Getting a CDL Drivers license can be a huge boost to your career in many ways. The demand for CDL drivers is every increasing as more goods are delivered every day. In addition to the commercial aspect, CDL’s are required for some recreational vehicles as well as school bus driving. Getting a CDL can be a little confusing in the state of NJ, but with some basic knowledge you can get your CL done and more importantly keep it!
To get your CDL in NJ, you must meet the following requirements. You must be at least 18 years of age. You must already have obtained a New Jersey Driver’s license class D. You must have good vision, at least 20/40 in each eye. This vision can be with corrective lenses. In addition to these requirements, a CDL physical must be obtained by a certified medical examiner in NJ. The certified medical examiner can be a medical doctor, chiropractor or other specialty. However, they must be willing to perform the CDL Physical, have the specific equipment needed, i.e. urinalysis, blood pressure, etc, and have the proper certifications to perform. It can be difficult to find a qualified physician.
Next, of course in NJ, is costs, the 4 year CDL is $42 and $2 for each endorsement. The permit fee includes payment for medical exam form review, background check results and data exchange in federal driver monitoring systems. Please note that findings during a medical or background check can lead to commercial license disqualification. There are no refunds if you are disqualified.
To obtain the license after these steps, you must study ahead by reading the CDL manual. This is located at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website. You must then go to the your local MVC Agency, pass the 6 point verification system and present your social security card for the initial permit.
There are some exemption to obtaining a CDL Permit. These include: taxi-drivers, firefighters, rescue squad or first aid squad, farmers hauling their own products within 150 miles of home, operator of military equipment, operators of construction equipment, and operators of recreational vehicles for personal use.
As you can see, there are some proper steps to obtaining your CDL license in the state of NJ. But with some proper preparation and some knowledge, you can be on the road in no time!