1. What Do You Need to Become a Truck Driver in 2019?
All of the following steps can be made easy by working with a truck driving school like Truck Driving Academy. Truck Driving Academy can help you through every step along the way and even help you find a job once you have successfully completed the course and obtained your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
- Be at least 21 years of age (or 18 years of age to drive in-state)
- Submit your state’s CDL Application and pay the appropriate fee
- Provide proper identification and social security number verification (requirements may vary from state to state)
- Provide proof of state and US residency
- Submit a completed Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate Form
- Pass a general vision test
- Pass a knowledge exam
- After passing both the vision and knowledge exams, you will be issued a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)
- After a minimum of 14 days, you can then schedule your CDL road skills examination
- Pass a pre-trip inspection
- Pass the road skills and driving examination (you must bring your own vehicle)
- After passing the pre-trip inspection and the road skills and driving exams, you will need to pay the necessary fees for your new CDL. You may also have to submit a 10 Year Record Check if you’ve had a driver’s license in any state or jurisdiction other than the one where you are applying for your CDL.
- Once all the above is completed you will obtain your CDL and are able to start looking for job opportunities!
2. How Much Does Truck Driving School Cost?
The cost of truck driving school varies from state to state, as well as between providers. Typically, the cost of obtaining a suitable Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is somewhere between $3,000 and $7,000 – give or take a few. The type of license and endorsements you wish to obtain will also influence the cost. The price for Class A training is different from that of Class B, not including the cost of relevant driving endorsements.
3. How Long Does It Take to Become a Truck Driver?
If you are participating in a full-time course, it can take you around seven weeks to complete the relevant CDL training. If you are participating in a part-time course, it can take over 3 months. Also, obtaining the Class A license requires significantly more training than the Class B. Many trainees can obtain their Class B license in just around a week.