Commercial Driver's License Requirements
Your CDL or Commercial Driver's License, is your passport to being able to have whatever sort of truck driving career you want in the industry. The minimum age for application is usually 21, though some states allow 18-20 year old drivers to apply for a CDL, provided they only drive within their state of residence.
- You have not had a revoked, suspended or cancelled license
- You have not been convicted of any serious traffic violations
Many trucking companies will help you get your CDL while you're taking one of their truck driving courses. The best companies will also make sure that you're being properly trained in the safe and proper use of the vehicle, every step of the way. The cost of the truck driving course as well as the CDL testing can be paid off during your eventual employment with these trucking companies. Over a period of two years, the cost of your training is deducted - a little bit each month - until the cost is paid off. This allows students with little chance of getting a student loan, the chance to train for a position that can help them to build a career as a truck driver. Check to see if the company you want to drive for has any training plans available for new or student drivers. It'll make getting your license and training a whole lot easier, when you know that you have a job waiting when you graduate from the course.