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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Just an update. I went to cartersville, GA to take my Cdl test, and I passed. I’ve got 13,000 miles in with my trainer, so I should be finished with my 15k later this week and into my truck next week.

PLEASE let us know~!! Miss your posts, man~!!

~ Anne ~

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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.
tripletdad's Comment
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I’m at 14,100 miles now, and I’m home for a few days to get my Cdl permit converted to a regular Cdl. Should I get any extra endorsements.

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Just an update. I went to cartersville, GA to take my Cdl test, and I passed. I’ve got 13,000 miles in with my trainer, so I should be finished with my 15k later this week and into my truck next week.

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PLEASE let us know~!! Miss your posts, man~!!

~ Anne ~

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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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I'd highly recommend you get all endorsements possible. It's going to be far easier to get it taken care of now than in the future. If you decide after a year you want to switch jobs you will already have any endorsement they require whether its tanker, hazmat or doubles. I'd hate for you to miss out on an opportunity that you feel is a better fit because you can't get home to get an endorsement they require. I'm not sure if you already have it, but Hazmat does take longer due to background checks and is the only endorsement that you need to renew. The rest once you pass the test once you'll have them for life.

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I’m at 14,100 miles now, and I’m home for a few days to get my Cdl permit converted to a regular Cdl. Should I get any extra endorsements.

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Just an update. I went to cartersville, GA to take my Cdl test, and I passed. I’ve got 13,000 miles in with my trainer, so I should be finished with my 15k later this week and into my truck next week.

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PLEASE let us know~!! Miss your posts, man~!!

~ Anne ~

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Yep, exactly what Rob T. said. My husband did it all at once; except of course Hazmat. Still keeps 'em all renewed, even though not currently needed.

I'm happy for ya, man~! (Fellow Buckeye~!!)

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

Cincybeerhawk's Comment
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TWIC card...get a TWIC card...Like the veterans said, it may come in handy in the future. The document is controlled by HSA/TSA (I think) and like your HazMat endorsement will need to be renewed. I know that when I applied for my TWIC card I reported to the same office as I did for my HazMat background check, so I wonder if you can do both at the same time.

Congrats on becoming a full-blooded (sic) Millis driver.

CBH

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

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It's BEEN awhile, @Tripletdad. How are things? Any updates/upgrades? Should be at that 15K now, no?!?

Just wondering; hope all is well ~!!!

~ Anne ~

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CajunWon's Comment
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Great post/thread Thanks!

If I understand: Millis is all automatic. So the CDL-A License has a restriction to only Automatic vehicles. If you change trucking company, or acquire your own rig, then will need to retest (extra fee & time) before driving a standard transmission. If true, appears to be a major deterrent to shelling out $1k and several weeks of 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.
PackRat's Comment
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Great post/thread Thanks!

If I understand: Millis is all automatic. So the CDL-A License has a restriction to only Automatic vehicles. If you change trucking company, or acquire your own rig, then will need to retest (extra fee & time) before driving a standard transmission. If true, appears to be a major deterrent to shelling out $1k and several weeks of training.

Why would a auto restricted license be a deterrent? More than 90% of all the major OTR TL carriers are automated transmissions now. That percentage will only go up. I haven't had a company truck in at least three years that was a standard transmission.

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.

CajunWon's Comment
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Why would a auto restricted license be a deterrent? More than 90% of all the major OTR TL carriers are automated transmissions now. That percentage will only go up. I haven't had a company truck in at least three years that was a standard transmission.

Oh, thanks! The practice CDL Permit test I've seen ask shifting and even double-clutching procedures, just figured auto was a unique thing.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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For the past couple years at least, trucks with a standard transmission need to be special ordered from the manufacturer.

IMO, autos are great. There are only a few instances every now and then that I still wish I were driving a stick and clutch over a shift and forget.

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