Florida CDL Requirements
- Written Test
- Driving Test
- State ID
- Driver's License
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
Those looking to obtain a Florida trucking job must pass all of the Florida CDL requirements. These requirements include providing all of the Florida licensing information required to take the actual CDL tests.
The state of Florida sets certain requirements above those needed for private vehicles when a person applies for a Commercial Driver's License. A class A CDL is required to drive a truck or truck combination of over 26,001 pounds, or to tow anything over 10,000 pounds. Getting a CDL requires several exams and hands-on tests.
Drivers interested in obtaining a class A CDL must already possess a Florida state driver's license. They must also obtain a medical clearance by undergoing a Department of Transportation-approved physical. Drivers over 18 may obtain a CDL, but can only drive inside the state before they are 21.
No CDLs will be issued to drivers who have a suspended or revoked license in any state. Proof of social security number must be furnished in order to take the tests. This can be the card itself or a W-2.
Class A CDL drivers must all take the general knowledge and the combination vehicles tests. Those who intend to drive or will drive a vehicle with air brakes during their test must take the air brakes test. Most if not all drivers will need to take the air brakes test. Information for the written test is covered in the Florida CDL Manual.
Drivers who pass the tests above will proceed to the skills tests. The first of these is the pre-trip test where the driver will inspect the vehicle and explain to the examiner why the given inspections are necessary. The basic vehicle control test is used to gauge how the driver controls the vehicle in a safe environment and is done off-road. Finally, drivers who pass all the previous tests will move on to the on-road exam.
Endorsements are additions to a CDL license that allow the driver to do certain things that are otherwise prohibited. Drivers have their endorsements marked on their CDL. In order to pull double or triple trailers legally, the double/triples test is required and the endorsement marked is a T. Driving a tanker truck requires endorsement N. Passenger endorsement is a P, and school bus endorsement is an S.
Driving placarded Hazmat vehicles requires taking and passing the test for endorsement H. Driving a placarded Hazmat tanker vehicle requires the endorsement X. Applying for either Hazmat endorsement requires fingerprinting and a background check as well as passing the appropriate test. Drivers must be 21 to obtain a Hazmat endorsement.
Those who manage to re-license before their current CDL license expires will be able to simply update their license through a quick trip to the DMV. Florida re-licensing information is more difficult for those who have let their license expire. These individuals must go through the licensing process again, and will be expected to take all tests once again.