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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

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: 

  • Tractor-trailers
  • Truck and trailer combinations
  • Tanker trailers
  • Box trailers
  • Flatbeds
Class B

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
CDL Endorsments

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)
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Basic Requirements

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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. 

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You’ll need to earn your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

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Physical Condition

You will need to pass a DOT physical examination at least every two years.

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You will need to adhere to U.S. Department of Transportation rules.

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Substance Abuse

You’ll be tested for drugs and alcohol before you’re hired, and at random. 

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Criminal/Driving Record

You will need to have a fairly clean driving record, and cannot have been convicted of a federal offense.

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