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How to become a truck driver

How to become a truck driver

3 simple steps to a rewarding career

Considering becoming a truck driver? We’re here to help you make it happen. Read through the three steps on how to become a truck driver, and you’ll be on your way to starting a rewarding career.

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  • Step 1: Meet the requirements to become a professional truck driver.

    You will need to meet certain requirements in order to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) and be hired by a professional company.

    Be at least 21 years old.

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all professional truck drivers who drive across state lines to be at least 21 years old. You can obtain a CDL at the age of 18, but you will be limited to driving intrastate, and most trucking companies only hire CDL holders who are 21 years old and older.

    Have a clean driving record and solid work history.

    Most truck driving companies do background checks prior to hire to look for a clean driving record and solid work history.

    Check out your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website to become familiar with commercial driving rules and regulations.

  • Step 2: Enroll in training and obtain your CDL.

    Before you can start applying for truck driving jobs, you’ll need to obtain your CDL. This means that you’ll have to get proper training through a truck driving school to learn the basics of driving a commercial vehicle.

    Find a truck driving school.

    To earn a CDL, you will have to attend a truck driving school, pass a drug and alcohol test and more.

    Read the entire process on how to get your CDL so you know exactly what to expect.

    Take advantage of company-paid CDL training options.

    Schneider can even help you pay for truck driving school through our Company-Sponsored CDL Training, CDL Apprenticeship Training (CAT) and tuition reimbursement.

    Discover more about how Schneider helps pay for CDL training.

  • Step 3: Find a driving career that suits your lifestyle.

    Once you have your CDL, you will have access to a huge variety of truck driving jobs. However, there are a few things you’ll have to do before you can start your career.  

    Complete proper paperwork and screenings. 

    Prior to starting employment at most companies, you will be required to pass a drug and alcohol screen in addition to sharing your work history and passing a background check. 

    Search for your ideal driving job. 

    See Schneider’s driving opportunities and apply for one that matches your career goals. 

We’re here to help you take your next step.

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