Truck Driver Qualifications
There aren’t too many reasons you shouldn’t explore the world of truck driving, but there are definitely some requirements you’ll want to look at before you fully dive in.
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Scroll through the page to see the requirements for becoming a commercial truck driver in the state of MN. If you’re all good to go, let’s get you started!
Class A CDLs allow you to operate a combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, and for vehicles being towed with a GVWR in excess of 10,000 pounds. Class A CDLs cover:
- Truck and trailer combinations
- Tanker trailers
- Box trailers
Class B licenses let you operate a single unit vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or vehicles that will tow with a GVWR NOT in excess of 10,000 pounds. These may include:
- Straight trucks
- Dump trucks
- Box trucks
- Likely any of these towing a trailer
For specialized freight, specific vehicles/trailers, or when passengers are involved, you may need some additional endorsements:
- Hazardous Materials (H)
- Tank Vehicle (N)
- Passenger (Bus) Vehicle (P)
- School Bus carrying over 15 passengers (S)
- Double/Triple Trailer (T)
- Combination Tank Hazardous Materials (X)
You must be 16 or older to drive within the state of Minnesota, and 21 or older to cross into another state with your truck and trailer.
You’ll need to earn your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
You will need to pass a DOT physical examination at least every two years.
You will need to adhere to U.S. Department of Transportation rules.
You’ll be tested for drugs and alcohol before you’re hired, and at random.
You will need to have a fairly clean driving record, and cannot have been convicted of a federal offense.
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Regional Truck Driver
$55,000 - $64,900
$63,000 - $75,000
$41,300 - $402,000
Operations / IT / Support
$46,200 - $135,000