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Fortune Aura Truckin''s Comment
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Good day y'all! Hope all is well...I'm new to the forum. I'm wondering if anyone one on here is familiar with the Houston area and knows anyone who rents out truck and trailers for the DPS road test. Long story short, I drove truck for 9 years, unfortunately... I voluntarily gave up my CDL about 4 years ago due to the desire of a career change. (Yes, i know...BAD CHOICE). I should have just renewed it and kept it lol. Now I want to get back in a truck and start hauling again! I just got my permit but now I need to go do the road test without paying a ridiculous amount just for an hour or so of testing! I need y'alls help!!! '

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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I voluntarily gave up my CDL about 4 years ago due to the desire of a career change. (Yes, i know...BAD CHOICE)

Hello, and welcome to our forum!

I hate to break it to you, but you're most likely making another bad choice. Not very many companies are going to be willing to hire you. Recent verifiable experience is what they need. When you don't have that they want to see a recent training certificate. You'll have neither by doing this the way you're pursuing.

I know it sounds stupid, but you will need to go through a training program. If you don't feel like spending the money, there are plenty of free options through the many Paid CDL Training Programs.

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.
Fortune Aura Truckin''s Comment
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The thing is, I in fact have the money to rent a truck at asking prices.(I'd like to go through a 3rd party and not deal with corporate folks who try to stick ppl for their hard earned money. I am not new to this.) Also I have a Company wanting to hire me on the spot(with my cdl in tact though with the experience I have...mind you, within the 9 years of my trucking career I have had hazmat , tankers, doubles and triples, every endorsement under the sun to be honest. MY question was merely directed towards those who have experience with or personally know individuals who will rent out their truck for a driving test. Getting a gig is not my problem...being over charged is however. Thank you for your feed back but I think there was a misunderstanding.

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.
Old School's Comment
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have a Company wanting to hire me on the spot

That's great. I'm sure they would be willing to loan you a truck. If they need a driver that bad, they've got empty trucks sitting around. I'm surprised they didn't offer that when they offered you a job.

Call them again. It sounds like you have leverage. good-luck.gif

Fortune Aura Truckin''s Comment
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Thank you sir! Though your replies have been totally off topic according to my original question lol. The advice you have given me is contrary to the information that I am trying acquire. The company that wants to hire me has company regulations. In a totally different state at that. Like I stated previously, I do in fact have my permit only, I need to obtain my cdl by renting a truck through a 3rd party in the Houston area, ideally at a discounted price otherwise advertised from the corporate suits. This being a trucking forum, I was hoping for advise from fellow truckers that may have been through similar experiences, whom which could guide me in the right direction. I am all too familiar with what you have said, hence I am also very aware of the route you are suggesting.

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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This is a site geared towards helping new drivers get a good start in trucking. I don't think anyone here can help you. Try Google and Facebook.

Good luck to you.

Errol V.'s Comment
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You know, a company that rents out semi's with trailers is going to want to see a license, which you don't have.

Then the state CDL examiner (3rd party or state official} will want to see the DL of the driver supervising your permit. (Remember, with a permit you still need a licensed driver with you.)

Two strikes. How do I know this? I teach CDL driving and take students for their driving exam on a regular basis.

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.
Auggie69's Comment
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Good day y'all! Hope all is well...I'm new to the forum. I'm wondering if anyone one on here is familiar with the Houston area and knows anyone who rents out truck and trailers for the DPS road test. Long story short, I drove truck for 9 years, unfortunately... I voluntarily gave up my CDL about 4 years ago due to the desire of a career change. (Yes, i know...BAD CHOICE). I should have just renewed it and kept it lol. Now I want to get back in a truck and start hauling again! I just got my permit but now I need to go do the road test without paying a ridiculous amount just for an hour or so of testing! I need y'alls help!!! '

Try Penske

https://www.pensketruckrental.com/commercial-truck-rental/

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.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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You know, a company that rents out semi's with trailers is going to want to see a license, which you don't have.

Then the state CDL examiner (3rd party or state official} will want to see the DL of the driver supervising your permit. (Remember, with a permit you still need a licensed driver with you.)

Two strikes. How do I know this? I teach CDL driving and take students for their driving exam on a regular basis.

My thoughts exactly. How can a company rent you a truck when you don't possess a CDL? No different than going to rent a car when all you have is a permit. What you need is someone willing to rent you a truck, trailer AND a licensed driver to accompany you to the testing site

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Mikey thinks out loud:

My thoughts exactly. How can a company rent you a truck when you don't possess a CDL? No different than going to rent a car when all you have is a permit. What you need is someone willing to rent you a truck, trailer AND a licensed driver to accompany you to the testing site

Come to think of it, a TT forum member actually did that a few years ago. A guy from the rental company went with her for the CDL test. Sometimes you get lucky.

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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