DOT Requirements for Truck Drivers
Guidelines and Requirements All Truck Drivers Must Know
The Department of Transportation lays out several rules that must be followed by all truckers at all times. You need to meet these DOT requirements in order to be licensed as a professional truck driver.
If you have questions about meeting any of these requirements, talk to one of our Education Consultants by calling us at 844.9TRUCKIN or filling out the form on this page.
The Department of Transportation CDL Requirements
- Be 21 years of age before residency completion.
- Read and speak the English language well enough to converse with general public, to understand traffic signals, to respond to official inquiries and to make entries on reports and records.
- Have no current suspended driver's license in any state, nor any unpaid traffic tickets in any state.
- Not have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs; leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in serious injury or death; or any felony offense involving the use of a motor vehicle within the last year for a first conviction or the last three years for a second conviction. (Company requirements may vary.)
- Have no loss of foot, hand, or arm, unless a waiver has been granted pursuant to FMC5R 391.49.
- Have no impairment of hand or finger, which interferes with pretension or power grasping.
- Have no defects in arms, foot or leg, which interferes with the ability to perform normal tasks associated with operating a motor vehicle.
- Have no current history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes requiring insulin.
- Have no current clinical diagnosis of heart disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse or congestive heart failure.
- Have no history or clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure or must be controlled by medication.
- Have no respiratory dysfunction.
- Have no clinical diagnosis of epilepsy.
- Have acceptable eye and hearing acuity. Vision must be correctable to 20/40 for both eyes.
- Have no clinical diagnosis for nervous, mental or psychiatric disorder.
- Not use any narcotic or habit-forming drugs of any type.
- Have no clinical diagnosis of alcoholism.
- Have no rheumatic, arthritic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular or vascular disease, which interferes with the ability to control and operate a motor vehicle safely.
- Have no more than two moving violations in the last year or four in the past five years.
- Hold no more than one valid driver's license.
- Be able to pass DOT Physical Examination.
For information about DOT and FMCSA requirements, please visit their website.
Requirements for Licensing and DOT Physical
As part of the admissions requirements at International Schools, you will be required to take your DOT Physical Exam and Drug Screen. The cost of the DOT Physical and Drug Screen, CDL Permit and CDL License are included as part of your International Schools tuition.
In order to complete your licensing, you will need to have the following:
- Valid driver's license
- Photo I.D.
- Social Security Card
- No outstanding tickets or warrants
Talk to one of our Education Consultants if you have questions about any of these DOT requirements, concerns about paying for CDL training or want to learn more about becoming a truck driver. Call us at 844.9TRUCKIN or fill out the form on this page to get started.