Does One Have To Be A Citizen Or Permannent Resident To Get A Cdl?

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Lisheng Y.'s Comment
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Fellows : At the end of 2016,I will come to US through an J2 visa,then I am going to apply an work permit card , I am not a citizen or permannent resident. Can I join the test,and then get an CDL.?

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.
Lisheng Y.'s Comment
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Fellows : At the end of 2016,I will come to US through an J2 visa,then I am going to apply an work permit card , I am not a citizen or permannent resident. Can I join the test,and then get an CDL.?

I just sort out from the CDL manual of Oregon that it seems that Oregon state need the requerements mentioned above..

but in the California CDL manual I didn't found the same thing required above.

Does the real situation like that.?

Thank you very much if you can tell the real things like.

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.
Tractor Man's Comment
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That is a good question. I sure see a lot of foreign drivers in my travels. I am not sure of their credentials. I would check with some of the Major Carriers and ask about qualifications. With the so called "driver shortage" the Federal Government appears to be subsidizing these Carriers somehow. Many of these drivers speak broken English. I also hear many speaking to each other and on their phones in their native tongues. I would love to hear back from you on what you find out. Thanks for bringing up the topic. Good Luck!

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MC1371's Comment
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From what I saw in MN, a work permit is fine. You do not need to be a citizen for basic CDL A. The regs on HazMat and TWIC are different though so there is that to consider.

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.

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

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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You are still (typically) going to have to hold a REGULAR DRIVERS LICENSE FOR ONE YEAR - to apply for CDL.

So - once you GET HERE - and get a REGULAR DRIVERS LICENSE (where you usually need to show some kind of residence status in order to obtain a regular drivers license).

Keep in mind, a J2 visa infers that a J1 visa holder ALREADY RESIDES HERE - and that you are a spouse/dependent of a J1 holder coming here to join them.

J2 Visa Information

BUT - as someone who is NOT A PERMANENT RESIDENT - or does NOT HAVE A PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD you cannot LEGALLY OBTAIN A CDL - per FMCSA Regs.

That would be 49 CFR Part 383.71 COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE STANDARDS

So - on a J2 Visa - even with work authorization - you probably WILL NOT be able to get a CDL.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.
TNTrucker73's Comment
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Most carriers will want a Perm resident card before they will hire you.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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Hi Im a PR but ive been a PR since teenage Im now 26. You can have cdl in any state get endorsement once you hold a US DL for atleast a year.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Flatie wrote:

Hi Im a PR but ive been a PR since teenage Im now 26. You can have cdl in any state get endorsement once you hold a US DL for atleast a year.

I just realized I am wearing a baseball cap that's older than you.

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.
Phoenix's Comment
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I had to present my PR card.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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Flatie wrote:

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Hi Im a PR but ive been a PR since teenage Im now 26. You can have cdl in any state get endorsement once you hold a US DL for atleast a year.

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I just realized I am wearing a baseball cap that's older than you.

Haha really? WOW! I just turned 26 last August , still i feel like im 16 haha!

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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