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Wine Taster's Comment
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Been working on getting my hazmat endorsement. I got my CDL - A learner's permit with N (tanker) - P (passenger) - T (twins) endorsements. NC DMV said I could not test hazmat until I got my TSA HME background check. So, I find a universal enrollment center (UEC) and paid the $86 and got my background check done. I was told at the time to not do TWIC until my HME came back so I could get a discount. Well, the HME came back all good. I go back to the UEC to get the TWIC process going. Guess what, you do not get the discount unless you license shows the hazmat endorsement. So, I call the NC DMV and make sure that they have the HME on file so I can test hazmat. It was on file. During the conversation, the person at DMV informs me that they will not put a hazmat endorsement on a CDL - A learner's permit. He said I could test and the test score will remain on file for 90 days. He said when I get my full CDL, the hazmat endorsement would be added at that time. Sigh! Anyway, I paid the $126 to get the TWIC process going without getting the discount. They said because I just got cleared on HME that my card should be there in less than 10 days. Now, I am trying to decide if I should even test hazmat yet. I will still have to go to DMV when I get back from school and transfer my CDL back to NC anyway. I may just test hazmat then. Hazmat is really a .....

Anyway, I hope this helps others as they get ready for their new careers. Any questions?

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.

Justin N.'s Comment
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Ha, you answerd the only question i had. Stay out of North Carolina!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Yea that's pretty normal in every state. You can take the haz mat test and pass it but it will not be add until you get the actual CDL license. I would suggest if you have the time do it now before going to a company.

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.
Wine Taster's Comment
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Really? I was thinking I would just wait and do it when I come back from school when I have to go and to transfer my license back to my state anyway. Is there an advantage to doing it now?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Really? I was thinking I would just wait and do it when I come back from school when I have to go and to transfer my license back to my state anyway. Is there an advantage to doing it now?

Sure is. The main advantage is you have the time. Simple as that. Once you are on the road you have very little time. Even if you plan to do it during your home time some how you will not have the time. In trucking procrastinating Is the death of some very well made intentions. Not saying you can't do it later but once you get home for home time you will put it off.

Good example. I was going to get my haz mat again when I got my TWIN card. Only problem was the inspector that did the testing was not there that day. See? Plan spoiled. Somehow I never seemed to have the time even though I take 7 days off every time I take hometime. It's a good thing to cause I don't need to pull hazmat.

Do it while you have the time and you are in a testing frame of mind.

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

Starcar's Comment
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Well, the obvious advantage is, when you go to get your CDL , the HM will be put on it automatically...then when you transfer it, it will go with you...and you'll be done with it....

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.
Michael Y.'s Comment
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I live in Arkansas and just took my CDL-A permit tests Tuesday 2/18. They allowed me to take the HAZMAT endorsement test even though I have not done anything with TSA yet. I guess each state is different.

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

Wine Taster's Comment
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I live in Arkansas and just took my CDL-A permit tests Tuesday 2/18. They allowed me to take the HAZMAT endorsement test even though I have not done anything with TSA yet. I guess each state is different.

I can test. The question is, did they actually place the H or X endorsement on your license? NC will not let you carry the H or X endorsement on a learner's permit. When I think about it, it is not a bad policy. Do you really want a driver trainee pulling 40,000 pounds of explosive materials or acid, etc?

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

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I live in Arkansas and just took my CDL-A permit tests Tuesday 2/18. They allowed me to take the HAZMAT endorsement test even though I have not done anything with TSA yet. I guess each state is different.

Yea I live in Arkansas also. Best place in the world. definitely Better than Georgia. shocked.png

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

Chief's Comment
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From what I can gather you are going to a school in a state other than NC, getting your CDL there and then going back to NC and transferring your license back to NC. A word of caution about the hazmat endorsement. It USUALLY is the one endorsement that is NOT transferrable from state to state. Make sure you check with NC DMV to see if they accept the hazmat endorsement from another state before you go through the trouble and expense of getting it someplace other than NC.

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.

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