Do you want to know how to get a Class A CDL License in Florida? Roadmaster Drivers School operates three schools in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa and has trained thousands of professional truck drivers. Let’s go over some of the basic things you need to get started!
What exactly is a CDL and why do you need it?
In short, the CDL is a certification that qualifies you to operate heavy machinery.There are a few types of CDL’s; depending on the total weight of the vehicle you will be driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) defines Class A and Class B CDL’s as:
- Class A CDL – Any combination of vehicles with a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. This is the one you need to work for major carriers like the ones that Roadmaster works with. (Link to carrier choice and list carriers)
- Class B CDL – Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Act of 1986 requires drivers to take a state exam that proves their skill and knowledge on the road when operating heavy machinery. CDL training is all about keeping the roads safe!
CDL Requirements in Florida
You can make sure that you’re ready to get your CDL by doing or providing the following:
- Proof of Identification – All applicants for a Class E license (required for a Class A CDL in Florida) are required to bring proof of identification. Florida requires an original birth certificate or US passport. If you don’t have an original birth certificate, you can substitute with a certified copy.
- Social Security Number Verification – Proof of a Social Security number is required in order to receive your CDL license. As with other proofs of identification, your evidence of SSN must be an original and cannot be a copy. The state of Florida will accept either your Social Security Card or a W-2.
- Proof of Residential Address – To be eligible for a Florida CDL, you should be a resident of Florida. To prove this, you can show documents such as utility, cable, or telephone bills with your address listed.
- Pass the CDL exam – This is the last (and arguably most important!) step in getting your CDL. There are a couple parts to the exam, including general knowledge, combinations, pre-trip inspection, and the road test. This covers both written and practical on-the-road material.
If you’re feeling a little lost, don’t worry! Roadmasters’ Admissions Representatives can help you get started and begin your professional truck driving career! Click here to start chatting.
Requirements are always subject to change. To make sure that your documentation requirements are up-to-date, check the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ website.
How do I get my Florida CDL permit?
Just like with your normal driver’s license, you’ll need a training permit to begin learning how to drive trucks. In this case, you need a CDL permit. You won’t need to go get this on your own, though. Roadmaster instructors will cover the material you need to know before you test for your permit.
How do I get my CDL License in Florida?
If you’re reading this, chances are passing the Class A CDL test is pretty important to you. That can be pretty daunting if you’re facing it alone.
Fortunately for you, Roadmaster is here to help. Roadmaster’s professional Class A CDL training program can prepare you to tackle the CDL test and will walk you through the process of earning a job. Jumpstart your career with Roadmaster’s expert training and prepare for the benefits of the Professional Truck Driving Industry, including perks like
- Competitive salaries
- Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
- Options for 401k, paid vacation, and sick time
- Flexible schedules
- Increasing demand for drivers
Where do I begin?
Contact a Roadmaster Admissions Representative by filling out the information on our homepage, and let them know you’re ready to get your career in the Professional Truck Driving Industry underway! Discuss options with a friendly Roadmaster Representative and see how our Class A CDL training in Florida is the best fit for you!
Call Roadmaster at 1-800-831-1300 or chat with a representative here and get started on your CDL today!
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