To become a truck driver, you'll need to meet specific conditions. Below are the requirements necessary to start your career.
Graduate high school education or study for a GED. Most employers will expect you to have completed one of the two if you want to be considered for a job. Also, the law requires you to be 21 before becoming a truck driver. So while you wait, be sure to obtain your state driver's license. Depending on your state, it will cost you between $20 - $90.
After completing your initial education and having a state driver's license, you can start your formal training. Many institutions offer the training you need to become a truck driver, so compare offerings from colleges, private specialty schools, and private truck companies. Make sure whichever you proceed with provides all requirements needed to meet your state's BMV or DMV regulations.
A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a legal requirement that is needed to become a truck driver. There are three different categories of this license (A, B, and C). However, CDL-A is the most versatile of the three and the one you should go for if you are looking at driving large loads.
Getting your CDL requires the following steps:
Complete a driver training form
Submit the CDL Application and pay the fee
Verify your identity and social security number and prove your state & US residency
Submit relevant medical forms
Complete and pass an eye test
Complete and pass a knowledge exam
Get your Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP)
Book your CDL road skills exam 14 days after gaining your CLP
Pass a pre-trip inspection
Using your vehicle, pass the road skills exam
Once you have passed the exam, you can pay the fees for your CDL
At this point, it is essential to contact your state BMV or DMV to check if you need an endorsement code for your license. An endorsement code permits you to drive a specific vehicle.
After completing all the steps and gaining your CDL, you can start applying for jobs in the industry. Many employers will expect you to complete a company-specific training program to learn relevant company information and regulations before you can start driving for them. Initial training can take up to a month to complete.