The trucking industry in the United States is the “backbone” of our economy as we rely heavily on the transportation of goods, especially now during the Pandemic. Truck drivers are hailed as “essential” to our society and you may see an increasing rise in the number of people who wish to pursue this type of profession. However, before you can become a truck driver or bus driver, you are required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, otherwise known as your CDL. Find out how to get your CDL license today so you can join the other drivers in this most valuable profession.
Whether your plan is to transport goods from manufacturing locations to retailers, pursue construction with the intent to haul building materials or operate bulldozers, or drive a bus, you WILL need to know the steps to take in order to get your CDL license. While many people think it may take significant funds and schooling, you may be surprised to find that if your drive and determination are present, you can achieve your goal as a truck driver.
Steps to Get Your CDL
Keep in mind that operating large vehicles does require extra training, sharpened driving skills, along with complete knowledge of rules/regulations of interstate commercial driving as issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Below are some basic guidelines you must follow in order to obtain your CDL.
- For “interstate” commercial driving, you must be at least 21 years old; “intrastate” drivers must be at least 18 years old
- Determine which CDL you wish to pursue, depending on the type of vehicle you plan to operate. *For further information on the different types of CDL licenses, contact your local N.C. independent insurance agent
- Contact the N.C. DMV or visit the N.C. CDL Licensing website for your CDL handbook
- Fill out and submit your CDL application at the N.C. DMV or online (fees may apply)
- Be prepared to provide proof of your residency, personal identity, and social security number. Keep in mind there are specific requirements of “proof” that must be shown. For further information on this, please contact your local N.C. independent insurance agent
- Take and pass both eye exam and knowledge exam
- Submit BOTH a Medical Examiner’s Certificate Form and a Medical Examination Report Form
- If everything passes, you will then be issued a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). After 14 days, you can schedule a required driving skills test where you are required to use your own vehicle
- Take and pass the CDL road skills examination. After this you will pay for your CDL. Congratulations!
Pursuing a profession of operating commercial vehicles can be a profitable business if you have the “drive” to do so. Feel free to contact us at Twin City Insurance Agency with any questions you may have regarding your CDL license, the varying types of CDL licenses, pursuing a trucking profession, or any of your N.C. trucking insurance needs. Call us TODAY at 828-464-2643 with questions you have about tomorrow!