If you’re looking to train for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Texas, this is just the article for you! While all of the rules and suggestions on CDL training in Texas can’t fit into a single article, we can give you some of the basics!
For starters, what exactly is a CDL? In the past, any driver could operate heavy machinery such as a bus or tractor-trailer with their standard 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.
After drivers complete CDL training in Texas, they will test for their license either at our facility or at a local DMV/DOT. Class A CDL holders are eligible to drive the largest vehicles intrastate (in their state) and interstate (between states), taking positions with preferred carriers. Class B CDL holders can take up positions using lighter vehicles including bus driving, furniture delivery, cement and concrete production, and auto-transport driving to name a few.
CDL Requirements in Texas
Identification – You will need documentation to prove that you are either a U.S. citizen or have lawful presence. In fact, you may be required to provide more than one document to verify identity. The information on all documents must match each other to be considered, so make sure the name, date of birth, or any other identifying facts match to avoid conflicts.
Verification of Texas Residency – According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, “To apply for a CDL, individuals must provide two documents to verify their domicile is in Texas. The documents submitted must include the individual’s name and permanent address.” If you’re unable to provide two documents, you may be eligible to complete a Texas Residency Affidavit.
Evidence of a SSN – Without proof of a Social Security Number, a CDL cannot be issued. Whatever proof you use to verify your SSN, it must be an unaltered original, not a copy. For a list of acceptable documents verifying your SSN in Texas, click here.
Successful Completion of the CDL Exam – The “Supplement Application Texas Commercial Driver License Certifications and Record of CDL Examination” is the test that will determine whether or not you get the license. It’s important that you arrive well prepared for this exam.
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 new career as a professional truck driver!
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 Texas Department of Public Safety’s website.
How do I get my CDL Permit in Texas?
CDL permits are required to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s) in training scenarios. However, it isn’t necessary to hold a CDL permit in Texas to apply to Roadmaster. Our facilities work with trainees through the process of getting a CDL permit shortly after beginning courses. Once you graduate and pass your exam, you will be issued an official Commercial Driver’s License!
How do I get my CDL License in Texas?
Because you’ll need to pass the written and driving examinations, it’s essential that you are well prepared beforehand with local CDL training in Texas. The written portion of the test will include information “drawn from the material in the Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook,” while the driving portion will cover tasks such as merging into traffic, parallel parking, and an air brake safety inspection.
This is where Roadmaster comes in! At Roadmaster, we prepare you for life on the road by teaching essential trucking skills and know-how. Our truck driving school in San Antonio, TX works with trainees in classroom-style settings and behind-the-wheel training to ready them for the exam. Industry professionals answer questions and teach comprehensive courses that will have you feeling confident and ready to take your career to the next level!
A career in the truck driving industry includes
• Competitive salaries
• Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
• Options for 401k, paid vacation, and sick time
• Flexible schedules
• Increasing demand for drivers
Our CDL courses can be completed in as few as four weeks and include weekday, weeknight, and weekend options to fit virtually any lifestyle. Class A CDL training requires 160 hours, while Class B CDL training requires around 30-40 hours, depending on location.
After taking a CDL course with Roadmaster, you’ll test for your license and work with our job placement program to land a coveted spot in the Professional Truck Driving Industry. You’ll have your choice of renowned carriers, and many trainees are pre-hired in the first week of the course! Benefits for drivers are improving with the current demand, and first year drivers average between $40,000 to $45,000 their first year!*
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