Driver's License and Record Requirements

     Some states have a license called a "Chauffeur's License," and some don't. If your state has that, that's the one you'll need in order to drive most of the vehicles that weigh less than 26,000 lbs. Unlike the CDL (Commercial Driver's License), which we'll cover in a moment, the Chauffeur's License is very easy to obtain. It usually requires one to merely take a short written test, typically about ten or so questions long, that one can simply study the regular driver's manual for, beforehand. (I got mine by simply studying it for about 10 minutes, right there at the License Branch, after which I aced the test. Nothing to it!) And in states that don't issue Chauffeur's licenses, all that one needs in order to drive these lighter-weight vehicles is an ordinary Operator's License.

     For most vehicles weighing more than 25,000 lbs., you'll need a Class B CDL. (In Canada, that's called "Class 2.") For the most part, the Class A (or Class 1) one is needed just for driving certain types of heavy combination vehicles, and semi-tractor-trailer trucks. Most people who are delivering brand-new vehicles are doing so with Operator's or Chauffeur's Licenses, and Class B (or Class 2) CDLs.

     Here's a myth-buster about CDLs. Most people think that it is a very difficult license to obtain, and requires spending weeks, and thousands of dollars to attend a school. What a shame for the people who do that, that they didn't know that our Resource Package includes full instruction that would have enabled them to spend no time or money attending a trucking school, and can in fact enable folks to get the CDL within a day or two for no more than the fee that their state or province charges for the license. Which is typically $25 or less. We make it very easy to get a CDL, and the procedure is fully legal, and universally approved. If anyone tells you that you need to spend weeks and a ton of money to get a CDL, they either are trying to con you, or they simply don't know better.

     This job can be done without a CDL, and many of the companies that build or ship vehicles weighing less than 26,000 lbs. -- which is about the weight of a Greyhound bus -- don't require them. Thousands of drivers who are legally delivering lighter-weight vehicles don't have CDLs. So if you don't have one, you can get this job without it. However, we make it so easy to obtain a CDL, we recommend that you do that to increase your versatility, and make yourself marketable to larger numbers of potential employers.

     Finally, a quick word about driving records/abstracts. Obviously, the cleaner it is, the better. But the good news is that almost no companies out there require perfection. And a minor infraction or two (such as a couple of speeding tickets where the limit wasn't too seriously violated) won't stand in the way of your getting this job. However, if you have something really serious on it within the last couple of years, you might want to wait awhile. Most companies are satisfied if they can see a record that covers the last three years. (We provide you with additional guidance in this regard, too.)