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What are the federal requirements for commercial truck licenses?

January 13, 2016

Kentucky truck drivers and other operators of commercial vehicles (buses, taxis, etc.) are held to a different standard than drivers of personal vehicles. It is therefore important for you to be aware of the regulations and standards that you will be held up to if you become a commercial truck driver.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlines the requirements necessary to obtain a commercial driver’s license. The purpose of this outline is to help you avoid accidents, injuries and fatalities by allowing you to show that you have safe driving habits. For example, one requirement is that you notify your employer about certain convictions you may have that are related to traffic incidents. You must also provide any previous employment information, as many employers will use that to check work ethic.

If you have a suspended license, you will be unable to drive a commercial truck. Likewise, you may face either penalties or disqualification from the job if you are convicted of any serious traffic offenses or other criminal issues. Revocations, suspensions and cancellations of some driving privileges may also occur if you are saddled with any of these convictions.

Additionally, you will need to provide up-to-date licensing and registration papers. You will also be required to take a knowledge and skills test in order to prove that you will be capable of operating the vehicle. There are federal standards that must be met in order for you to pass your test.

Of course, once you apply for the job, you will be given a more detailed list of the requirements that you must fulfill. However, it may help you prepare yourself if you are able to go in with this knowledge.