Before you can work for a company as a truck driver, you must obtain your Commercial Driver’s License, or CDL. This license allows you to operate any vehicle weighing more than 10,001 lbs for commercial purposes, as well as transport properly labeled hazardous materials. The best way to obtain your CDL in Arizona is to attend a CDL training school to learn the skills and information you will need to pass the CDL exam.
Prior to pursuing CDL training to take the CDL exam, there are a few basic requirements all CDL applicants must meet in the state of Arizona. To obtain a CDL in Arizona, you must be able to prove that Arizona is your state of domicile. You must be at least 21 years old to apply for a CDL; if you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you can apply for an intrastate license valid only in Arizona until you turn 21. Furthermore, truck drivers under the age of 21 may not transport hazardous materials. All CDL applicants must also pass a US DOT medical exam. The results of this exam are required upon application for your CDL.
Obtaining Your CDL
Before you can operate a truck—even for training—you must obtain a valid Arizona CDL Instruction/Learner Permit. To obtain this permit, you will need the results from your DOT medical exam, a valid social security card, and a valid driver’s license. You must wait at least 14 days after obtaining your CDL Instruction/Learner Permit to take the CDL skills test for your Commercial Driver’s License. Once you are ready to obtain your CDL, you must take and pass a standard CDL exam that includes both a written and a skills exam.
HDS Truck Driving Institute is a fully accredited CDL school that has graduated thousands of truck drivers over the past two decades. We are proud to offer CDL training, refresher courses, and road testing in Tucson. You can get more information about our programs, admissions, and financial aid on the web or when you call us at (877) 205-2141.