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    Doc In The Box GSWx's Avatar
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    Alabama CDL Learners Permit

    I took the Alabama CDL Learners Permit test today. I cannot comment how it's done in other states. You will need the completed DOT physical examination form (the long form,) SSN card, and current license. This would be a good time to get your endorsements if you want those, too.

    Prior to being assigned to a computer, I was told there are 50 questions on the General Knowledge, 20 questions on Air Brakes and 25 questions on the combination tests. A passing score is 80 %, therefore, you can't miss too many questions on the air brake and combination test. You can do the math to calculate the No. of questions you can miss and still pass.

    Once my computer was assigned, I was instructed that I could skip any question on the test and move on to the next question without forfeiting the points. In other words, skipping a question will not count towards the final score. While taking the individual tests and once you reach 80% (or a passing score) you're done and move on to the next test.

    HOWEVER, if you see questions that you previously SKIPPED, that means your out of the randomly selected test pool questions. At this point you must answer the previously skipped questions and a wrong answers will count towards your final score. Sound confusing?



    The General Knowledge and Combination tests were rather easy. The Air Brakes test is more difficult because of a strong play on the answers being very similar. I suggest one dedicates additional time to the Air Brakes chapter. Read and read anew and have a good understanding of the material that is required to pass this test.

    Costs: $23.00 - just for the honor of taking the test. If You Pass all three tests, you are charged again, this time for $22.00 for a 30 day temporary license. The hard copy will be mailed to your HOME address.

    Once you get the laminated CDL Learners Permit by mail, you have one year to complete the remaining portion of the CDL process, eg., road, pre-test and skills test.

    The latest AL CDL Manual is dated December 2005, and available online in PDF format. I studied the PDF file on my computer, but it would have been better had I got off my butt and picked up a manual at the DMV. Having the CDL manual, IMHO, is easier to study than reading a PDF on a computer.

    Oh yeah, I passed and I am the proud recipient of a CDL Learners Permit.

    Oh yeah, more more thing... just because you took the CDL Learners Permit test at your local DMV does not mean you go back to the same DMV to take the skills portion of the test. Only certain DMV offices in Alabama can do the skills test.

    I hope this information may help others in Alabama who are considering taking the test and driving for Prime.

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    Good job!!! Now you just got to come n get the skills to pass the other three tests. Where did you find that pdf? I looked for it but couldn't find it. I need to get hazmat put on my CDL

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpenRoadDreamer View Post
    Good job!!! Now you just got to come n get the skills to pass the other three tests. Where did you find that pdf? I looked for it but couldn't find it. I need to get hazmat put on my CDL
    This is a direct link to begin downloading the PDF version of the AL CDL Manual. http://goo.gl/LdQRY

    I tested the url above and it works. Glad to be of service to you for once.

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    Congrats...south Carolina is a little diff theres a $15 app fee and endorsement test are $2 and you get your hard copy that day.....if you pass

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    All CDL and Bus manuals are here: http://www.cdldigest.com/cdl_manuals/

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    Quote Originally Posted by da1 View Post
    Congrats...south Carolina is a little diff theres a $15 app fee and endorsement test are $2 and you get your hard copy that day.....if you pass
    That's a great deal you have in S. Carolina. I think Texas was $70.00 when I was entertaining the thought of working for Stevens Transportation.

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    Thanks!! When I get back to SPRINGMO I'll check it out so I can get my hazmat

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSWx View Post
    That's a great deal you have in S. Carolina. I think Texas was $70.00 when I was entertaining the thought of working for Stevens Transportation.
    I know now I just need to get home so I can run by he dmv and get another license with hzmt endorsement on it...also thinking about adding tanker just to have it

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    I'm kind of surprised that all states haven't raised their driver license fees a lot. Most of them need money and we all need to drive, whether by car, motorcycle, or CMV. It seems they aren't taking "full advantage" of a pretty steady revenue stream. But of course, if you pay less than Texas, that's a good thing! Hopefully, SC won't see this post!

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    Don't start giving THEM ideas.

    Oh, on second thought... gubbermint runs on air. Just ask the politico who won't fix the goat trails they call roads.


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