Endorsements before vs after Obtaining CDL (California)?

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by EphTrucker, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. EphTrucker

    EphTrucker Light Load Member

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    Yeah coming back on the 10 from east coast, saw alot of cab trucks and discovered they are line haul out of so cal. Thats what I want eventually, but the good linehaul want 1 year OTR, so thats what it looks likeI will be striving for
     
  2. Chinatown

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    Old Dominion Freight Lines hires new cdl grads, but their picky about which school you graduate from. Do 6 months somewhere and then apply with them.
    Here's a couple that might hire you as soon as you get your cdl to pull doubles or singles in a day cab:
    Mountain Valley Express
    Wildwood Express
    Here's a Wildwood Express truck:
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  3. EphTrucker

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    Chinatown, I called Old Dominion yesterday both their NC corporate and a local terminal. They are promoting their loading dock to driver, and did not give me any info on which CDL school they might take someone directly from. I live in California and am able to attend anywhere in the state. For example, I looked at Alliance school but found out they were under serious federal investigation. Are there a few independent (ie, not part a trucking company) trucking companies you might guess a quality trucking company such as Old Dominion might hire CDL grads directly from?
    Even if not, your previous post sounds like a viable alternative.
     
  4. SplashDogs

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    Interesting thread. I just enrolled in cdl school and I’m going for my permit on Wednesday. I was also told that sometimes it’s better to wait to get your endorsements until after you’ve gotten your CDL (for the same reasons that were mentioned to you).. I’m interested to read everyone’s opinion on this.
     
  5. IluvCATS

    IluvCATS Road Train Member

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    Well since you are female and have a cute avatar, I expect about 50 normally grumpy drivers to trip over themselves rushing to cheerfully help you. :)
     
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  6. SplashDogs

    SplashDogs Light Load Member

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    Lol is that all it takes to get some help around here? ;-)

    You have a pretty cute avatar yourself. :)
     
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  7. bigkev1115

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    I would go ahead and get the TSA Background Check BEFORE you go get your CDL, so once you go take your CDL test, you have the TSA letter in hand and you can add Hazmat to your CDL and have TWIC if applicable, all at once. Keep in mind, you re going to be looking at close to $200 or more for CDL with Hazmat and background check
     
  8. MarkH129

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    I just did my CDL driving test last week. I did all of the endorsements before taking the driving test which is recommended by most people. The only difference in the driving test was that I had to come to a complete stop before the level (rail road) crossing. That's it. There were no differences in the drive test other than that. Get your endorsements done first so they show up on your hard card. I also did my TWIC before I did my CDL written test, it was $125 for 5 years but you do get a break on the Hazmat fee as that was only $67 vs $85 if you don't already have TWIC. The approval came back in a week to and I didn't have to get re-finger printed for the Hazmat. Good luck.
     
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    MarkH129 Bobtail Member

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    Oh, and another thing... the fee for the CDL was only $73 with all endorsements including Hazmat, there is an extra fee on top of that that you go online to fill out the forms and pay directly to the Gov't. though. That's where you pay the extra $67 or $85 if you do not have TWIC.

    Hey Chinatown, thanks for you earlier help. I have a start date with Schneider on the 6th of Feb. Looking forward to that.
     
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  10. EphTrucker

    EphTrucker Light Load Member

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    sounds like you passed the skills test, congrats
     
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