The Licensing Requirements for a Car Hauler

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Car haulers are both trucks that transport cars and commercial drivers who drive the transport trucks. Car haulers deliver consumer vehicles, often as many as a dozen at a time, to car dealerships and other sites. Driving a vehicle as heavy and complicated as a car hauler is very different from driving a normal automobile, and car haulers must obtain commercial driver's licenses to work legally. Different states may have slightly different licensing requirements, though the federal government does set certain guidelines.

Clean Driving Record

A clean driving record ,free of major infractions such as DUI and excessive speeding offenses, is required for a driver to obtain a CDL. When you apply for a CDL, the clerk will examine a national database that keeps a driving record of every single driver in the country to make sure you are fit for the job. Your application will be rejected if you have a suspended or revoked license in another state, regardless of the type of driver's license you hold. You may not hold more than one CDL at a given time.

Written Test

Car haulers applying for commercial driver's licenses must pass a written test. Each state's written test is different. This test measures your knowledge of traffic laws and good driving practices. A free study guide is usually available through your state’s department of motor vehicles; some may be downloaded online.

Driving Test

Car haulers must pass their states' CDL driving test. Candidates must demonstrate to a DMV representative their ability to operate large, oversize vehicles. CDL testing usually takes place on-site at the DMV or at a predesignated off-site location.

Age

Car haulers applying for CDLs must be at least 18 years old if driving the vehicle within state borders or 21 years old if driving across state lines, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Physical Qualifications

Driving a commercial vehicle like a car hauler is a big responsibility, and license applicants must fulfill certain physical requirements. Applicants need at least 20/40 vision with corrective lenses, a 70-degree field of vision in each eye, and sound hearing. Colorblind applicants or those who cannot distinguish traffic lights for whatever reason will be rejected. Normal blood pressure and normal use of arms and legs are required. Applicants cannot be diabetic or epileptic, for safety reasons. CDL holders must submit to physical examination every two years in order to maintain the license.

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Charlie Higgins is journalist, editor and translator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has written for a variety of lifestyle and niche market websites, including International Food Trader, The Olive Oil Times, microDINERO, Sounds and Colours, Connecting Worlds and The Buenos Aires Reader.

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