Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
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CDL DEFINED

A CDL is a driver's license required to operate placarded, heavy, or large hazardous material trucks in business.

HOW DO YOU GET A CDL?

The CLP is not offered free of charge. To streamline the process we recommend that you read and abide by the instructions stated in your states' CDL. There are several steps that are involved in obtaining a CDL. There are residency and medical requirements on top of knowledge and skills requirements. The steps taken in securing a CDL are given below:

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STEP 1: OBTAIN THE COMMERCIAL LEARNER'S PERMIT (CLP)

By getting the CLP you will be allowed to practice on public roads on condition that a qualified CDL holder sits next to you. Obtaining the permit transcends excelling in all the knowledge and skills tests for the specific type of driving you're interested in.

In ensuring that you're eligible for the CLP your driving history is checked for the past 10 years in all 50 states. You will also be required to bring in evidence that your state believes you're medically qualified. This proof is normally presented in the form of a DOT medical card. In order to obtain this card you must have excelled in the DOT physical.

STEP 2: OBTAIN THE COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE (CDL)

Before you're allowed to take the skills test you will be required to have the CLP. There are certain states that require you to successfully complete CDL training before they can allow you to begin the test. We strongly recommend that you practice the maneuvers and inspection tests in the CDL Manual that you will be tested on with a qualified person before embarking on the test.

You are required to pass all the three aspects of the test: the road test, the basic controls test, and the vehicle inspection test. Depending on your state you might be allowed to use their training aid to assist you in remembering items on the vehicle inspection checklist.

Once you have excelled in the skills test you need to take your forms to the counter for processing. It is at this point that you will be issued with a CDL.

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