If you’re looking for a career that’s both challenging and rewarding, truck driving may be the right choice for you. Before joining the industry as a professional truck driver, there are a few requirements to become a truck driver that you’ll need to meet.
1. Obtain a CDL
The first step is to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) from your state of residence, which comes with its own set of requirements.
2. Attend a Truck Driving School
To earn a CDL, you’ll have to attend a truck driving school. Each school may have slight variations in its truck driver requirements, but there are a few qualifications that are consistent across the board. If you’re wondering where the nearest school is or how you’ll pay for school, Schneider has answers.
3. Clean Driving Record & Solid Work History
Most truck driving schools require a clean driving record and a solid work history to be admitted to their programs. Want more information on truck driver qualifications in your state? Pick up a copy of your state’s commercial driver’s manual at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to become familiar with commercial driving rules and regulations.
4. Be at Least 21 Years Old
The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all professional truck drivers to be at least 21 years old.
5. Pass a Drug & Alcohol Test & Undergo a Physical
Prospective drivers also have to pass a drug and alcohol test and undergo a physical by an approved doctor before receiving their CDL.
At this point, you’ll be legal to drive and ready to find your professional home. We hope you consider a career with Schneider. If you do, you’ll also have to complete our paid orientation to ensure you feel comfortable behind the wheel and to bring you up to speed on Schneider’s processes and communication programs. Meet all these requirements, and you’ll be ready to hit the road with Schneider!
Ready to take your first step in becoming a truck driver?
The first step to becoming a truck driver is obtaining your CDL. Schneider does not have a truck driving school, but we do hire graduates from hundreds of truck driving schools around the country. Find a truck driving school in your area.
If you’re a professional driver, do you have tips for aspiring drivers about meeting truck driver requirements? If you’re an aspiring professional driver, do you have any questions about becoming a truck driver? Tell us below!