A CDL or commercial driver’s license permit is what you need in order to start learning how to drive a truck or any other commercial vehicle such as passenger buses and trailers. You will not be allowed to practice driving a commercial vehicle, which is an important aspect of the learning process, if you do not have this permit. The validity of the permit will vary from one state to another and this will limit the time that you have to learn about the variety of truck driving requirements. There are states however, that allow students to renew their permits if they are not able to take the CDL test right before the permit expires.
The application process for a CDL permit involves a lot of paperwork and also a set of written exams. This means that you also need to study something about commercial driving first before you will be given this permit. Aside from that, you must have a valid driver’s license first before you apply which means that you must already know how to drive a car and if you already do, that you should have a valid and active license which has not been suspended or revoked for some driving convictions. You must also possess only one driver’s license as well.
In some states, the process of applying for a permit can be a speedy one while in others it may take some time due to the number of requirements. You will need to submit several documents such as your birth certificate, Social Security number, proof of residence and citizenship or valid status of residence in the US, your driver’s license, and you will also need to undergo several medical tests to determine whether you have any medical condition that may affect your capacity to drive trucks.
Aside from this, you will also have to undergo a physical exam to see if you can handle the tasks that are connected with truck driving. This is a required physical test which is conducted by the Department of Transportation although the timing in which it is administered can differ from state to state. Some conduct this before you apply for the permit while others conduct it after. You will also need to study your state’s CDL manual since it is where the test items are usually derived. You can get them for free at your local DMV or BMV offices or any other which has been designated to handle examinations.
Before you apply for a commercial driver’s license, you will have to apply for a CDL permit first. Through the permit, you will be able to drive an actual truck after your classroom trainings. You will however, only be able to drive the specific type of truck which is stated on your permit. This permit also has an expiration date which means that you will only be allowed to practice for a specified period of time. It is therefore important to learn as much you can about truck driving before your permit expires.