a year???

Michael C.'s Comment
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I got my done about 2 and 1/2 weeks before starting school. Shouldn't be a problem at all.

Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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How long are CDL permits usually valid for? I was thinking I'd like to get it and my DOT physical done a week before I start school. Do you think this would be a problem?

AA

Here in UT it is good for six months, the caveat is that you can not take skills/road test for 14 days after you earn your CDLP.

^scott

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.

Robert M. (Opey)'s Comment
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KY is 6 months also, and you are not eligible for the skills/road test for 14 days.

Auntie Am's Comment
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Thanks for the responses! I am from Florida and the man at the tax collector/dmv couldn't tell me if FL even HAD a permit! I also messaged a driver on here but he has yet to get back to me (he is settling into his new place of employment so no worries). It's good to know 6 months seems to be the length. Thanks again everyone!

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.

Noah 's Comment
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Good for 6months in Illinois and no road test until 2 weeks of getting permit.

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