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 Prerequisites for Becoming a Truck Driver

*High School Diploma or equivalent GED

One of the main requirements of becoming a TRUCK DRIVER is the ability to read and write.  Although a *diploma is not mandatory, many trucking companies can ensure the literacy of their drivers knowing they have a H.S. diploma or GED.

Minimum age to apply for a CDL is typically 21. 

However, some states do allow drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 to apply for a single-state CDL.  Check with your local State Agency or Truck Driving School Admissions Office.

Importance of Training

When starting out, many truck drivers may not be experienced in handling a vehicle carrying cargo. Perhaps they have been driving a school bus, van or public bus before they joined a truck driving company.  For some people it may even be their first job.

In such cases, it becomes imperative that their company provide on-the-job training. Often times, businesses will send their drivers for additional training or refresher courses at a licensed Truck Driving School.

Appropriate Licensing

Needless to say, the correct class of license is important for every type of truck driver.

Driving careers that require a:

Class A CDL License allows operation of most commercial vehicles and includes but are not limited to:

Tractor-Trailers, Truck Trailer Combinations, Tank Vehicles or Livestock Carriers

Class B CDL Licenses include but are not limited to:

Ready Mix/Concrete Truck, Dump Truck Driver or Large Passenger Buses

Class C CDL is a license to drive any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight less than 26,001 GVWR such as a small HazMat Vehicle or Passenger Van.

If you regularly transport hazardous or dangerous goods, you will also need a Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Certification or Appropriate Endorsement.

Personality and Health

It is important that a truck driver has no physical handicaps that would limit safe operation of the vehicle. All drivers must pass a DOT Physical and Drug Screen. Good attitude and the ability to stay focused are of the utmost importance and should not be taken lightly.