Moving CDL To A New State!

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Megan N.'s Comment
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Hello everyone!

Brand new here... my CDL training starts today.. yay!

However, being from Washington State, I’ve found that most of the companies I really want to work for don’t hire from my state! So, to get around this, I’ve got some friends in Nashville who are willing to let me “live” with them on paper to get TN residency, which opens up a LOT more potential doors for me. (Helloooo Maverick! Prime! Roehl! Basically every company!)

My question today for you all is how would I go about transferring my CDL to a new state? Is it as simple as walking into the DMV or do I need to go through medical and re-testing?

Apologies if this has already been asked and answered!

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Welcome to the forum!

Unless things have changed recently it's as simple as going into the DMV and transferring like a regular license. However, ILLINOIS requires you to do the state exam if you're moving to Illinois. Tennessee you'll be good

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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When did Prime say they werent taking from washington? Is that due to covid and temporary? Cause I haven't been told.

One thing to understand is hometime. If a company doesnt hire from an area.... You arent getting home there.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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I would not think where your CDL is from would matter to any carrier. So do not mess with trying to "fool" the DOT or your new employer. If they are not hiring from a certain area that mostly means they will not get you "home " there very easily as there is no manufacturing opportunities for them to get loads in and out. Florida is an area that has that problem as it is easy to find loads going there most times but very hard finding loads back out as the economy is more consumer than manufacturing driven.

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.

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.

Megan N.'s Comment
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When did Prime say they werent taking from washington? Is that due to covid and temporary? Cause I haven't been told.

One thing to understand is hometime. If a company doesnt hire from an area.... You arent getting home there.

Thinking back, it was that Prime wouldn’t take me for their paid CDL program, I had to get my CDL then call them back if I remember correctly.

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.
Megan N.'s Comment
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I would not think where your CDL is from would matter to any carrier. So do not mess with trying to "fool" the DOT or your new employer. If they are not hiring from a certain area that mostly means they will not get you "home " there very easily as there is no manufacturing opportunities for them to get loads in and out. Florida is an area that has that problem as it is easy to find loads going there most times but very hard finding loads back out as the economy is more consumer than manufacturing driven.

I’ve spoken to both Maverick and a TMC and they have both told me that I have to transfer my CDL in order to be hired by them. I’m not super concerned with “home” as I plan on taking my home time and traveling around. I’m single and child-free so I have nothing tying me to “home.” I’ll also be foregoing an apartment or anything like that and just living on the truck so I won’t even have a physical address.

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.

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.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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If you transfer your license, make sure you get real ID.

I did that and didn't even know real ID was a thing because my original state did it my default. Now I have one that says "not for federal identification"

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