Having a commercial driver’s license or CDL will give you the opportunity to work as a truck driver or other similar vehicles in the state of West Virginia. To drive a commercial vehicle within WV you must be 18 years or older. Those who desire to drive interstate or outside of the state must be at least 21 years old. Visit this page to learn more about the requirements to become a truck driver in West Virginia.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that truck drivers in West Virginia earn an estimated annual salary of $34,230. Although this might be one of the lowest pay rates in the country, you can still earn more by paying attention to the industry you are going to work in. Examples of the top industries in the state include hazardous materials, cement mixing, petroleum, and agriculture. Other factors that might affect your salary are seniority, number of hours on the road, and the employer.
Truck Driving Schools in WV Listed By City
New River Community and Technical College
221 George Street, Suite 2
Beckley, WV 25801-2609
Phone: (866) 349-3739
Fred Eberle Tech Truck Driver Training
Route 5, Box 2
Buckhannon, WV 26201
PIA Trucking Program United Tech Center
Route 3 Box 43C
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Boone County Truck Driver Training
HC 81 Box 50B
Danville, WV 25053
PIA Trucking Program
Ben Franklin Tech Center 500 28th Street,
Dunbar, WV 25064
James Rumsey Technical Institute
3274 Hedgesville Road,
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Ohio Valley Truck Driver Training School
1341 Highland Avenue,
Williamstown, WV 26187
Phone: (304) 375-4140
(If you know of other CDL training facilities in this state you can contact us here. All school submissions must be complete and include the name, phone number and address of the facility to be considered.)
There are several federal and state requirements that must be met before one can obtain a Class A CDL. To qualify for a CDL, you must:
• Be at least 18 years old (21 if you wish to drive interstate)
• Have held an operator or junior operator license for a minimum of 2 years
• Have a valid class D license
• Pass the vision and/or physical exams and knowledge tests required for a CDL.
All applicants must take the General Knowledge test after submitting all the required application materials. You can only proceed to take the written exam if you pass the vision test. Applicants who wish to have endorsements added to their CDL will be required to take additional tests for each endorsement they wish to have.
The DMV will issue your temporary CDL instruction permit after you pass the written exams. After you receive your permit, here are a few things to remember:
• CDL permits are only valid for 6 months. You can only renew your CDL permit once after it expires.
• If your CDL expires after renewing it, you’ll have to start all over.
• You can only operate a commercial vehicle if you are accompanied by a licensed driver.
• Your permit must be valid for the type of vehicle you’re driving.
If you feel that you have gained enough driving experience, visit your local DMV office to schedule a date for your skills test. Applicants must pay $75 for the exam fee as well as provide their own vehicles for the tests. The skills tests are divided into a pre-trip inspection, basic skills demonstration, and on-road testing. You must pass all three parts to receive your CDL.