|This book measures 5X7 inches and contains all the information a perspective CDL driver needed to obtain their license in 1992 .
Last week, I was going through some old boxes when I stumbled upon an old “Truck Driver’s Handbook” from 1992.
I drove for a private carrier many years ago and it was my responsibility to train any new drivers they brought on board. I used this driver’s training manual which was published from the Division of Motor Vehicles for the state of North Carolina. The entire book is a total of 27 pages. I did a bit of research online to see what has changed in regards to obtaining a CDL in North Carolina. What I found was that today it’s still possible to get a CDL by studying your state manual and making a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to take a test. A 1.5 hour written test is necessary with a passing score of 80% and a driving test is also required. You must bring your medical card and the results of a drug test to the testing site.
If you want to obtain a CDL license in North Carolina, you’ll need to follow this 10 step process.
1. Obtain and review the commercial driver’s license manual and user guide. The state manual is available online or from your local DMV office.
2. Choose the type of commercial driver’s license you need based on the type of vehicle you will be driving. If the vehicle you will be driving involves a trailer weighing more than 10,000 lbs. you will need a class A. If you only plan on driving a straight truck, with a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,001 lbs. you’ll only need a class B license. You can also obtain a learners permit. If you have a permit you are required to have a CDL holding passenger sitting next to you each time you drive. A permit is only valid for 6 months.
3. Bring a document that proves your place of residence.
4. Bring 2 pieces of documentation that confirm your identity and age.
5. Bring a document that proves you carry liability insurance for the vehicle you plan on driving.
6. Certify or confirm with NC DOT that you have a clean driving record.
7. Bring your United States Department of Transportation (DOT) medical card.
8. Take the written knowledge test at any full service driver’s license NCDOT location.
9. Take the driving skills test after you pass the knowledge test. The driving skill test will include an inspection of the vehicle you plan to drive, basic vehicle control skills, such as: making turns or backing up, and a complete road –driving test.
10. Pay the applicable fees to receive your commercial driver’s license. The application fee will cost $30.00 and the license fee will cost $15.00 per year.
There is much discussion and writing on the subject of driver training. I remember when I was getting my CDL license that my training only lasted a couple of days. Today, there seems to be more training with various carriers than when I began driving. The actual requirements to get a CDL are quite minimal and in fact always were. I applaud the carriers who conduct ongoing training after an individual receives their CDL. This training is a finishing school and is well beyond the requirements of the DOT. In reality, there is more training today than when I received my CDL.