Out Of State CDL And Oilfield Work

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Austin J.'s Comment
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Hi everyone! long time reader on the forums first time poster. I am currently enrolled in sage CDL school in SLC Utah and will be graduating soon with all my endorsements and a class A license . I am interested in pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry but understanding many oil companies need some experience Im also looking into go OTR for a year or two to get the experience needed. (im thinking of driving flatbeds for Doug Andrus) the question i have is if i move to ND or Texas for oilfield work will i need to retake the CDL test? being that my CDL is from utah im not sure how all that would work. Any tips or information would be appreciated.

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.

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.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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The CDL and all the endorsements are good nationwide and I believe without being sure also Canada and Mexico. As to what a job in the oilfields will require beyond that for experience you need to check with individual employers. I am sure it is different for many.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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As far as we're aware Illinois is the only state that will require you to retest. Other states you simply go to the DMV and pay the fee.

Regarding oilfield work your idea of getting experience OTR will likely be the fastest, and safest way to get hired working the oil fields. Another option is to just get your foot in the door doing labor and then work your way up. My brother in law worked for Haliburton and got his CDL through them after a couple years. Problem with the oil fields is when it's good, it's great! When it slows down it REALLY hurts financially. Many young guys out there dont understand that and end up in financial ruins when they get laid off and cant make the payment on their 300k mortgage or 2 pickups and boat or ATV. Brother in law got laid off and got a call back after 4 months but opted to not return as it's too unpredictable. I'm not sure if you'd be required to retake Hazmat to transfer, but you do need to redo that endorsement every 2 years.

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

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.

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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