June 30, 2013

How To Get A CDL Permit

Before you can take the exams for a CDL you must first obtain a CDL permit. A permit allows a prospective CDL driver to practice driving a commercial vehicle before actually taking the CDL exam. There are of course, restrictions attached to this permit. The permit holder is only allowed to drive a vehicle of the type and class as shown on the permit. Furthermore, permit holders are not allowed to drive alone; they are only allowed to drive when accompanied by a person who is CDL licensed for a vehicle such as that which you desire to drive.

CDL Permit

In order to obtain a CDL, applicants are required to be at least 18 years old. Federal law mandates that commercial drivers must be at least 21 years old to transport hazardous materials, drive interstate and to carry interstate freight within the state of issue. To determine age requirements for a permit, refer to state specific CDL manuals or go online and search for state specific information.

To obtain a permit the applicant must show a valid state drivers license for the state they reside in. Applicants should be aware that they will have to pass drug screening and a DOT physical to obtain their CDL. Drivers can legally be subjected to random drug testing at any time.

In order to obtain a permit it is necessary to first pass a general knowledge CDL test and general knowledge tests specific to the type of vehicle(s) you intend to operate. A specific example of the testing required to obtain a permit is that of the school bus driver. To obtain a permit to learn school bus driving an applicant is required to take a general knowledge school bus exam as well as that for passenger vehicles.

Permit holders are required to hold their CDL instruction permit for a minimum of at least 30 days. The only alternative to this time frame is to show proof of successfully completing a Commercial Driver Training School (CDTS) course. Even drivers with years of experience will need a permit if their experience has been with trucks less than 26,000 pounds GVW (hauling capacity).

The transportation industry offers many good driving jobs for those who like to drive. Those interested in obtaining CDL training permits have many options available to them to prepare for taking the exams. The Internet has many websites offering state by state information about requirements for CDL licensing.

Not only is information readily available online but you will find training courses that prepare one for permit exams in every state; even sample test questions and answers can be found online. Many of these websites prepare applicants with questions taken directly from state exams; these sites change their training exams as the states update their tests.

Not everyone is cut out to be a commercial driver. The stringency of the CDL permit process is meant to weed out those who lack the knowledge and skills to be good, safe drivers on our nations highways. If you dream of driving professionally, take the time to really learn the skills you need to acquire your permit successfully.

Additional information at: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/cdlcdip.html