i need help getting into trucking

by curt

i'm trying to get into trucking and having a hard time getting my cdl.the dmv wont let me take the test unless i can prove domicile which i dont have and i recently got my regular license back and all the trucking companys are saying wait till oct.or nov.before i can go to training.

What other options are there out there that i can take to become a trucker and get my career going before its to late,i'm ready to get on the road,make some real money and see some new people and places.

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Jun 24, 2010
Question for in regards to the answer
by: Gabrielle

American Trucker - In the case regarding schools - what kind of school would be recommended? I will be starting a school (public) but I don't want to waste my money if companies won't take the school I attend seriously.

It is recognized but still - trucking is something I want to get into and trucking schools in California (northern) aren't easy to come by.

Curt - I'm a bit confused on the domicile situation. Obviously that's personal - but,Last time I checked, Domicile meant the status or attribution of being permanently resident in a particular jurisdiction---- why is it so important to the DMV?

Does it matter in your state which county/jurisdiction you get your license?

Jun 24, 2010
CDL training
by: American Trucker

Truck Driving Schools and Student Responsibility
by C.Smith (American Trucker)

Truck Driving Schools are a big business. Their purpose is to educate and train students so that
they may become licensed Professional CDL Drivers. There are basically 3 types of Training
Schools you can receive your CDL training from. In any case, you must make sure that the
School is certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute, also known as PTDI. It will be up to you to confirm this certification.

All it will take is a phone call to contact PTDI at 703-647-7015.

Remember, in order for a training facility to be PTDI certified, the schools must allow for 44 hours of driving time.
Here are your 3 Types of Truck driver Training.

1. Training through a Trucking company or motor carrier. This will most likely require a
contract with the trucking company that you must sign stating you will only drive for them,
usually for at least 12 months.

2. Private Truck Driving Schools- Assuming they are PTDI certified, this is somewhat
acceptable, however they are usually very expensive. A thorough investigation of this type by the student should be made.

3 Public Truck Driving Schools- These schools include your community colleges and your Vo-
Tech Schools. They usually provide extensive training and take at least 3 months to acquire your
CDL. The cost is much less than the private schools and the training is usually better. Remember though, your quality of training depends on the instructor you have. Some public programs will be better than others, this is just the nature of the beast....and life.

Ask questions to others who have received training from the school. This shouldn?t be difficult as it is most likely a local
school near your home town. The amount of scams concerning truck driving schools is growing at a rapid pace. This is because there is big money to be made teaching those interested in getting their cdl. Most people will need to be taught through a truck driving school training program, therefore the demand is there for these facilities.

Because of this, many greedy people have decided to create so called ?Truck driving schools?. A
portion of the Trucking Companies are among the guilty where this topic is concerned. Also,
guilty of the truck driving schools scams are some individual private companies. The best advise I can give is to read ALL the fine print when attempting to achieve your cdl
license from any truck driver training program.

Just because they offer you a CDL license doesn?t
mean you are guaranteed the training that a professional truck driver requires to in order to run the road safely. Not only that, if the training is not recognized by the trucking company looking
to hire you ( PTDI certified), you will be out Thousands of dollars. Finally, look at the fine print.

Many trucking company truck driving schools require a contract that you will have to sign.

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