Belgian Truck Driver Would Like Too Start In The U.S.!?

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Bart C.'s Comment
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Hi you all, Its my childhoud dream off becomming a Big RIG driver in the U.S.and would like too know how and where too start. Iff its possible? What are the requiermends?

I have a 6j driving experians over here in Belgium,have special Chemical permit colli-tank and would like to get a CDL Lisence and then start within a Compagny sponsort driving school in the U.S. A.S.A.P.

Greatings Bart

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.
Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Hi Bart, I'm from the UK. I start my CDL school tomorrow. I'm no expert but I would think you would need a green card before you can work in the U.S. Then you would have to take a road and written test just to get your ordinary driving license....there is only Germany that has a mutual agreement with the U.S. on getting your drivers license straight away. I believe you have to wait one year on your ordinary license before you can be taken on by a company for training to get your CDL.

I wish you the best of luck. America is a great place and I have traveled all over this beautiful country and can't wait to go over the road with a trucking company. Take care.

Mick

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Mick is right as far as I know. You're going to need a Green Card and then a regular U.S. driver's license first. Then you can get a Commercial Driver's License to drive a truck. But most companies will not hire anyone if they haven't had a U.S. driver's license for at least one year.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Hi you all, Its my childhoud dream off becomming a Big RIG driver in the U.S.and would like too know how and where too start. Iff its possible? What are the requiermends?

I have a 6j driving experians over here in Belgium,have special Chemical permit colli-tank and would like to get a CDL Lisence and then start within a Compagny sponsort driving school in the U.S. A.S.A.P.

Greatings Bart

Hey Bart, welcome to the forum. I think you're gonna have a pretty tough time of it..I'm a US citizen and I'm finding it darn near impossible to break into trucking...why?? Because I lived outside of the US for a number of years and now I'm relocating back..nearly every company I've talked to wants to know what kind of work history I have, but none of them want to take on the task of contacting my employers because they are all outside of the CONUS. However, I wouldn't give up on your dream. I would say, instead of looking at the US..look NORTH...that's right, Canada...namely, Quebec..you already speak French, and that is REQUIRED for ANYONE looking to work in Quebec. Besides, Quebec and Canada in general have pretty liberal immigration policies for Europeans..not to mention, Canada has some of the most beautiful terrain and scenery in the world, just as varied and challenging as the US..AND it's BIGGER than the US...so more miles to travel..although, less roads..so, don't give up on your dream..just take the advice that is so often offered on this forum to other hopeful drivers..don't give up, just look somewhere else.

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.
Steve B.'s Comment
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In the school I went to there were several guys from other countries. To get your CDL class A I don't think is the issue. A person needs to read and write English enough to pass the exam and you can get the license. It is the getting hired by a company that might be a problem. However, wouldn't that just takes the usual process as anyone from another country having the proper documentations to work.

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.
Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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In the school I went to there were several guys from other countries. To get your CDL class A I don't think is the issue. A person needs to read and write English enough to pass the exam and you can get the license. It is the getting hired by a company that might be a problem. However, wouldn't that just takes the usual process as anyone from another country having the proper documentations to work.

Yeah, you would think..but like I said earlier, I am a US citizen, but because I lived abroad. Full disclosure: I married a lady from the Cayman Islands and we lived and raised our kids here. Now the kids are grown and we are no longer together, I'm moving back to the Good ol' USA. I've been filling out apps online and getting callbacks from companies, but as soon as I mention I lived outside of the states, they start himming and hawing about work history, yada..yada.. I am a retired LEO with over 20 years of public service, but because a lot of it was outside the US, they just start backtracking..they simply don't want to have to put in the legwork to verify my work history by calling my previous employers. Simple fact is numbers..why would they put out the effort on one person when there are 50 other lined up right behind me that will take no effort whatsoever to research...So, I'm having to do all the legwork myself, as I said before..and Swift seems to be the only company that will give me the time of day..Lady from Prime actually told me they don't hire ANYONE with a green card unless they have been in the US for at LEAST a year..

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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