Had CDL And Let It Go Years Back Do I Need CDL School To Get It Back?

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Viking Prince's Comment
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So I went through a school in Reno, NV probably close to 10 years ago and got my CDL. I worked for Oak Harbor Freight at the time and they put me with a senior driver and began showing me the ropes of a local driver. Went great then got a promotion to a dock supervisor at another terminal and after a few years I didn’t renew my CDL cuz I didn’t think I’d ever drive a truck again. BIG MISTAKE!!! No longer with that company and haven’t been for some time.

Anyways, I live in California now and want to get my CDL again and am thinking that my best shot is going through a mega carrier because I can’t afford a private school again.

Is school my only option or can I go to the DMV and get the license reinstated or something along those lines? Not sure if anyone knows this answer but you all seem to know a to about everything trucking so I figured I start here.

Thanks I’m advance for any response given and all responses are greatly appreciated.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You will need to start over. Many things have changed. Start here, Paid CDL Training Programs. This is not a complete list and some of the info is old. For example CFI is not on there.

Yes this is your best route. Since you will need a permit again you can use this free study guide. High Road CDL Training Program.

Best of luck to you.

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.
Viking Prince's Comment
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I appreciate that Big Scott. I filled out the little thing on the CFI website to get some more information.

Rick S.'s Comment
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As Scott said - start from scratch.

I've held a CDL for over a decade now - AND NEVER USED IT. I would have to start from scratch too - in fact I WOULD INSIST ON IT (though I would hope they'd let me keep my plastic without downgrading - I have other endorsements on it that would be a PITA to get back - like my PASSENGER endorsement).

Best of luck - keep us posted on your progress.

Rick

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I appreciate that Big Scott. I filled out the little thing on the CFI website to get some more information.

I am very happy to answer any CFI questions I can.

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