How To Get Your CDL in Georgia
If you’re looking to get your CDL in Georgia, this article can help get your trucking career moving in the right direction! We can’t squeeze everything you need to know about earning your CDL in this article, but we can give you enough information to get the ball rolling.
What is a CDL?
What is a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and why do we use the term “Class A?” In the past, all drivers with a traditional driver’s license could operate a tractor-trailer and carry freight across the country. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Act of 1986 required truck drivers to certify they are competent drivers by getting a CDL. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines them 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.
- 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.
If you’re looking to be a driver in the trucking industry, then the Class A CDL is the one you’ll need. Without it, you won’t be able to move goods and necessities across state lines in a tractor-trailer.
CDL Requirements in Georgia
Because regulations and requirements change over time, the best way to ensure you satisfy all CDL requirements is to check with a Roadmaster representative or your local Georgia DMV.
- Identification – You will be asked to provide proof of your identity that will tell the CDL issuer details such as your full name, age, and residency status. In order to drive a tractor-trailer across state lines (interstate driving), you must be at least 21 years old. Drivers between the ages of 18-20 can be issued a restricted license that allows for CDL truck driving within the same state (intrastate).
- Medical – Because CDL truck drivers have such a large responsibility, it’s important that they be as healthy as they can be. Certain medical certifications are required of Class A CDL truck drivers, and you may have to receive a physical exam before a carrier company will hire you. Check with the Georgia Department of Driver Services to see more information about medical certifications for CDL drivers.
- CDL Exam – To receive your Class A CDL, you will have to perform and pass a written test as well as a driving test. It’s essential that you come prepared the first time around to avoid having to retake the test over at another time. The written test will cover a range of trucking topics while the driving assessment will require you to demonstrate driving skills like pre-trip inspections, backing, and merging into traffic.
If this all sounds like a lot to think about, don’t worry! Roadmaster is here to help you through process of earning your Class A CDL, from obtaining your CDL permit to applying to trucking jobs.
How do I get a CDL permit in Georgia?
Similar to when you were required to get a driver’s permit before getting a license, CDL training requires future truck drivers to hold a training permit. Thankfully, you won’t have to get your CDL permit before you arrive to classes. Roadmaster will assist you in obtaining a CDL permit in Georgia shortly after the course begins.
How do I get my CDL license in Georgia?
Roadmaster’s truck driving school in Georgia works with trainees in classroom-style settings and behind-the-wheel training to prepare them for their CDL exam and a successful trucking career. Our industry-expert instructors have decades of experience and will have you feeling confident and ready to take your career to the next level!
A career in the truck driving industry can include
- Competitive salaries
- Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
- Options for 401k, paid vacation, and sick time
- Flexible schedules
- Increasing demand for drivers and more!
Roadmaster’s CDL courses can be completed in as few as four weeks and include weekday, weeknight, and weekend options to work with varying schedules.
At Roadmaster, you’ll have access to our job placement program that helps trainees apply to coveted positions in the Professional Truck Driving Industry. You’ll have a choice between renowned carriers, and many of our trainees are pre-hired in the first week of courses! Benefits for drivers are improving with the current demand, and entry-level drivers can make between $40,000 to $45,000 their first year!*
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises