Delaware Trucking Schools and Programs

Delaware is a critical state for the trucking industry. Truck drivers are often in this state due to the high commercial and industrial output of the local economy. Connecting both the New England colonies and the Southeast Coastal States – the state serves as a liaison between the two areas for freight hauling. There are many large companies throughout the state who need professional and reliable drivers.

You will need a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), in Delaware, if you plan on driving a vehicle that has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds, and the vehicle is towing a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of more than 10,000 pounds.

In order to qualify to get a commercial driver’s license you must be 18 years of age plus have at least one year of driving experience. If you get your CDL at the age of 18 you will only be allowed to drive a commercial vehicle in the state of Delaware. In order to drive throughout the United States you must be 21 and have a CDL. Also, in order to get your CDL you must not have suspensions, revocations or serious driving violations.

You must be in good health in order to get your CDL. After passing a medical examination and receiving a medical certificate from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), you can apply for your CDL. This medical certificate must be carried with you at all times.

You can apply for your CDL at a Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles office. You will have to show proof of your identity and your residence. You can bring documents such as your birth certificate, social security card, utility bill, a credit card statement, etc.

The next step is to take the written test after studying the Commercial Driver’s Manual. You may have to take additional tests depending on the endorsements you may need on your CDL. After passing the written test, the Delaware DMV will issue you a CDL Learners Permit which is valid for six months. After 10 days of receipt of your CDL Learners Permit you can then take the road skills test. You will do this at the same DMV location that you passed the written test at.

It is helpful to look at the wonderful diagrams provided in the Commercial Driver’s Manual that will give you an idea of how you will be tested during the road skills exam. Before stepping into the vehicle for the test, do a pre trip inspection. You will be tested on turning, backing, and parking, among other things. You should take the time to hone up on your driving skills during the time you are driving with your CDL Learners Permit as this will give you a better chance of passing the test.

Delaware Tech Community College
P. O. Box 610 Route 18
Georgetown, DE 19947