Need Help With Obtaining Texas CDL Permit

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Rene R.'s Comment
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Hello everyone. I'm in serious need of information obtaining my Texas CDL Permit. I'm set to start my training academy with FFE Transportation on March 24,2014, according to my recruiter I'm suppose to obtain my permit before I begin my training. Now, what is the very first thing I need to do to begin this process? Which categories am I suppose to take, I know I need Air Brakes, Combination, and any other endorsement testing I may want to have on my license. Do I test on ALL categories at the same time or are they broken down on different sections at a time? I know this sounds very ridiculous and ignorant in my part, but i'm very confused on how to start this rolling. By the way I went into DMV here in EL PASO, TEXAS and they told me (VERY RUDELY) I first needed to get my MEDICAL CARD for certain testing. I thought I had to get my DOT Physical and drug screening done first by FFE in order for me to get my MED CARD? If anyone has any information it would greatly be 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.

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.

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.

Starcar's Comment
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Each state is different....did you happen to pick up a TX CDL instruction manual while you were there ??? It will tell you what to study...AND if they require a DOT physical before getting your cdl permit...then I suppose you had better get it...tho I have never heard of that before...Could they have confused it with your permanent Class A CDL ?? I'm sure they have a website, and that may answer your questions...Good luck...and come on back and ask all the questions you have...we'll be glad to help.. oh...and WELCOME TO TT !!!

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.

Rene R.'s Comment
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Thank you STARCAR for your response. Yes I sure did pick up manual, but they really threw me off when they said I needed to get my MED CARD for certain testing? I've been studying and taking practice test on different websites to give me an idea of the information. Just don't know if all categories are given in one test or in parts? I Do have a MED CARD already, except this medical card was given to me when I was doing local delivery (straight truck- NON-CDL)for my current employer. It is still valid until 04/13/2014, but I just had believed FFE had to give me their own medical clearance to obtain a new MED CARD? As mentioned before I'm just really confused now about all this since I'm VERY- VERY new to all of this. Thank You again STARCAR. Any further info is well 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.
Bee-RAD's Comment
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I am new here and to the industry but I think your Medical card will be sufficient.It's done by a regular acknowledged office and signed by an approved DR. Still current it's good.I trust I will be corrected if I'am wrong. I just went through training here in NC ,in class we studied air breaks and general knowledge that was enough to get the permit.Sorry i have no real answers for you ,I wish you good luck and let you know your in the right place.Once I found High Road Training Program the fog lifted for me and things started making sense. All of the programs here at TT are chock full of proven peer tested gold.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Rene, welcome to the forum!

Sorry the state employees can be so confusing at times, but unless something has changed recently, you do not have to have a medical card for the permit test in Texas. You will need it for the actual final driving exam. Please use the High Road Training Program to study for the tests. It will make it so much easier for you. It is absolutely free, and I used it when I tested in Texas without ever reading that boring CDL maual and I aced all my tests. It is so thorough, and helps you learn all the information in easily obtainable segments one page at a time. What's really cool is that it keeps reviewing you along the way on the material you've already covered so that you completely have it mastered by the time you go take the tests. It can be frustrating at times, simply because it won,t accept mediocrity. The program can tell if you aren't doing so well and will force you to prove yourself before it will let you proceed on to the next material. There's nothing like it anywhere.

Feel free to come in here and ask as many questions as you like - we will be more than happy to lead you in the right direction.

FFE will be helping you obtain that medical card just like you thought.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Rene, here's something else I looked up for you. It shows you which sections you need to concentrate on in the High Road Training Program for your permit test. I personally guarantee that if you go that route you will be way ahead of anyone else at FFE's academy.

Sections To Study For The Permit:

Rules & Regulations

Driving Safely

Transporting Cargo Safely

Air Brakes

Combination Vehicles

Pre-Trip Inspection

Driving Exam

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hi Rene!

Old School nailed it. Use our High Road Training Program. It actually has the CDL manual built right in. So by using our course you're learning the proper materials but you're learning them so much more thoroughly than by simply reading the CDL manual itself.

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.
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