TWIC Card And Endorsements

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Harry N.'s Comment
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Hello guys, so I will be getting my permit very soon! Also, I was watching some trucking videos about endorsements and twic card. Could I apply for the card even if I'm not a truck driver yet or do I have to get my CDL-A first then apply? And I don't see too much benefit of it besides it being another ID card. It doesnt give any other benefit, feels like a waste of money but if its required then I'll get it. Thanks!

I was at the DMV today and the rep asked me if I wanted to get endorsements, from what I heard, it could open my doors which is always a good thing but if I'm not gonna get the job with it, I feel like it's a waste of money. I don't think its gonna make a big difference. But it does remind me of people being in IT, getting a lot of certs. So I guess, if I look at it that way it could be beneficial. If I get the endorsements, do I need any special skills for it or just pass the tests and call it a day? It's crazy, being in the trucking world, there's a lot to learn! But that's with anything in life too.

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.

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.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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The TWIC card gets you into ports if you want to run containers....I did it for 1 yr until the dispatcher screwed with my home time one time too many. It also got me on an Air Force base. If you don't want to do port runs and they can be crazy stupid, don't worry about getting it. With HazMat , you are also checked out. If you don't want to pull that, don't take the test. I didn't....I have no desire to pull hazardous stuff.

I got my TWIC card after being OTR for 3 years, so the company paid for it. Had to get finger printed and answer a bunch of background questions. Took 10 days for it to come back....but then I had a Top Secret SBI clearance in the Air Force and didn't get into trouble. With the Chinese Virus it could take 6-8 weeks.

As for tanker and doubles/triples, take the tests just for the heck of it. If you pass, all well and good. If you don't pass, decide if you want to pull that equipment. If you do eventually, then you can study for them and take the tests later.

Laura

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

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

Old School's Comment
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Harry, one of the things that helps in our truck driving careers is our availability. Let me explain. It is easy to find truck drivers online, especially new ones, who complain about not getting enough miles. Endorsements and the TWIC card make you more available. I have all the endorsements and a TWIC card. I remember once, I had delivered a load in New Orleans, and was waiting on dispatch to find me something getting me out of there. Three other drivers from the dedicated flatbed fleet I serve were also there. We were all waiting on getting a load dispatched to us so that we could move on to other things. They found a load in the port that was really nice. IDMtnGal mentioned containers, but there are a lot of other things that go in and out of the ports. It turned out that I was the only one among us who had a TWIC card. I think you can guess which one of us kept making money that day - it was me! Here's a picture of what I picked up that day.

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My TWIC card made me the only driver in the area as available for that load. It works the same way with endorsements. I had the same experience in Oregon once. I was there with several other drivers waiting on a load. I was the only driver who had a HazMat endorsement. They came up with a load of steel, but it also had a case of paint that went with the steel to the job site. The paint made the load a HazMat load. It was really easy for them to assign me the load. I was the only one available for that particular load. I had done my work beforehand to keep myself available and busy.

We control much of our destiny in this career. Getting those endorsements ahead of time and having them in your pocket as an insurance policy is worth all the effort. There will come a time when they come in real handy.

You can apply for the TWIC before having a CDL. If it is too much money for now, then just plan on getting it as soon as you can. One of the benefits of having it is that when going through airport security, they will give you a pass if you have a TWIC card.

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Keiff Ti's Comment
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I second old school. I'm still in training but I got my tanker and doubles/triples endorsement, TWIC application, and a passport application done this week so that dispatch will almost always have something for me, and it's a bargaining chip later on to ask for more pay.

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.

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.

Harry N.'s Comment
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Harry, one of the things that helps in our truck driving careers is our availability. Let me explain. It is easy to find truck drivers online, especially new ones, who complain about not getting enough miles. Endorsements and the TWIC card make you more available. I have all the endorsements and a TWIC card. I remember once, I had delivered a load in New Orleans, and was waiting on dispatch to find me something getting me out of there. Three other drivers from the dedicated flatbed fleet I serve were also there. We were all waiting on getting a load dispatched to us so that we could move on to other things. They found a load in the port that was really nice. IDMtnGal mentioned containers, but there are a lot of other things that go in and out of the ports. It turned out that I was the only one among us who had a TWIC card. I think you can guess which one of us kept making money that day - it was me! Here's a picture of what I picked up that day.

0283617001625833592.jpg

My TWIC card made me the only driver in the area as available for that load. It works the same way with endorsements. I had the same experience in Oregon once. I was there with several other drivers waiting on a load. I was the only driver who had a HazMat endorsement. They came up with a load of steel, but it also had a case of paint that went with the steel to the job site. The paint made the load a HazMat load. It was really easy for them to assign me the load. I was the only one available for that particular load. I had done my work beforehand to keep myself available and busy.

We control much of our destiny in this career. Getting those endorsements ahead of time and having them in your pocket as an insurance policy is worth all the effort. There will come a time when they come in real handy.

You can apply for the TWIC before having a CDL. If it is too much money for now, then just plan on getting it as soon as you can. One of the benefits of having it is that when going through airport security, they will give you a pass if you have a TWIC card.

Wow, thank you for all the information! I just got my permit today! Yay! Only thing is trying to find a school in the bay area. I think I'm going to just end up going thru a company sponsored program just to make everything easier. Been getting mixed reviews with local schools, one quoted $2k, the other $3.5K. Regardless, gonna have to work with a company anyway its just an win-win for the driver and company. I don't know if this is true but I heard that if you get fired, it notifies to all trucking company or something like that?

Okay, I talked to the DMV rep about the endorsements and she said its free to add them so that's good for a year. I see how it really gave you a boost by having them OS! I'ma add them eventually. But right now, just focusing on going to school. Idk how my parents will feel about this tho, they still treat me like a kid lol...

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

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rhino's Comment
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Your parents have to realize your a man now. Don’t let them or anyone hold u back from u want to do.

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Harry, one of the things that helps in our truck driving careers is our availability. Let me explain. It is easy to find truck drivers online, especially new ones, who complain about not getting enough miles. Endorsements and the TWIC card make you more available. I have all the endorsements and a TWIC card. I remember once, I had delivered a load in New Orleans, and was waiting on dispatch to find me something getting me out of there. Three other drivers from the dedicated flatbed fleet I serve were also there. We were all waiting on getting a load dispatched to us so that we could move on to other things. They found a load in the port that was really nice. IDMtnGal mentioned containers, but there are a lot of other things that go in and out of the ports. It turned out that I was the only one among us who had a TWIC card. I think you can guess which one of us kept making money that day - it was me! Here's a picture of what I picked up that day.

0283617001625833592.jpg

My TWIC card made me the only driver in the area as available for that load. It works the same way with endorsements. I had the same experience in Oregon once. I was there with several other drivers waiting on a load. I was the only driver who had a HazMat endorsement. They came up with a load of steel, but it also had a case of paint that went with the steel to the job site. The paint made the load a HazMat load. It was really easy for them to assign me the load. I was the only one available for that particular load. I had done my work beforehand to keep myself available and busy.

We control much of our destiny in this career. Getting those endorsements ahead of time and having them in your pocket as an insurance policy is worth all the effort. There will come a time when they come in real handy.

You can apply for the TWIC before having a CDL. If it is too much money for now, then just plan on getting it as soon as you can. One of the benefits of having it is that when going through airport security, they will give you a pass if you have a TWIC card.

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Wow, thank you for all the information! I just got my permit today! Yay! Only thing is trying to find a school in the bay area. I think I'm going to just end up going thru a company sponsored program just to make everything easier. Been getting mixed reviews with local schools, one quoted $2k, the other $3.5K. Regardless, gonna have to work with a company anyway its just an win-win for the driver and company. I don't know if this is true but I heard that if you get fired, it notifies to all trucking company or something like that?

Okay, I talked to the DMV rep about the endorsements and she said its free to add them so that's good for a year. I see how it really gave you a boost by having them OS! I'ma add them eventually. But right now, just focusing on going to school. Idk how my parents will feel about this tho, they still treat me like a kid lol...

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

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Harry, one of the things that helps in our truck driving careers is our availability. Let me explain. It is easy to find truck drivers online, especially new ones, who complain about not getting enough miles. Endorsements and the TWIC card make you more available. I have all the endorsements and a TWIC card. I remember once, I had delivered a load in New Orleans, and was waiting on dispatch to find me something getting me out of there. Three other drivers from the dedicated flatbed fleet I serve were also there. We were all waiting on getting a load dispatched to us so that we could move on to other things. They found a load in the port that was really nice. IDMtnGal mentioned containers, but there are a lot of other things that go in and out of the ports. It turned out that I was the only one among us who had a TWIC card. I think you can guess which one of us kept making money that day - it was me! Here's a picture of what I picked up that day.

0283617001625833592.jpg

My TWIC card made me the only driver in the area as available for that load. It works the same way with endorsements. I had the same experience in Oregon once. I was there with several other drivers waiting on a load. I was the only driver who had a HazMat endorsement. They came up with a load of steel, but it also had a case of paint that went with the steel to the job site. The paint made the load a HazMat load. It was really easy for them to assign me the load. I was the only one available for that particular load. I had done my work beforehand to keep myself available and busy.

We control much of our destiny in this career. Getting those endorsements ahead of time and having them in your pocket as an insurance policy is worth all the effort. There will come a time when they come in real handy.

You can apply for the TWIC before having a CDL. If it is too much money for now, then just plan on getting it as soon as you can. One of the benefits of having it is that when going through airport security, they will give you a pass if you have a TWIC card.

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Wow, thank you for all the information! I just got my permit today! Yay! Only thing is trying to find a school in the bay area. I think I'm going to just end up going thru a company sponsored program just to make everything easier. Been getting mixed reviews with local schools, one quoted $2k, the other $3.5K. Regardless, gonna have to work with a company anyway its just an win-win for the driver and company. I don't know if this is true but I heard that if you get fired, it notifies to all trucking company or something like that?

Okay, I talked to the DMV rep about the endorsements and she said its free to add them so that's good for a year. I see how it really gave you a boost by having them OS! I'ma add them eventually. But right now, just focusing on going to school. Idk how my parents will feel about this tho, they still treat me like a kid lol...

Haya, Harry! Welcome to Trucking Truth!!

Congrats on the permit; that's awesome!!!

The 'report' you speak of is called a DAC (google it; too much to type...then again, you can Wiki it right here, on TT~) that WILL report information cross company, ie: reasons for termination. You can pull one free, on yourself, per year...although you've got no 'need' to, yet! One step at a time, grasshopper!!

Indeed, it is SO much more feasible, economical, and practical to go with company sponsored training! You will learn as much, and MORE than .. .a 'pay your way' kind of school, and ... and ... AND ... as long as you 'do as you're told' and pass the class, HAVE A JOB with said company!

Read some of these links, as you have time:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Some of the above may be redundant, since you DO have your permit, but ... besides the HRTP in your case, all IS essential imho!

Rhino, YOU TELL 'IM~!!! That was so cool, actually. We get a lot of that here, lately. It's understandable, though...it really is!

Wish you all the BEST, Brian!

Follow your dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~ Anne ~

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

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.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rhino's Comment
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It sure seems this has been more of an issue lately these younger guys coming in wondering if there parents will let them go or approve. Well if your parents love u then I’m sure they will support you.

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Harry, one of the things that helps in our truck driving careers is our availability. Let me explain. It is easy to find truck drivers online, especially new ones, who complain about not getting enough miles. Endorsements and the TWIC card make you more available. I have all the endorsements and a TWIC card. I remember once, I had delivered a load in New Orleans, and was waiting on dispatch to find me something getting me out of there. Three other drivers from the dedicated flatbed fleet I serve were also there. We were all waiting on getting a load dispatched to us so that we could move on to other things. They found a load in the port that was really nice. IDMtnGal mentioned containers, but there are a lot of other things that go in and out of the ports. It turned out that I was the only one among us who had a TWIC card. I think you can guess which one of us kept making money that day - it was me! Here's a picture of what I picked up that day.

0283617001625833592.jpg

My TWIC card made me the only driver in the area as available for that load. It works the same way with endorsements. I had the same experience in Oregon once. I was there with several other drivers waiting on a load. I was the only driver who had a HazMat endorsement. They came up with a load of steel, but it also had a case of paint that went with the steel to the job site. The paint made the load a HazMat load. It was really easy for them to assign me the load. I was the only one available for that particular load. I had done my work beforehand to keep myself available and busy.

We control much of our destiny in this career. Getting those endorsements ahead of time and having them in your pocket as an insurance policy is worth all the effort. There will come a time when they come in real handy.

You can apply for the TWIC before having a CDL. If it is too much money for now, then just plan on getting it as soon as you can. One of the benefits of having it is that when going through airport security, they will give you a pass if you have a TWIC card.

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Wow, thank you for all the information! I just got my permit today! Yay! Only thing is trying to find a school in the bay area. I think I'm going to just end up going thru a company sponsored program just to make everything easier. Been getting mixed reviews with local schools, one quoted $2k, the other $3.5K. Regardless, gonna have to work with a company anyway its just an win-win for the driver and company. I don't know if this is true but I heard that if you get fired, it notifies to all trucking company or something like that?

Okay, I talked to the DMV rep about the endorsements and she said its free to add them so that's good for a year. I see how it really gave you a boost by having them OS! I'ma add them eventually. But right now, just focusing on going to school. Idk how my parents will feel about this tho, they still treat me like a kid lol...

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Haya, Harry! Welcome to Trucking Truth!!

Congrats on the permit; that's awesome!!!

Read some of these links, as you have time:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Some of the above may be redundant, since you DO have your permit, but ... besides the HRTP in your case, all IS essential imho!

Rhino, YOU TELL 'IM~!!! That was so cool, actually. We get a lot of that here, lately. It's understandable, though...it really is!

Wish you all the BEST, Brian!

Follow your dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~ Anne ~

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

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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