Maryland Trucking Schools

Maryland is home to many large companies and as a result, you will find many truck driving careers in Maryland. You can choose which industry to work in once you get your commercial driver’s license.

Basic requirements for a Maryland CDL certification are as follows:

    • You must be 21 to drive a commercial vehicle beyond the borders of Maryland. Those between 18 and 21 are limited to trying for an intrastate license only.
    • You will need to be at least 21 years of age to acquire a hazardous materials endorsement.
    • Pass a Department of Transportation physical and provide the examiner with the report or card. You can also request a medical waiver in some instances.
    • Own a standard class driver license.
    • Proof of citizenship

A Maryland CDL test can be an extensive ordeal, so prepare at least 4 hours for the total test. It comes in a written section and then a 3-part skills test performed under professional supervision both on and off the road.

Requirements for obtaining a Commercial Drivers License or CDL vary a bit from state to state. Most of the procedure is uniform nationwide, but slight variances can sometimes be found at the state level. This information pertains to the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Administration in the state of Maryland. If you already are CDL licensed in another state and have moved to Maryland, you must visit the MVA to update your license within 30 days. The same rule applies to a CDL licensed Maryland resident who moves to a new address, even if it is still in the state.

Requirements for Obtaining a Maryland CDL Learner’s Permit

    • You must bring with you to the MVA: Proof of identity, age and Maryland residency. A birth certificate will work for identity and age and a utility bill, bank statement or major credit card bill will cover residency.
    • You must successfully pass both a knowledge and vision test.
    • You must be 18 for an Intrastate license and 21 for Interstate.
    • You must also already possess a valid regular Maryland driver’s license.
    • In some cases a valid social security card is required.
    • You will need a valid DOT physical card and waiver/exemption if applicable.

Keep in mind that if you desire to have HAZMAT endorsement, you will have to undergo a background check and fingerprinting. Each endorsement you add to your license (double/triple trailers, tanker, buses, etc.) may require more testing. Once you have received your learner’s permit, you are ready to move up to full CDL.

Testing Involved for Full CDL License

    • Written test – Very rigorous and you should study or train for it. You must score at least 80% for each general or endorsement test. Many private companies provide training and you should consider it even if you have to pay for it.
    • Skills testing – Divided into three sections which are all timed. You will have 45 minutes to complete a Pre-trip Inspection. Ten minutes will be allowed for each skill maneuver. This could be backing up to a dock or driving around cones, etc. Finally, you will need to drive around town with the examiner for 40 minutes for the on-road skills test.

Community College of Baltimore County
431 Easter Ave. 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21221

Cecil Community College Truck Driver School
1000 N. East Rd.
North East, MD 21901

Charles County CC Truck Driver Training
P. O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646

Chesapeake College
P. O. Box 8
Wye Mills, MD 21679

College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd.
La Plata, MD 20646

Diesel Institute of America
P. O. Box 69
Grantsville, MD 21536

Drive Rite Trucking School
202 Bertram Cir.
Glen Burnie, MD 21060

Dundalk Community College
2200 Broening Hwy. Ste 170
Baltimore, MD 21224

Frederick Community College
P. O. Box 541
Frederick, MD 21705

Motor Carriers Training School
3425 Dundalk Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21222

Professional Truck Driver Program
8042B Reichs Ford Rd.
Frederick, MD 21704

Southern Maryland College
8730 Mitchell Rd.
La Plata, MD 20646