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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.

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    Step 2: Enroll in training and obtain your CDL.

    Before you can start applying for truck driving jobs, you’ll need to obtain a CDL. This means you’ll have to first get a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) and then go through proper training at a truck driving school. After completing those two steps, you will be ready to take a knowledge exam and skills test in order to get a CDL.

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

    Find a truck driving school.

    To earn a CDL, you will have to attend a truck driving school. Schneider can help you find a reputable truck driving school in your area. Simply use our truck driving school search page to locate a great driving school in your area.

    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.

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    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. 

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