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Jim W.'s Comment
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I'm sure this has been answered many times but I couldn't find it. I live in NJ and the majority of company sponsored driver training locations are not. Do I get my permit in NJ or the state where I would be attending training? I am looking into a change of career and lifestyle and have found a lot of helpful information on this site. I am sure my question would be answered by a company recruiter, but I'd like to do more research before taking that step.

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GrayBeardinPA's Comment
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Most programs require you to get your CLP in your home state. So for example. If you go train with Swift. You get your NJ CLP and med card. Attend training in Richmond, Va. you take the CDL exam in VA. Once you pass you are sent back home to convert your passed VA CDL results into a NJ CDL.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

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