Learners Permit

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Pitkin's Comment
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Hi everybody.I have a question.When you doing your permit and you want to take your endorsments with your CDL A licence test,are there tests for each endorsments? So If you want doubles/triples, tanker, hazmat do you have tests for each(25-30 questions)?Thank 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.

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Yes you do.

Nacho B.'s Comment
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You are correct. However, with Hazmat , you need to have your background check done prior to any kind of testing. At least in my state, This is NOT done through your states DMV , but from a third party service. I'm assuming your are from PA from your profile information. Here is some information on Hazmat for PA. Note that it can take anywhere from two weeks to a month to get your results. (Mine was one month and one day).

Can I make one suggestion though? For your permit, just take your General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination tests. While you are in school and getting your license, you can apply for your Hazmat background check as well as study for any of the others you may want or need. The main reason for this is that you only need those first three tests for your schooling. If you DO have other endorsements on your permit, be aware that while taking your pre-trip test, your examiner is free to ask you all sorts of other stuff pertaining to those endorsements. Why add that stress?

Once you finish school and have successfully passed your pre trip, skills, and road tests, you can right there on the spot add the add'l endorsements and take the appropriate tests needed for them.

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pitkin's Comment
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Thank you very much.So I guess, get my permit,licence and then I only need to take test for each endorsment I want to have.And then it is only test,no other pre trip and all that correct?

You are correct. However, with Hazmat , you need to have your background check done prior to any kind of testing. At least in my state, This is NOT done through your states DMV , but from a third party service. I'm assuming your are from PA from your profile information. Here is some information on Hazmat for PA. Note that it can take anywhere from two weeks to a month to get your results. (Mine was one month and one day).

Can I make one suggestion though? For your permit, just take your General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination tests. While you are in school and getting your license, you can apply for your Hazmat background check as well as study for any of the others you may want or need. The main reason for this is that you only need those first three tests for your schooling. If you DO have other endorsements on your permit, be aware that while taking your pre-trip test, your examiner is free to ask you all sorts of other stuff pertaining to those endorsements. Why add that stress?

Once you finish school and have successfully passed your pre trip, skills, and road tests, you can right there on the spot add the add'l endorsements and take the appropriate tests needed for them.

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Nacho B.'s Comment
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Right! After you get your driver's license, adding endorsements is just a test similar to the way you test for the air brakes, and combination vehicles portion. There's a cost for each, but it's minimal. In Illinois, it's $5 per endorsement. So 15 bucks if you want to add Hazmat , Double/Triples, and Tankers. (The Hazmat background check, separate from the DMV charge, was $86.50 for me here).

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

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Just to clarify something:

In my state of NY, I did not need any background check to TAKE the hazmat endorsement test. I took the test the same day as the other endorsements. But I did need the BG check before the endorsement was OFFICIAL.

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

Pitkin's Comment
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Thank you everybody

Just to clarify something:

In my state of NY, I did not need any background check to TAKE the hazmat endorsement test. I took the test the same day as the other endorsements. But I did need the BG check before the endorsement was OFFICIAL.

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

Jodi 's Comment
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In Nebraska I was able to take hazmat test with all other tests to get permit then did back ground check before I had cdl and that way by the time I graduated bg check was done and sent to DMV and when I went to get cdl everything was done and had hazmat from day 1

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

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.

Penny's Comment
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Nacho B, that's not necessarily true.

I was able to take my HazMat written test prior to having a background check. In South Carolina.

I will have to go get the background check done and get a letter from TSA to take back to the DMV to get the endorsement put on my license.

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

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.

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