Before you can officially get your CDL in Tucson and start working as a commercial driver, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. Use this guide to figure out how to get this permit so you can be one step closer to your new career as a truck driver.
Getting a Permit Before a License
If you are applying for your CDL for the first time, you must first get the CDL instruction permit, which is valid for six months. Drivers must be 21 years old to get a CDL. If you are at least 18, you can apply for an intrastate CDL that is only valid in Arizona. If a driver is under 21, though, he or she cannot transport hazardous materials.
Applying for the Permit
When you are ready to apply for your permit, you must get a physical examination and a Medical Examiner Certificate or an ADOT card. You also have to have your social security card and your regular driver’s license as well as another form of identification with your picture. You must be able to prove that you have had at least one year of driving experience in a vehicle that is not a motorcycle. If you have a current Arizona driver’s license, this information will be in the database.
Taking the Class and the Test
Once you have applied for your permit, you have to enroll in a class of license before you can sign up for your permit exam. You have to pass a knowledge test before you can obtain your permit.
If you are interested in driving a commercial truck for a living, HDS Truck Driving Institute is here to help you. We offer nationally recognized training programs that help you learn the skills and the knowledge that you need to get your CDL and start working in the industry. To learn more about our program or how to apply, visit us online or call (877) 205-2141.