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Can I Get a CDL Without Going to School?


So, you’re interested in becoming a truck driver? That’s great! Truck driving is a challenging and rewarding profession. But, before you can start your training, you may be wondering: Can I get a CDL without going to school? The answer is yes – it is technically possible to get a CDL without going to school until Feb. 7, 2022. However, there are new federal requirements that will affect how you can get a CDL.

What is the ELDT?

Let’s take a closer look at what the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements are and what they mean for aspiring truck drivers. Beginning February 7, 2022, to be eligible to take the CDL skills and knowledge tests, applicants must complete entry-level driver training from a training provider listed on the Training Provider Registry.

All Driver Resource Center network schools meet all requirements and are listed on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. To be listed on the FMCSA’s new Training Provider Registry, schools or training programs must meet specific requirements based on curriculum and facilities. Including 31 theory topics and 19 behind-the-wheel (BTW) road and range skills. As a result, students must earn a minimum overall score of 80% on their theory assessments. In addition, students must show proficiency in all elements of the BTW public road and range curriculum for them to complete this program. 

Who is an entry-level driver?

You might be wondering who is considered an entry-level driver? The entry-level driver is anyone applying the first time for a Class A or Class B CDL, upgrading an existing CDL, or adding endorsements.

The benefits of attending a private CDL school?

There are many benefits of attending a private CDL school. CDL schools provide the necessary training and experience needed to pass the CDL test and become a successful truck driver.

  • High quality of instruction provided by experienced instructors and meet the new FMCSA ELTD requirements.
  • The choice to work for the trucking company and job that fits you best.
  • The ability to utilize federal and state grants to cover the cost of tuition
  • Job placement assistance, so you can find a job as a truck driver once you get your CDL.
  • Increased ability to find a job with larger carriers who require a minimum number of training hours. Carriers look to industry-leading schools to hire top new drivers. 

If you’re looking for a truck driving school, make sure you choose one that listed on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. This will ensure that you are completing the required training curriculum and that you are learning the skills necessary to operate a commercial vehicle safely and pass your CDL test.

Is it hard to get a CDL?

Getting a CDL isn’t hard, but it does take time and practice. Just like learning anything new you may struggle at first. However, when you attend a Driver Resource Center network school you will have experienced instructors to support you. The key to getting your CDL is practice. Make sure you show up on time for class, study hard and take advantage of the hands-on training. Typically, students can graduate with their CDL in 4 weeks.

However, we understand that everyone learns at their own speed, and we offer additional training at no cost. With a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, getting your CDL isn’t difficult. People of all types and abilities have successfully graduated with their CDL from Driver Resource Center network schools.

Many students consider the Alley Dock and Pre-Trip Inspection to be the most difficult aspects of CDL training. However, you can master them with practice.

How to get your CDL?

You are probably wondering how do I get my CDL? Well, the best way to get a CDL, especially with the upcoming ELTD requirements is to attend a Driver Resource Center network school. When you call or apply to DRC, a career specialist will walk you through the entire process. They will also be able to make recommendations for grants and tuition assistance programs. Our goal is to get you a CDL with little to no upfront costs. 

ELDT CDL training programs must be completed in person at the training facility. Unfortunately, it is not possible to get a CDL online. Next, we’ll review the requirements like age and driver’s license. You cannot get a CDL without a regular driver’s license.

To get your CDL, you will need to meet several state requirements including:

  • Complete all ELDT requirements with proficiency from a program registered on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry
  • Pass the required skills and knowledge test.
  • Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit for at least 14 days before taking the CDL test. (Enrollment does not require a permit. We will help you get your permit as part of the training.) Getting your CDLP requires you to:
  • Pass the written knowledge test.
  • Provide 1 document proving legal residency in the U.S.
  • Submit a review of your driving record.
  • Present valid Medical Examiner’s certificate.
  • Valid driver’s license in the state in which you wish to be certified
  • Be at least 18 years old

If you’re thinking about getting your CDL, it’s important to understand the new federal requirements. Make sure you are aware of what is involved in getting your CDL and what you need to do to meet the new ELDT requirements. So, if you’re interested in becoming a truck driver, it may be best to attend a Driver Resource Center network school. That way, you’ll be sure to meet all the requirements and you’ll be fully prepared for the road.

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Ready to get your CDL? Apply below and a career specialist will call you to discuss requirements and tuition assistance. 

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