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Mike H.'s Comment
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In Massachussetts,the DMV won't let you take the written HazMat test unless you pass your CDL.You can get the background check done with you permit,though.While I was there,I also applied for my TWIC card for $125

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.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Sorry - the link isn't formatting correctly - use a search engine, enter TSA Hazmat and look for the ".gov" site. There are a ton of places that will take your money to help you apply. Just follow the directions on the TSA site and you'll work through it pretty easy.

https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/hazmat-endorsement

Interesting. I am in NY, so it says go to DMV for application and fingerprinting information. Wonder why they didn't mention it?

I can't post the link either. I'll try direct html, maybe that will work.

TSA Background check

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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That link did work. I don't think the forum's link generator likes the dashes in the address.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Do you have an enhanced license, passport, or TWIC? Not sure if you'd need them, but I went for everything when starting out and don't regret it.

I have an enhanced license.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Well its about freaking time!!!

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jersey i had to take a form to a 3rd party for the finger printing and a week.later got the results in tge mail to take back to the DMV

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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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Well its about freaking time!!!

rofl-1.gif

jersey i had to take a form to a 3rd party for the finger printing and a week.later got the results in tge mail to take back to the DMV

good-luck.gif

The day I set a date for school and paid (nonrefundable) the deposit on lodging, I had 4 huge orders. I'm trying to get them filled before I close the business. Feast or Famine

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.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Grumpy... I thought about getting my CDL for 7 years. 4 years before I got divorced my ex told me you're too old to do this. And then I waited 3 years after my divorce to take the leap. Damn do I wish I would have done it earlier. But it is what it is, and I am really enjoying it. Even though there are days you wonder what the hell am I doing? God bless you and your journey. I am currently on my longest run with my company. With picking up my load in Michigan and heading to Utah it's going to be almost 1,800 MI I was almost giddy when I got my pre-plan. I was switched off a load Wednesday that was almost nine hundred miles to the East Coast. My dispatcher said I need you to do this load which was only 250 miles and two stops. Also meant driving at night which I hate LOL both stops were during the night. When I got done with that he threw me this 1800 mile run. I want to say life is good... But I also know that it just snowed in Wyoming. Time for a new challenge. Good luck with your new career.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks, I appreciate it.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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All the endorsements will be a moot point at Wolding. No hazmat , tanker, or doubles here. Just a LOT of paper products, sugar, tacos, car parts, shoes, clothing, furniture, and mixed loads for Menards and Shopko. I have hauled hazmat, but not in placardable quantities. It was Coleman camping stuff bound for Shopko.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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All the endorsements will be a moot point at Wolding. No hazmat , tanker, or doubles here. Just a LOT of paper products, sugar, tacos, car parts, shoes, clothing, furniture, and mixed loads for Menards and Shopko. I have hauled hazmat, but not in placardable quantities. It was Coleman camping stuff bound for Shopko.

Well, that is good, I really have no desire to haul HazMat, or pull a tanker, and I definitely won't be doing doubles or triples. Seems a shame to waste the test, maybe I'll get the HazMat anyway, someone here said they needed it because of the quantity of common household chemicals they were carrying. Bleach, I think. Couldn't hurt to have it, I guess.

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.

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