Moving Soon, Which State Should I Get Cdl In?

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Artie's Comment
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Howdy everyone, I've searched this forum and others (prefer it here). I can't seem to find a decent answer.

Currently live in California and will be moving my family to Houston in roughly 4 months time. I was recently laid off from my trade work as a wallpaper installer but have wanted to get into a broader career. So with recommendations from family and others I'm heavily considering getting my cdl. An in law in Houston runs his own company offered me work.

So in lies my dilemma should I get my cdl now while there is "free" time? Or wait until the move to get my cdl? confused.gif From what info I found I would just need to retest some written test refingerprint and pay the fees correct?

Thanks for the time and info, stay safe

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.
Banks's Comment
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I'd say hit this linkApply For Paid CDL Training and apply for training.

Your in law can offer to help you out, but the truth is they don't know your history and the insurance company decides if they can hire you or not.

Working for family has a tendency to get real messy real quick. In laws make that even more likely. Avoid the family tension and keep professional and personal separate as much as you can.

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.
C T.'s Comment
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I second what banks said, probably best to keep family and work separate. You'll also want some good solid training which lots of companies provide. What you could do is find company sponsored training somewhere in Texas. That way you won't have to worry about all the hassles of transferring your license. But of you need the income right now as times are tough for a lot of people, I say go for it if it's best for your and your family.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

KH's Comment
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Not meaning to argue with any of the above, but to answer your question, I believe you only need to show up in person at a Texas DMV within 90 days of moving to Texas, pay a fee and take a vision test, and you can transfer a CDL without doing any retesting.

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.

Artie's Comment
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Thanks for the info seems like getting it now would be better

Not meaning to argue with any of the above, but to answer your question, I believe you only need to show up in person at a Texas DMV within 90 days of moving to Texas, pay a fee and take a vision test, and you can transfer a CDL without doing any retesting.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Howdy from Ohio, Artie!

Have you read Brett's free online book? It's amazing, and will help you make sure this is what you are looking for, good sir. It's a lifestyle; not just just a profession.

Second link on this list; and the others are great, also.

Sure wish you the best; you didn't 'miss' much fun in Texas this past week, for sure! The application link posted above is a sure go'to, as well!

~ Anne ~

ps: Trucker's wife for 20'ot years.. and this site is invaluable!

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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