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Answers to all the questions you've ever had about getting your CDL, our website, and the truck driving industry are right here. If there is a question you do not see on this page, ask us on our Contact Us page. We'll get back to you ASAP.



What is cdlcollege.com?
cdlcollege.com is an online e-learning platform for CDL College, a Commercial Driving School located in Commerce City, CO. cdlcollege.com utilizes the latest e-Learning techniques to help you learn and retain the knowledge required to get your CDL and Endorsements. Our courses are simple to use and are easy to understand no matter your learning style. Each course comes with interactive quizzes to help you test and retain the knowledge you have gained. The days of reading the CDL manual are over. We take the effort out of learning with the design of our courses. Just sit back and follow along. You will gain all the knowledge required with little or no effort. Most students can take this course and pass their tests on the first try.

How long is each course?
The Class A, Class B, Class B with Passenger complete courses have over six hours of learning material.

Are the courses online, downloadable, do you send me a CD, or what?
All of our courses are taken online. They are free and you may study them anytime.

Are the courses free?
Yes, you can take the courses without having to login or signup. Enjoy.

What do I need to view your courses?
All you need is a computer with Flash installed, and an internet connection. Flash can be downloaded for free here.

I really liked your courses, how can I give positive feedback?
You can give positive feedback contacting us on our Contact Us page.


Earning your CDL FAQ

What steps are involved in getting my CDL License?
1. Pass a DOT physical to obtain your DOT Medical Card. Your regular doctor can perform a physical, or you can search for walk-in clinics in your neighborhood. Large truck stops also have doctors. After you receive your DOT Medical Card, you must carry it on your person at all times as per the law.
2. Study our (free) online courses to prepare for the written permit test at the DMV. Everything you need to know is in our online courses. You will learn and retain the knowledge easier using our courses vs. reading the state CDL manual.
3. Take the written tests at a full service Motor Vehicle office in your State. After passing the tests you will receive your CDL Permit. At this point you have completed a very large hurdle in getting your CDL. Good job.
4. Find a reputable truck driving school and get trained.
5. After training, you’ll have to to take the CDL Skills Test. This is a 3-part test: Pre-Trip Inspection, Backing Maneuvers, and a Road Test. We have courses that cover every aspect of these parts of the test. The course is included in all the complete courses and can also be purchased separately.
6. After passing the CDL Skills, take your Training Certificate to the DMV and they will issue you a new Commercial Driver License (CDL). Congratulations, you did it! Now go out there and start making some money.

What are the different classes of CDL?
Class A: GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more and the ability to tow more than 10,000 pounds
Class B: GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more but towing capacity under 10,000 pounds
Class C: GVWR under 26,001 pounds intended to carry 16 or more passengers or hazardous waste

Can I use my Class A to operate a Class B and/or Class C Vehicle?
Yes. Double check your endorsements, but you can drive a Class B and C vehicle if you have a Class A, but not the other way around.

Where can I get my DOT physical?
Almost every doctor can perform a DOT physical. If you have a doctor you like to use, start there. If you don't have a regular doctor then do a search for walk-in clinics in your neighborhood. Most large truck stops also have doctors who can perform a DOT physical.

Do I need a DOT physical card that was issued in my State in order to take the driving test?
No. As long as you have a DOT physical card and it is current and valid.


Trucking FAQ

How much money can I make as a CDL truck driver?
Local: $27k - $35K per year to start;
Regional: $40 - $65k per year to start;
OTR (Over the Road): $40k - $60`k per year to start. Owner/operators (drivers who own their truck) can earn upwards of $200,000 and more.

How many jobs are available in the CDL Truck Driving Industry?
There are approximately 2500-10,000 trucking jobs available at any given time in any state. Trucking is one of the easiest industries to start a career. Trucking also has one of the highest pay rates for entry-level experience.

Do trucking companies offer benefits?
Yes. Most trucking companies offer very good healthcare plans as well as other benefits.

What do trucking companies look for in a driver?
Clean MVR, clean history, no drugs or alcohol, proper training or experience.

How do the hours work in the trucking industry?
Local: usually work 40-60 hours in a week and home daily. Usually paid by the hour.
Regional: usually work 40-60 hours per week and have weekends off.
OTR: Paid by the mile. Typically gone 2-3 weeks at a time and receive 1 day off for each week out on the road.

How many hours a day can I drive a truck?
In accordance with Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) regulations, drivers are allowed to be on duty no more than 70 hours in eight consecutive days (10 hours driving, eight hours off).