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What requirements do truck drivers have to meet to get a license?

Being a truck driver is a huge responsibility. You are the largest vehicles on the roadway, so you need to drive carefully and safely to protect yourself and everyone else on Washington roads with you. There is a process for getting a license to drive a large truck. You must obtain a commercial driver's license, which has some set requirements.

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, the process is similar to getting a regular driver's license in that you have to meet basic criteria, get a permit and pass a final driving test. It begins with your age. You need to be at least 18 years old to get a CDL. You also have to have a valid driver's license in the state.

If you meet these criteria, you can take the permit test. This is a knowledge test that is similar to the one you took to get your permit when you first started driving. You may also have to submit medical records, depending on the type of CDL you wish to get.

After you have your permit, you must complete training. Again, this is like driver's education you may have taken in the past, but it is mandatory for everyone getting a CDL and focuses on driving large vehicles. How much and the type of training depends on the type of CDL you wish to get. For example, for a class A, you need 160 hours of training, for a class B, you need 80 hours and for a bus, you need 30 hours of training. Training courses include classroom instruction and practical behind the wheel time.

After you have completed training, you can then take the skills test, which is where you drive and do maneuvers with the person who can legally issue you a license. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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