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
Before you hit the road as a professional truck driver, there are specific requirements you need to meet.
1. 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. While you can obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at the age of 18, you’ll be limited to driving intrastate. Most trucking companies prefer to hire CDL holders who are 21 years old and older.
2. Have a Clean Driving Record and Solid Work History. Most trucking companies conduct background checks before hiring. They look for a clean driving record and a reliable work history.
3. Familiarize Yourself with Commercial Driving Rules and Regulations. 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
1. Get a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). Before applying for truck driving jobs, you must first get a CLP. This requires proper training at a truck driving school. Afterward, you’ll need to pass a knowledge exam and skills test to obtain your CDL.
2. Find a Truck Driving School. Earning your CDL requires attending a reputable truck driving school. Schneider can help you find one in your area. Use our truck driving school search page to locate a great driving school near you.
3. Explore Company-Paid CDL Training Options. Schneider offers assistance in paying for truck driving school through Company-Sponsored CDL Training, CDL Apprenticeship Training (CAT), and tuition reimbursement. Discover more about how Many Carriers helps pay for CDL training.
Step 3: Find a Driving Career That Suits Your Lifestyle
With your CDL in hand, a world of truck driving jobs opens up. However, there are a few more steps before you can start your career.
1. Complete Proper Paperwork and Screenings. Before joining most companies, you’ll need to pass a drug and alcohol screening, provide your work history, and undergo a background check.
2. Search for Your Ideal Driving Job. Explore our 50 Carriers driving opportunities and apply for one that matches your career goals.