To become a commercial driver in the U.S the most important thing needed is a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
CDL is a proof that you have passed the tests and are a qualified commercial driver. But to appear for the skill tests you must have a CLP for at least 14 days.
Four step process to become a Commercial Driver:
1. Read the state’s CDL manual.
2. Decide on what type of vehicle and driving you need the Licence for.
3. Gain a COMMERCIAL LEARNER’S PERMIT.
4. Get a CDL.
What is the commercial driver license manual?
This is a documentation that provides you with the federal requirements of your state for getting a CDL. It also details about the tests (both knowledge and skill) required to pass to get a CDL.
Commercial learner's permit(CLP)
This permit allows you to drive commercial vehicles on road with a valid CDL holder next to you.
But to get a CLP following criteria must be satisfied:
➢ Verification of your driving record of last 10 years in all 50 states and in the district of Columbia.
➢ A valid medical test proof.
The different skill tests are:
➔ Vehicle inspection test
➔ Basic controls test
➔ Road test
Once the skill tests are passed you are issued a CDL. But there is an exemption for the skill tests in case if you are a former military servant.
Commercial driver's licence endorsement codes:
T- Double or triple trailers.
N- Tank vehicles
H- Hazardous materials.
X- Tank vehicles and hazardous materials.
This infographic by CDL Knowledge shows you the process and steps to become a commercial driver.