When Can I Get My CDL Permit????

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Matt B.'s Comment
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With the Minnesota lock down on government due to Covid 19, no DMV's are open to take the written skills test and get my permit, thus cannot go to any school. Does anyone have any idea when they will open the DMV for written tests since trucking is deemed necessary? Thanks in advance.

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.

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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There are a few of us on here from around the country in the same situation, including me in PA. The CVTA is lobbying state governments to open their DMVs for Commercial licensing/premits.

In PA, our governor extended the stay at home order until May 8th.

With the Minnesota lock down on government due to Covid 19, no DMV's are open to take the written skills test and get my permit, thus cannot go to any school. Does anyone have any idea when they will open the DMV for written tests since trucking is deemed necessary? Thanks in advance.

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.

Greg M.'s Comment
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You may want to give CRST a call. I think they have you get your permit in Iowa when you go there for school.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Unfortunately you're probably going to need to wait this out. Even if you're able to get on with a company that doesnt require you to have it beforehand you will have trouble getting it. I read almost all the diaries over in the CDL Training Diaries section and the ones that help you with your permit still send you to the DMV to take your permit test. The licensing exam on the other hand is often handled on site but until they open up the DMV whether it's in MN or another state you're unfortunately S.O.L. As Bullitt mentioned there are a few members of the forum in the same predicament right now. Hopefully they open up soon so all you guys can move forward.

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.

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.

Matt B.'s Comment
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Thanks to all of you for your responses and information. I think I am going to have to wait until the DMV opens to CDL testing. I looked it up and seen where Minnesota has the same thing that Bullit said about lobbying to open DMV for commercial purposes, so hopefully that will come through.

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.

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.

Guy B.'s Comment
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Hey Matt-have you taken the DOT physical already as well?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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