How do you get an Alabama Class A CDL? We’ve got the details you need.

by | Jan 19, 2021 | News

Are you interested in getting your Class A CDL in Alabama? 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 Class A CDL is something that interests you, keep reading to learn the basic requirements necessary to obtain your CDL in Alabama.

Getting Your Class A CDL: Here’s what you need to know

What is a Class A CDL?

A Class A CDL allows drivers to operate vehicles with a GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of more than 26,000 pounds and tow trailers or other vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds. Having your Class A CDL also allows you to operate Class B, C and D vehicles as well.

Basic Requirements

Each state has different requirements for obtaining a Class A CDL, but you must have a valid U.S. driver’s license for at least a year. You must also meet the minimum age requirement of 18, though you must be 21 if you intend to transport hazardous materials or drive across state lines. You will also need proof of U.S. legal residence, residency, age and your social security card.

Attend Training

Next, you will have to attend training. CDL of AL provides the best training in the state, with a comprehensive four week training course offered. The four week course covers everything you need to obtain your Class A CDL in Alabama. 

Training is done by professional drivers and includes theory, vehicle inspection, backing maneuvers, manual or automatic transmission training, and safe road training. Lodging is even available at no additional cost for those who need it. You may even qualify for training at no cost to you. 

Pass Your Tests

Upon completion of training, two tests will be required. A written test and a skills test must be passed in order to receive your CDL Class A license. The written test is multiple choice and covers a variety of topics learned in training, and can also be found in the CDL handbook. The skills test consists of three exams and you must pass all three to obtain your CDL. The skills test includes a pre-trip inspection test, backing skills test and on-road driving test at a state CDL location such as CDL of AL.

The pre-trip inspection test is to show that you know how to properly inspect your vehicle before hitting the road. You must prove that you are able to spot any potential issues with your vehicle and know how to handle them. The basic maneuvering will have you demonstrate various types of backing up and docking or parking with your vehicle. The road and driving skills test will have you driving on public roads. 

Get Your Class A CDL in Alabama After Training with CDL of AL

CDL of Alabama offers students a unique advantage in both training and testing that helps keep your options open. CDL of AL provides experienced instructors and a variety of equipment to ensure your training is the best it can be.

We also provide manual and automatic transmission equipment, fifth wheel/combination vehicles, air brakes and more. The training course may even be free to those who qualify so call today to find out if you qualify for CDL training with CDL of AL at no cost to you. 

Job placement is also included with your training. Most students have a new job lined up upon graduating the CDL of AL training program.

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 for your CDL. We look forward to working with you.