Driving a truck is a huge responsibility. Not only do truck drivers supply America’s food and goods, but they must also make sure they do so safely and in a timely manner. While this may sound like an easy job, make no mistake: it’s not.
In order to apply for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Pennsylvania, there are several steps you need to take. Read on to learn what they are.
Steps to Take
Meet the Age Requirements
You must be at least 18 years of age to drive within the state and 21 years old to drive out of state or to carry a hazardous material endorsement.
Have a Pennsylvania Driver’s License
You may not apply for a CDL without first obtaining a standard driver’s license.
Apply for a Permit
Apply for your commercial driver learner’s permit by filling out DL-31CD.
Certify the Type of Driving
Fill out DL-11CD in order to self-certify the type of driving in which you intend to engage in.
Present the Proper Identification Documentation
You must present one of the following documents verifying your identity:
- Birth certificate with a raised seal
- Naturalization documents or current immigration document
Provide Proof of Residency
You must prove that you are a U.S. resident using one of the following documents:
- Tax records
- Lease agreements
- Mortgage documents
- W-2 form
- Current weapons permit
- Current utility bills
- Your renewal notice
- Current license
Pay the Fees
You must pay the following fees:
- Increased annual license fee
- Prorated amount based on how many years (full or partial) are left on your current non-commercial driver’s license
- Photo fee
- CDL permit fees for requested privileges
- Based on how many privileges you apply for as part of your application
- There are fees for each class, endorsement, and restriction removal
According to PennDOT, you must pass the knowledge tests required for the class of license, restriction, and endorsements you’d like to earn. Here are the various training requirements for the different classes, restrictions, and endorsements:
Unfortunately, trucking accidents happen all the time. That’s why it’s critical drivers are trained thoroughly and have a clear understanding of the risks and regulations involved with the career. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover it.