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.
Step 1: Meet the requirements to become a professional truck driver.
To drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) and be hired by a professional company, you will need to meet certain requirements.
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: Obtain a CDL.
To earn a CDL, you will have to attend a truck driving school, pass a drug and alcohol test, undergo a physical and more.
Read the entire process on how to get your CDL so you know exactly what to expect.
Schneider can even help you pay for truck driving school through our Paid CDL Training program, CDL Apprenticeship Training (CAT) program and tuition reimbursement.
Discover more about how Schneider helps pay for CDL training.
Step 3: Get a truck driving job.
Once you have your CDL, you will have access to a huge variety of truck driving jobs. 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.
See Schneider’s driving opportunities and apply for one that matches your career goals.
We’re here to help you take your next step.