Requirement For European Truck Drivers

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Mathieu C.'s Comment
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Hi everybody I'd like to become a truck driver in USA but i'm french and i'd like to know if european trucks driver's licences are valid in USA and to know how to validate these licences in USA. Is it better for me to obtain the CDL in USA or to obtain its equivalent in europe and validate it in USA?

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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You would have to get a US one, as far as I l know you would have to have a US address and regular license for at least a year before you would be eligible for one. Then you would need to take and pass the tests.

G-Town's Comment
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You will need to have a non-commercial drivers license in one of the lower 48 states before qualifying for a CDL permit in the US.

European truck driver license is not transferable to US.

How do you intend on getting a US work visa. Trucking companies do not sponsor visas.

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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1 - A European Trucking License is not valid to operate a Commercial Vehicle here in the states, there is no reciprocity. 2 - For the most part, you must have a US regular drivers license for a year, to obtain a CDL (most companies require this also). 3 - If you are not a US Citizen, you must have a green card or other work authorization to operate a Commercial Vehicle (or, legally, to get ANY EMPLOYMENT). Many states (like FL) will not even issue a regular operators license, without "legal status" in the US.

If you are HERE ALREADY, and have held a regular US license, and have authorization to work - then you shouldn't have any issues. If you live in Europe - you won't be able to just come over, get a CDL and go right to work.

Rick

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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