Getting Permit Before CDL School

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D-Wash's Comment
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I want to know is it smart to get your Permit before cdl school or should I wait since I'm paying a bunch of money out of pocket for a school to help me get both Permit & a CDL. My wife seems to think that the school will get a week off and should take off some money since I won't need that first week as much because the first week consist of getting the permit. Im ready to get my permit now along with all the endorsements Thanks to The High Road Training here at TT. I Need You Guys On This One!!!!,,,,

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.
Josh C.'s Comment
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Get your permit, and get one step ahead of everyone. It really is the best option.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Definitely get your CDL permit right now. It will make your life so much easier. Listen you're going to have a million things on your mind during your schooling, if you can complete this you're going be on cruise control while everyone else is going to be sweating bullets.

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.
Josh C.'s Comment
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I'm not at the terminal yet but I'm studying mad crazy on the bus....and it is stressful! I have like 3 days to get it which I'm sure I will with enough determination...but I'm surely not going to feel better about my situation until I have my permit. Seriously, do what Daniel said.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

David L.'s Comment
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I have to have the permit before attending Swift academy. It was about $7.50 for the permit and all endorsement tests at one sitting. I still have hazmat to complete. You'll have to pay for the license anyway so $7.50 to be ahead of the herd is well worth it. You'll get extra simulator time or time on the pad while classmates are chasing the permit.

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

David L.'s Comment
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I have to have the permit before attending Swift academy. It was about $7.50 for the permit and all endorsement tests at one sitting. I still have hazmat to complete. You'll have to pay for the license anyway so $7.50 to be ahead of the herd is well worth it. You'll get extra simulator time or time on the pad while classmates are chasing the permit.

Also, you can't get a week off...the program is 160 hours and getting more sim or pad time is to your benefit. Even if you knock out extra CBT courses that's to your benefit.

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

C. S.'s Comment
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I have to have the permit before attending Swift academy. It was about $7.50 for the permit and all endorsement tests at one sitting. I still have hazmat to complete. You'll have to pay for the license anyway so $7.50 to be ahead of the herd is well worth it. You'll get extra simulator time or time on the pad while classmates are chasing the permit.

You lucky dog. Permit cost in CA is 10x that, $75. For the standard permit. Endorsements are an extra $35.

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

D-Wash's Comment
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Guys Thank You!!!!!!!!!,,,,,, I just had a talk with my wife and showed her what you guys are saying and now she see what I've been talking about and what Great guys we have here at TT!!!!!!! Again Thanks A lot....Josh,, Daniel,,& David!!!!!

TxsGent's Comment
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D-Wash,

I am going to go against the community consensus on this.

It depends.

If the first week is to prepare you for the tests; the school provides transportation and time for the test; and the costs of the tests are included in the price of the school, it will benefit you very little to take the tests in advance. Most likely the first week, 40 hours, add to the hours on the certificate you will receive. If the tests are on your own dime in addition to the cost of training and you have to provide your own transportation, there could be some benefit.

If you go through the High Road Training program and can breeze through the questions, you won't need an additional trip to the DMV. You will be able to breeze through the tests with confidence.

You really need to talk with the school to help answer your questions.

Hope this different prospective helps.

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.

D-Wash's Comment
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Thanks TxsGent i will

D-Wash,

I am going to go against the community consensus on this.

It depends.

If the first week is to prepare you for the tests; the school provides transportation and time for the test; and the costs of the tests are included in the price of the school, it will benefit you very little to take the tests in advance. Most likely the first week, 40 hours, add to the hours on the certificate you will receive. If the tests are on your own dime in addition to the cost of training and you have to provide your own transportation, there could be some benefit.

If you go through the High Road Training program and can breeze through the questions, you won't need an additional trip to the DMV. You will be able to breeze through the tests with confidence.

You really need to talk with the school to help answer your questions.

Hope this different prospective helps.

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.

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