How To Get Your CDL in North Carolina
Are you looking to get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in North Carolina? That’s great news! Roadmaster has a truck driving school in Dunn with daily classes taught by industry experts! To get ahead of the game, here are some basic facts you should know and a few key requirements you can prepare for ahead of time:
What exactly is a CDL? In the past, any driver could operate heavy machinery such as a bus or tractor-trailer with just a driver’s license. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Act of 1986 required drivers operating heavy machinery to get specific licenses depending on the weight of the vehicle. 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.
CDL Requirements in North Carolina
You’ll need to verify a few things before you can get your CDL in North Carolina:
- Proof of Age and Identity – To get your CDL in North Carolina, you will need to bring two forms of proof to verify age and identity. The documents will need to have your full name (including your middle) and date of birth. Click here to see the North Carolina DMV’s list of accepted identity documents.
- Proof of Social Security – You will be asked to bring an official document that verifies your Social Security number. Click here to find a list of DMV approved documents. All documents must be originals. Copies will not be accepted.
- Proof of Residency – Find a list of accepted proof of residency documents from the North Carolina DMV here. If you aren’t a citizen of the United States, you will have to provide documentation from the U.S. government indicating legal presence.
- Pass Your CDL Test – This one’s a no brainer. You can’t get your CDL without passing both the written and the driving test in your state. You’ll want to come prepared to avoid having to retake the test, and that’s why CDL training is essential!
Other required documents are updated periodically, and general requirements may change slightly with time. For the most detailed and up-to-date information, check the North Carolina DMV’s website.
Don’t let all this information make you feel overwhelmed! Roadmaster will be there to help you every step of the way! From filling out paperwork to driving a truck, our industry professionals are there to answer your questions and give you the answers you need to master a career as a truck driver!
How do I get my CDL permit in North Carolina?
CDL permits are required of trainees in order to drive a tractor-trailer in training scenarios. Fortunately, you don’t have to hold a CDL permit in North Carolina before you come to Roadmaster. Our instructors work with trainees through the process of getting a permit upon arrival. After you graduate, you can trade in your permit for a CDL!
How do I get my CDL in North Carolina?
Since you’ll have to pass both the written and driving test, it’s important that you are well prepared with comprehensive CDL training. At Roadmaster, we prepare you to be a reliable, competent driver by teaching essential trucking skills and know-how! Our truck driving school in North Carolina helps trainees become confident behind the wheel and with their future as a truck driver in a high demand market. As a truck driver, you can look forward to great perks like:
- Competitive salaries
- Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
- Options for 401k, paid vacation, and sick time
- Flexible schedules
- Increasing demand for drivers
At Roadmaster, you’ll work with our Job Placement program to land a coveted spot in the Truck Driving Industry. You’ll have your choice of renowned carriers, and many trainees are pre-hired in the first week of classes! Benefits for drivers are improving with the current demand, and first year drivers average up to $45,000 their first year!*
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises