CDL stands for a Commercial Driver License. The initial criterion to get a CDL in Arkansas is that you must be at least 18-years of age. If you are between 18 and 21-years-old your CDL will entitle you to drive the category of vehicle for which the license is valid, but only within the State of Arkansas. To cross the state border and drive a commercial vehicle anywhere in the United States you will have to be at least 21-years-old.
The first step in getting a CDL in Arkansas is to join a truck driving school which will provide the classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel experience to prepare you for the CDL test. The CDL test is in two parts – written and a driving test.
The CDL test is conducted by the State Police at different CDL testing locations across Arkansas. The information portal will also provide you all details about test centers, timings and dates when tests are conducted.
If you are planning on getting a CDL you should first decide which category of vehicle you plan to drive. There are three categories of CDLs which cover different types of commercial vehicles. If you plan to drive specialized vehicles such as school buses, or transport hazardous materials, you will have to get appropriate endorsements. This will mean you will have to pass endorsement exams. A CDL manual will detail the full list of endorsements. If you have no specific job in mind, it’s a good idea to get as many endorsements as you can which will improve your employability as a commercial driver.
The best way of earning your CDL is to join an Arkansas truck driving school. Arkansas is said to have some of the best trucking schools in the country. You are assured of getting just the right type of classroom and practical training required to pass your CDL exams and earn your license.
If you need more information on how to get your CDL in Arkansas, call us at 1-800-TRUCKER (1-800-878-2537) and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.