Endorsement

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Travis L.'s Comment
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Question for anyone next week I'm taking my permit test. I sorta made a mistake of not getting the hazmat and tankers endorsement. My question is if I pass my permit test. Do I need to retake the entire test if I decide in the future to get the Endorsements? Even I might go for doubles as well because why not.

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

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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No, you don't retake your permit test. Each endorsement has its own individual test.

Old School's Comment
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Most states will allow you to take those endorsement tests while you are there for the permit test. If you're prepared you can take them all on the same day.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Travis L.'s Comment
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Well that's good to hear. Thanks guy's.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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While I admire your drive to get your endorsements - getting your hazmat certification is a little different from the other tests. You MUST be cleared by the TSA first. Most states will let you apply online:

https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=111168&service=pre-enroll

If you're not lucky enough to live in one of the online application states you need to go to your local TSA center:

https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator?serviceCode=111168&service=pre-enroll

Make an appointment then show up, show them your ID, give them your fingerprints and after a week or two they will send you and your state's DMV a letter saying it's o.k. for you to take the test. No TSA clearance means no hazmat.

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

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.

Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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While I admire your drive to get your endorsements - getting your hazmat certification is a little different from the other tests. You MUST be cleared by the TSA first. Most states will let you apply online:

https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=111168&service=pre-enroll

If you're not lucky enough to live in one of the online application states you need to go to your local TSA center:

https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator?serviceCode=111168&service=pre-enroll

Make an appointment then show up, show them your ID, give them your fingerprints and after a week or two they will send you and your state's DMV a letter saying it's o.k. for you to take the test. No TSA clearance means no hazmat.

In Florida, I took the endorsement test first. Once I passed, they did the TSA process at the tax collector's office [where FL DMV is located]. They even allowed me to retake my doubles/triples test immediately after failing it the 1st time.

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

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.

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.

Bush Country's Comment
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Most states will allow you to take those endorsement tests while you are there for the permit test. If you're prepared you can take them all on the same day.

Old School - once again, our great state of Texas is different from some states. From page 1-2 of our manual, the endorsements allowed on a CLP are Passenger, School Bus, and Tanker. Doubles & triples and HAZMAT are added after getting the 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.

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Old School's Comment
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We Texans are different. We pride ourselves on being non-conformists!

Delco Dave's Comment
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While I admire your drive to get your endorsements - getting your hazmat certification is a little different from the other tests. You MUST be cleared by the TSA first. Most states will let you apply online:

Some states require the clearance 1st, others after Hazmat test is passed. Here in PA, you need to past the test 1st, then submit paperwork and fingerprints for background check. Applications must be done in person, no online registration. Penndot website says since TWIC and Hazmat clearance are both done by TSA, once you have one, the other can be attained at a reduced cost

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

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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