If you are in the trucking industry or interested in pursuing a career driving a commercial vehicle/truck, you will probably be required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, otherwise known as CDL. As a truck driver, you are in the business of hauling and transporting goods across the United States and while this profession comes with its own share of inherent risks on the roadways, it can be quite profitable. However, before you get started, you need to find out about CDL license(s) and how to obtain it.
Steps Required to Obtain a CDL License(s)
There are some required steps required to obtain your CDL license; however, keep in mind there are some misconceptions that need to be addressed. You DO NOT need to attend trucking school to obtain a CDL. Driving practice requirements are required prior to getting your license to operate commercial motor vehicles, but it doesn’t have to take place through a trucking school. Another misconception is that you must pay for your N.C. CDL manual. Please refer to the N.C. DMV and/or N.C. CDL licensing website for further information.
But here is what you DO need in order to obtain a CDL:
- You must be 21 years old or older (18 to 20 years old to drive “intrastate”)
- Complete and submit your N.C. CDL application- *Fees may apply
- Provide proof of your social security number, identity, and residency– For more detailed information on what may be needed as “proof”, contact your local N.C. independent insurance agent
- Pass a vision test and knowledge exam
- Complete and submit a Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate Form
- If you pass and provide all the above information, you will be issued a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) at which point you can schedule your CDL driving skills test. *There is a 14-day waiting period before you can take the road skills examination
- Take and pass the CDL road skills and driving examination using your own vehicle
- Pay the fee for your CDL
Keep in mind that pursuing a career in trucking doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Investing your time, energy, and determination toward this career is what is essential. Paramount Insurance Agency is here to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your N.C. CDL or any trucking concerns. Whether you a pursuing a Class A, Class B, or Class C license, we are available for all your trucking needs. Call us TODAY at 866-869-3335.