English Trucker Looking To Live And Truck In Florida USA .

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Iain S.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, I've not had a chance to go through all the blogs on this forum, so I bow to your wisdom in how I go about becoming a truck driver in the states. I'm 49 been driving bendy lorries almost 25 years now on and off. I've got back in touch with an old flame and she lives in Florida with thanks to that great institution face book! I'm interested to know if there's an age limit on getting in, will I require to go through all your tests etc? Do I require a sponsor from a company I've heard that's the most important thing to have? Any info at this stage would be great, I'm heading over in December through till 20th jan holiday ect so looking forward to that, Many thanks to all on this site it's been great reading. Iain

Jeffrey J.'s Comment
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No age limit, you will be required to take all tests, cdl in europe doesnt mean anything in usa, so youll have to take permit test, all the works, i know cause my puerto rican friend had to do same thing to get his usa cdl even though puerto rico is a satellite state to usa

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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I believe you also have to be licensed here in the states for a period of 1 year - before you can apply for a CDL.

Rick

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.
Iain S.'s Comment
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No age limit, you will be required to take all tests, cdl in europe doesnt mean anything in usa, so youll have to take permit test, all the works, i know cause my puerto rican friend had to do same thing to get his usa cdl even though puerto rico is a satellite state to usa

Thanks Jeffrey, Great to know all that I'll add it to my growing list of to dos! :) Cheers Iain

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Iain S.'s Comment
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I believe you also have to be licensed here in the states for a period of 1 year - before you can apply for a CDL.

Rick

Hi Rick, Sounds like just another hoop! O well keep on trucking I guess! :) Thanks rick

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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Iain, welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately, Rick is correct about needing to hold a license here in the states for one year before you can apply for the CDL. We have a couple of drivers who sometimes participate in the forum who are from England, hopefully they will see this and give you some advice, or tell about their experience. One other thing to consider is that it is next to impossible to get a work visa for driving a truck. So, if you do make the move over to the states you will need to consider making a living in some other field until you have held your drivers license here for that first year. Best of luck to 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.
Tony B.'s Comment
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Where is Florida will you be moving to? I am living in the Jacksonville area & love it. Good luck to you.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Iain!

Everything you were told already is correct. If you want to drive trucks here in the States you'll want to get that U.S. driver's license as quickly as possible so that one year waiting period can begin.

As far as learning about our trucking industry, start with our Truck Driver's Career Guide and my book Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Trucking (free online version!). You'll learn a ton about how the industry works over here, what your options are for schooling, what types of jobs are available, and what life on the road is all about. There will be some similarities to driving over there, but plenty of significant differences as well.

Iain S.'s Comment
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Where is Florida will you be moving to? I am living in the Jacksonville area & love it. Good luck to you.

Hi Tony, She lives ormond beach way, I'll be there this coming January for 3 weeks then take it from there, sounds like a lot to do to take up the driving but I'm sure it's all worth it. I did see shnieder have a depot not far from you, worth looking into? Thanks for your support. Iain

Terry C.'s Comment
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Where is Florida will you be moving to? I am living in the Jacksonville area & love it. Good luck to you.

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Hi Tony, She lives ormond beach way, I'll be there this coming January for 3 weeks then take it from there, sounds like a lot to do to take up the driving but I'm sure it's all worth it. I did see shnieder have a depot not far from you, worth looking into? Thanks for your support. Iain

Welcome aboard Lain. You'll be moving about 20 mins from me. I live in Port Orange next town south of Daytona. What part of z England ate you coming from? My family is from Wigan. Still have a couple cousins there. Shoot me a PM sometime. I'll be glad to help anyway I can

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