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Scott R.'s Comment
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1) Do you have to get your CDL in the state your drivers license is issued?

2) If so, is it better to move to the state where the home base for the company you want to drive for is - or where the training is?

3) Where are the locations of the end of a OTR haul? Company base, anywhere, company sites?

4) Would seem that the travel time from where your haul ends to your home would eat up most of your time off? Do you keep on taking loads until you get close to home?

5) Thanks for the site - lots of good info and people on here. Makes my clutch foot shake and butt ache.

TIA, Robo

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Scott!

1) No. But you have to have some sort of residency in whatever state you have your license in. You can always use a relative's address or whatever, but you have to have some sort of an address.

2) The location of your company makes no difference whatsoever. Companies will hire drivers from areas they know they can get them home to. So as long as a company hires from your area it makes no difference where the company is located.

3) I don't know what you mean exactly.

4) When you're due for time off you send a request for home time to your company. They will find you a load that either delivers near your home (as close as they can find anyhow) or a load that goes past your home with a delivery date after your home time is up. So if you're due to go home on a Saturday, they might give you a load that delivers past your house for the following Monday. You take the load home and then deliver it on Monday.

Hope this helps!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Scott R.'s Comment
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Thanks Brett for the reply! It all makes sense except for CDL school. If I live in Montana, and I take the CDL school in Missouri, do I have to have an address and/or drivers license from Missouri? Thanks again.

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.
Britton R.'s Comment
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Thanks Brett for the reply! It all makes sense except for CDL school. If I live in Montana, and I take the CDL school in Missouri, do I have to have an address and/or drivers license from Missouri? Thanks again.

If you're going to prime in missouri you will get your license in missouri at a temporary adress then you have to transfer it to your home state. I'm guessing most places will be the same or they may give you the paperwork to take to your home state.

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.
Scott R.'s Comment
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Thanks Britton for clarifying that!

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