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Can the CDL test be done on an auto OR must I use a manual transmission?

Yes, it can be done in a automatic HOWEVER if you do test in a automatic you will have an automatic restriction on your license. You will only be able to drive trucks with a automatic transmission. If you need to remove that restriction in the future, you will have to take the driving portion of the CDL test again, maybe even the full test.

If you test in a manual, you can drive either with no restrictions.

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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Hello All,

In researching the Automatic subject I though this thread would be the most legit place to ask this question... Can the CDL test be done on an auto OR must I use a manual transmission? Looking at Roehl midwest regional. Live in Michigan.

Thank you!

You may test on an automatic or automated shift. If you do, your license will have an "auto only" restriction.

With OTR and regional , and even many dedicated positions, this is not really a concern. It can become a hurdle when looking into specialized hauling like heavy haul and also local positions.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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Hello All,

In researching the Automatic subject I though this thread would be the most legit place to ask this question... Can the CDL test be done on an auto OR must I use a manual transmission? Looking at Roehl midwest regional. Live in Michigan.

Thank you!

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You may test on an automatic or automated shift. If you do, your license will have an "auto only" restriction.

With OTR and regional , and even many dedicated positions, this is not really a concern. It can become a hurdle when looking into specialized hauling like heavy haul and also local positions.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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