Alabama CDL Requirements: What you need to attend training and earn your CDL

by | Jan 1, 2021 | News, Truck Driving School

Are you interested in furthering your career by obtaining your commercial driver’s license? Obtaining your CDL from CDL of AL is a great way to advance your career while ensuring you have the job security you need in these uncertain times. 

If obtaining your CDL is something that interests you, keep reading to learn the basic requirements necessary to obtain your CDL so you can hit the road as soon as possible!

Alabama CDL Requirements: Let’s look at the basics

To begin the CDL process, you must have a valid US driver’s license for at least a year. You must also be able to prove that your ability to drive any form of motor vehicle is not disqualified, suspended, revoked or cancelled. We’ll also note that having a felony will not prevent you from attending training—all applications will be considered. 

Drug Screen Requirements

You will be required to pass a drug test in order to attend CDL training. The test can detect even the smallest traces of marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine, amphetamines and more. Furthermore, some employers administer random drug tests throughout the licensed driver’s employment.

DOT Medical Card

You will need a Department of Transportation medical card. You can obtain this by passing a physical exam by a licensed medical examiner. This exam may include screening of any current medications, blood pressure, blood sugar, cardiac, hearing and even sleep issues. You must also pass a vision test and a color blindness test in addition to a physical exam. 

Age Requirement

To obtain your CDL in Alabama, you must be at least 18 years old. If you intended to drive commercial vehicles across state lines or haul hazardous materials, then the age requirement increases to 21.

Necessary Documents

To get your CDL, you will need to provide certain personal documentation. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Proof of identity and U.S. legal presence
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of residency
  • Social security card
  • Driving history

These requirements may seem excessive, but they are all to ensure your safety as well as others on the road. In order to attend training, we must make sure that you’re perfectly capable of operating these large commercial vehicles, and that includes having good vision and being in good health. 

Once we confirm that you meet all of the above requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to complete your course with CDL of AL before taking both a written and skills test. Once passed, you will receive your CDL and begin your trucking career!

If obtaining your CDL is a top priority, contact us to get started today. Don’t hesitate to reach out to CDL of AL with any more questions you may have about training or the requirements for earning your CDL in Alabama.