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PackRat's Comment
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You will go to the CO DMV sometime during the first week there, where you will switch to a CO CDL Learners Permit. That's assuming you pass the General Skills and Air brake tests, which are done via computers at the DMV. All questions are multiple choice. Try and pass the first time because it's an additional cost for each re-test, and for each section. Keep taking practice tests on here and use the course study manuals you'll get at Careers World Wide. Even as a former driver starting over, I did quite a bit of studying the first couple weeks.


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.

Tim H.'s Comment
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Thanks Charles. I've been doing high road (scoring 99% so far on general,combo,air brakes,pre-trip) plus the practice tests they e-mailed, plus my states hard copy manual. Always some study every day. I also have a little over a weeks time off prior to getting on the bus to head out there and will devote that time to study.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I've been doing high road (scoring 99% so far on general,combo,air brakes,pre-trip)

If that is the case, you are GOLDEN!


PackRat's Comment
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You'll be way ahead of most others when you arrive.

Tim H.'s Comment
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Thanks guys.

BillTheSlink's Comment
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Not that it matters but curious, will my drivers license be transfered? Kinda plan to relocate to CO later on anyway possibly. I live in and drive a short school bus that I converted to a tiny home so relocating anywhere would be just a matter of driving there. Not taking it with me yet due to funding this portion of the journey. Thank you much for the info.

Tim, not to high jack your thread, but how do you find places legal for a tiny home? I will be selling this house when I do leave for school and what it would bring would just be enough to cover one. Anywhere I have checked around here they're not legal in the building codes. I am going to mostly live out of my truck but have learned I must have a physical place to call home to be legal. I won't be in it much, so a set up like yours might be the thing for me. I can be emailed at NO_BillTheSlink@SPAM_fuse.net

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Tim H.'s Comment
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Hey Bill! It's basically an rv. In summer months I park at national forest or riverside turnouts. We have a lot of those in NH. Or Walmart. My current employer allows me to park in our lot behind the store for winter months. A local temporary housing agency lets me use their address for a physical address so I was able to get a P.O. box. As for a trailer type tiny home I wouldn't know other than maybe a campground. That's why I went with van/ bus. I can go most anywhere and just get behind the wheel and go if I want. I did a ton of research online and youtube and got lucky finding my my bus at a local juvenile home that sold it to me cheap. I have 14' x 8' living space which seems perfect to me. While I'm at school a friend will let me park it on his farm.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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