CDL Permit (CLP) Test Vs. CDL Knowledge Test

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Christopher R.'s Comment
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Hey, everyone. I'm just now starting down the road to getting my CDL and this site has been really helpful already. I'm hoping y'all can help me out a little more. Each of the CDL training schools that I'm interested in requires me to have my permit before I go. I've tried to look up how intense that test is and how long I should study, but most of what I'm finding is about the CDL Knowledge test, and I'm seeing very little about the CDL permit test.

I spoke with the DMV (in Tennessee) today, and they said that the CDL Knowledge test was the test to get the CDL permit, but my impression from this site has been that the Knowledge Test would be one of the tests required at the end of my training to get the CDL (along with pre-trip and skills tests).

Just hoping someone here can set me straight. I'm really looking forward to getting started with this career, and I want to start out right and not have to retake this test because I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Any advice or encouragement is welcome!

Thanks,

- Chris

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.

Moe's Comment
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Hello Christopher,

I hope you are doing well today, I used the High Road training program here on TT to help aid me in obtaining the Permit prior to attending my school a couple of years ago. Knowledge is one part, the other two parts are Combination Vehicles and Air Brakes

High Road CDL Training Program

I think you will find the above links useful, from my experience it is also a better bet to obtain ALL of your endorsements (Hazmat, Tanker, Doubles and Triples etc) when you take your permit exam. It will simply save you time in the long run once you get your CDL license. I hope that helps man.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Combination Vehicle:

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome Chris!

Believe it or not the DMV gave you a straight answer. The CDL knowledge test is the permit test. The only other written tests are for any endorsements you may want to go with your new license. After you go through a truck driving school you are only required to take a driving test. Then you get your CDL.

What kind of schools are you looking at? We highly recommend the Paid CDL Training Programs. They will pay your travel expenses, your lodging, and meals while you train at their facility. Upon successful completion of their program you have a job. Then all you do is commit to working there for a certain time limit. Usually that is one year. It really is a great way to go about getting started in this career. They have your back because they paid your way. They really want to see you succeed as a driver for them.

Feel free to ask all the questions you may have. If we don't know the answer, we will find it!

Again, it is great to have you in here! Don't be a stranger. We don't bite, and it is always fun to have some new folks in here with lots of questions.

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.

Christopher R.'s Comment
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Old School and Moe, thank you! I'm definitely wanting to go the route of paid CDL training. Right now I've applied to Prime and TMC. I'm really hoping I get hired by TMC. They're my first choice so far. I'll probably also apply to Wilson. If there are any others that you guys really think I should go for, I'll definitely look into them.

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.
Nathan S.'s Comment
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Old School and Moe, thank you! I'm definitely wanting to go the route of paid CDL training. Right now I've applied to Prime and TMC. I'm really hoping I get hired by TMC. They're my first choice so far. I'll probably also apply to Wilson. If there are any others that you guys really think I should go for, I'll definitely look into them.

Hey Christopher how is the search going? If you haven't made a decision yet, I'm working with a recruiter at Wilson Logistics. Do your research on the company before you pull the trigger. Make sure the company design works for you. By that I mean, WL has you out 3-4 weeks before you get your home time. Some companies are not that long. Some companies make you sign long-term contracts or you will be on the hook for thousands and thousands of dollars if you quit or get fired. This place is an awesome source of information and many good people from what I can tell. Ask as many questions as you can think of here or with the recruiters that will be calling 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.
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