Oregon Trucking Schools and Programs
Getting a commercial driver’s license, or a CDL, can be a great choice if you enjoy driving interesting vehicles, operating machinery and want to improve your life with more career options. If you’re an Oregon resident interested in acquiring a CDL, here is some important information to give you an idea of what it will take.
You can get a CDL in three classes; A, B and C, which are valid for eight years. All three share some requirements and qualifications, while Class C requires more skills and documentation.
The qualifications to apply for a Class A, B or C CDL are:
- Possess or be able to qualify for a non-commercial Class C driver’s license
- Be at least 18 years old
- Complete a form 735-175 CDL application
- Provide proof of your full legal name
- Provide proof of legal residence in the U.S.
- Provide proof of your Oregon residence
- Provide proof of your Social Security number
- Pass a CDL general knowledge test
- Pass a CDL combined knowledge test (not for Classes B and C)
- Pass a pre-trip vehicle inspection test
- Pass a basic controls skills test
- Pass a behind-the-wheel driving test
- Be able to present a DOT medical certificate with waivers or exemptions as required (to prove you’re physically able to operate a commercial vehicle)
- Pay the necessary fees (which are based on the type of vehicle and license needed)
For a Class C CDL, you’ll also need to:
- Pass a passenger and/or hazardous materials endorsement knowledge test
- Pay for and pass the TSA criminal background check (if you’re getting the hazardous materials endorsement)
When using the Oregon DMV, you’ll need to bring either cash or a check, since it doesn’t take credit or debit cards. Additionally, test and licensing fees are separate. If you prefer, you may use a third-party tester for the pre-trip inspection.
The Oregon DMV site allows you to download the 124 page CDL manual, in addition to an audio version. There are also trucking companies that provide free CDL practice tests. While certain criminal convictions may not disqualify you from getting a CDL, you may find it difficult getting hired, because every company is different. Some companies have waiting periods before they’ll hire you, depending on the offense.
A Truck Driving School IITR
15828 Southeast 114th Ave.
Clackamas, OR 97015
Clear Lake Truck Driving School
29772 Clear Lake Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402
Commercial Driver Training
2416 N. Marine Dr. Ste 213
Portland, OR 97217
Mobile Training Services of America
48019 Hwy 58
Oakridge, OR 97463
Rogue Community College
8495 Crater Lake Hwy Bldg #40
White City, OR 97503
Stateline Trucking School
456 E. Gladys St.
Hermiston, OR 97838
U. S. Truck Driving School
1960 NW Marine Dr.
Troutdale, OR 97060
Western Truck School
2548 Shasta Way
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Western Truck School
8145 SE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97266