FAQ

How much does it cost to get a Colorado CDL?

  • Permit $14.00
  • Skills testing $225.00 (In your vehicle)
  • CDL licensing $28.00
  • DOT physical (Varies) Approx. $65.00

Approx. Total $ 332.00

Understand these costs are approximate and may vary depending on your individual circumstances and needs.

How do I get my CDL?

Pass your knowledge tests at your local Department of revenue, receive a Permit, schedule a skills test with your local Third Party Testing facility. (Colorado CDL Testing)  Take your certificate back to the DMV to get your CDL.

How long will it take to obtain a CDL?

The skills portion of the testing takes approximately 2 hours.

If you plan to attend a qualified CDL training program you can expect to invest Approx. 2-3 three weeks.

Do I need to attend a driver training school?

Although formal training is not required to obtain a CDL, training is highly recommended.  Many employers will not consider you unless you have obtained proper training through a certified school.   These training programs also specialize in teaching potential truck drivers the necessary skills and knowledge to properly and safely operate a truck.  The overall purpose of these training schools is to help truckers not only pass the CDL knowledge and skills tests, but also to have safe and secure driving techniques.  We Recommend Springs Truck Driving School.

What kind of job could I get with a CDL?

The possibilities are endless today, Local delivery Drivers, Over the road drivers, regional drivers, Dump truck, Trash trucks, Fueling tankers, Oil field industry, Construction industry, Transportation industry- School bus and Passenger bus , Medical delivery Services.

What’s the difference between CDL Types (Class Definitions)?

Class A CDL, Any combination of vehicles with a gross Vehicle weight rating of 26,001 lbs or more providing the GVWR of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Class B, CDL Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more Lbs, of any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 LBS, GVWR

Do I need to have my own truck for the Road Test?

You need to have a vehicle representative to the type of vehicle class you plan to operate.  If you do not have one, you can rent one from us.

How much can I make as a driver with CDL?

That’s the number one question we get asked, but the answer has a number of variables. A LOT of variables, actually! Driving a truck is much like any other profession – entry level positions start lower on the pay scale, and more experienced workers earn more. Whether you plan to stick it out and earn more, is up to you. The good news for truckers is that unlike most jobs, it only takes a driver a few years to earn as much as many other drivers with more seniority.  So how much? Do truck drivers make a good living? Let’s explore career options.  Do you want to work long-haul or regionally?  Do you want to be a local driver or perhaps in the oilfield?  Do you want to become an owner-operator or an independent contractor?  What do you want to haul?  Answers to these questions will determine how much a truck driver can expect to make.

 

Take a look at the average truck driver salaries per specialty. Chart courtesy of Indeed.com.

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