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Alabama Trucker
Qualifications and Regulations

Alabama Trucker Qualifications

  • First-time commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants must complete a series of state-administered written skills tests to receive a permit.
  • Skills tests cover information on general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles.
  • CDL endorsements allow drivers to operate vehicles with special characteristics.
  • For example, drivers may pass a written exam to receive an endorsement that allows them to transport hazardous materials.

Requirements for a Commercial Driver's License

  • To receive full CDL certification, a driver with a permit (and ideally, some CDL endorsements) must complete a 3-part exam.
  • The first part of the exam is a pre-trip inspection test.
  • The second part of the exam is a basic control skills test.
  • The third part of the exam is an on-road skills test at a state CDL testing location.
  • Once the skills test has been passed, the driver can be given a CDL from the state of Alabama.

Alabama Truck Driver Regulations

  • To qualify for a CDL, drivers must be at least 18 years of age to work within state lines.
  • To operate vehicles across state lines, to transport hazardous materials, or to operate a vehicle with double or triple trailers, drivers with CDL’s must be at least 21 years of age.
  • In Alabama, a CDL is needed to operate Class A, Class B, and Class C vehicles.
  • The Class A rating applies to vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of more than 26,000 pounds, and a gross vehicle weight rating (GCVR) of more than 10,000 pounds.
  • The Class B rating applies to vehicles with a GCWR of more than 26,000 pounds, but the vehicle being towed must not be more than 10,000 pounds.
  • The Class C rating applies to vehicles designed to transport 16 or more people, or to vehicles designed to transport hazardous waste.