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The CDL (commercial driver's license) training program provides thorough driver training and trucking job placement assistance for the trucking industry.
There are many State and Federal regulations that govern the qualifications and standards set for driving a truck. All truck drivers must comply with those regulations and any state regulations that exceed those of the Federal requirements. Anyone driving a truck must posses a valid driver's license issued in the State of resident, and most companies require a non-blemished driving record. Drivers of trucks designed to carry 26,000 pounds or more--including most tractor-trailers, as well the larger straight trucks --must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) from the state in which they live. All drivers who operating trucks transporting hazardous materials must obtain a CDL, regardless of the truck size. Hazardous materials endorsement require a driver to be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check by the Transportation Security Administration. Federal regulations governing CDL administration allow the states to exempt farmers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, some military drivers, and snow and ice removers from the need for a CDL. In many states a regular driver's license is sufficient for driving light trucks and vans.