CDL License Questions Along With Other Things

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Tortuga 's Comment
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Hi all,

First of all I've learned a lot on this site, I'm glad I found it!!

I am about to retire in 5 years and am wanting to drive a truck next. I live in Texas but plan to move to Oregon when I retire.

I plan on choosing one of the company sponsored CDL training trucking companies in Texas and work for them for a year before moving on unless they have a job in Oregon.

While looking at trucking jobs in Oregon some require Oregon CDL. What is the difference between a CDL in Texas vs Oregon?

Should I look for company in Oregon to get my CDL training?

I'm sure I'll have more questions as I do not research.

Thank you

Fernando

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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Welcome Fernando!

Where the company is based matters very little in relation to where you live or train. This applies to the OTR companies, not the local gigs. Of all the companies I've worked for or leased on with, none of them were in my state of residence.

I know Millis has a terminal and a school in Burleson, Texas.

Why would you leave Texas for Oregon? That boggles my mind honestly.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Pack Rat is boggled:

Why would you leave Texas for Oregon? That boggles my mind honestly.

Haven't you ever watched Portlandia?

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Fernando, it's true, though. The HQ or even terminal location isn't important in choosing an OTR job. Check out Trucker's Career Guide: Choosing Your First Truck Driving Job

Then look into Paid CDL Training Programs and Apply For Paid CDL Training.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Banks's Comment
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Why would you leave Texas for Oregon? That boggles my mind honestly.

I have the same question because my mind it's also boggled.

PackRat's Comment
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Why would you leave Texas for Oregon? That boggles my mind honestly.

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I have the same question because my mind it's also boggled.

HaHa Errol!

That's two for us!

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My last trip to Portland, I made a wrong turn and ended up downtown last Friday in a rainstorm at 1700! More like a nightmare.

Tortuga 's Comment
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Thanks for the info guy's! As far as why move to Oregon. My wife has always wanted to live there and when we visited Depoe Bay Oregon she fell in love with the area so I told her we could move there to finish out our lives here on Earth when I retire. I know it's more expensive there and I can't pump my owe fuel which is really weird 🤔

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