Hello Everybody. I Have A Question About CLP.

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Tractor Man's Comment
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If I am the smartest guy in the room, I am probably in the wrong room. 🤔

Yes......that is what I meant to say!


Rick S.'s Comment
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Thanks everybody. I understand.

I passed general knowledge, combination and air brakes.

I have experience to drive truck from other country.

To get CLP in state of Missouri i have to be employed and brig dmv letter from employer, like "he is employed", either way I can't go to DOR.

I alredy have company where i can work but they located in IL. That company works all of America. DMV wants only MO company.

So my problem now to find company who will hire me with no CDL A license and then wait when i pass DOR testing.

Hmmmm - this gives a little more info...

Experience driving truck in another country?

Have you held a REGULAR US DRIVERS LICENSE for at least ONE YEAR? Usually this is a REQUIREMENT for a CDL license (and most companies require it).

Hate to ask - but - are you IN THIS COUNTRY LEGALLY - and do you have a VISA THAT INCLUDES THE RIGHT TO WORK? Some states are REAL PICKY ABOUT THIS (Florida IS - Kalifornia, probably NOT - MO, hmmmm?).

You may have to start out AS A STUDENT - even with experience - and if you don't have the REQUIRED TIME LICENSED with a regular license in the US - you might have issues getting a CDL.

The other thing you might consider (all other things being equal) is to establish a residence in the state where you claim to have a job (IL) and get a license and CLP there, then test for your CDL-A.


1 - In order to WORK (legally) in the US - you have to have the proper Visa and Right To Work. Where are you from, are your papers in order?

2 - Unless you are from, say Canada - most of the time, a foreign drivers license is not going to be acceptable as proof of previous "regular drivers license" (non-commercial operators license), even if it was a Truck Drivers License. You can transfer a CDL from US State to US State - but not a foreign country to US State.

If you meet the prerequisites of licensing, residency, etc. - you could (in theory) apply to any of the companies we discuss here, that provide training and employment.




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.


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.


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.


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Rick S.'s Comment
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If I am the smartest guy in the room, I am probably in the wrong room. 🤔


Yes......that is what I meant to say!


One of my best friends plays guitar in a number of bar bands down here - I sit in on a regular basis.

He says - "yeah, I tell all my friends Rick's the smartest guy I know".

My response - "but all your friends are MUSICIANS so that ain't saying a whole lot".


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