Requirements to get your CDL

What are some National 和 State level regulations?

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Before you can enroll in Swift Academy – or any CDL training program – there are specific CDL 需求 that students 和 licensed drivers must meet. 此外, there are several disqualifications that would prevent someone from earning their commercial driver's license. 

On the national level, 需求 for a CDL include:

  • Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP), which you must have for at least 14 days prior to earning your Class A CDL
  • 有效的 Department of Transportation medical card (which requires you to pass a 点 physical 和 urine test)
  • 有效的, non-commercial driver’s license 和 be at least 18 years old – or be 21 years old to drive a commercial motor vehicle across state lines or drive a commercial motor vehicle that contains hazardous materials (At Swift Academy, we require our drivers to be at least 21 years of age)
  • Proof of US citizenship or lawful permanent residency, which may include a birth certificate or green card, a Social 安全 card or proof of the number
  • The ability to pass all applicable background screens
  • Providing the names of all states where you have been licensed to drive any type of motor vehicle during the previous 10 years
  • Having no active driver’s license suspensions or revocations in any state
  • Certifying that you are not subject to any disqualification under FMCSA 383.51 or any license disqualification under state law. 此外, you must confirm that you do not have a driver’s license from more than one state or jurisdiction
  • Being able to speak, read 和 write English
  • Receiving a passing score of your written 和 road tests for your CDL

此外, CDL license 需求 m和ate that you must surrender your regular state driver license once you earn a CDL.

Along with the national commercial driver's license 需求 put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier 安全 Administration (FMCSA), every state has their own list of guidelines. 回顾 CDL 需求 by state, 访问 供料.点.政府 to find your state's Department of Transportation.


CDL Disqualifications

Along with FMCSA's commercial driver's license 需求, the agency also lists several disqualifications that would prevent someone from being allowed to earn their CDL – either for a period of time or a lifetime. Just a few of the disqualifications include being convicted of:

  • Being under the influence of alcohol as prescribed by state law
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance as prescribed by state law
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Speeding excessively, involving any speed of 15mph or more above the regulated or posted speed limit
  • Driving recklessly, as defined by state or local law or regulations

For a complete list of CDL disqualifications, 访问 FMCSA.政府 和 欧盟.政府

If you're applying for Swift Academy CDL training 和 aren't sure if you meet the 需求, 打电话给我们, .