General Questions about California DMV Requirements.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by FijiIndianBoy, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. FijiIndianBoy

    FijiIndianBoy Bobtail Member

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    I am located in Montclair. Pretty much between Pomona, Ontario, and San Bernardino.
     
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  3. Quickfarms

    Quickfarms Heavy Load Member

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    Just go to Dootson in arcadia.

    Good luck on getting a job due to insurance costs, you might end up being the yard dog
     
  4. RANGER68

    RANGER68 Bobtail Member

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    The school I went to is in San Bernardino pretty good one..
     
  5. FijiIndianBoy

    FijiIndianBoy Bobtail Member

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  6. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

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    common knowledge, combination, and airbrakes are the test you "have" to take. if you dont get the airbrake endorsement, you'll be restricted which means you wont drive semi combo's since they air airbrakes. same with taking driving test with auto... restricted to automatics only. if you're confident enough, take test for all the endorsents at once....same price. some reefer loads are hazmat. having all your endorsement will be better for you in the longrun. gives you more option on where to work. good luck. i'm not sure on age requirements, so hopefully someone else more knowledgable than me can give you that info
     
  7. FijiIndianBoy

    FijiIndianBoy Bobtail Member

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    Sorry to bring this thread up again, but I have few more questions. I plan on going to the DMV sometime next month to take my written test. Been holding it off do to financial problems.

    1.) What paperworks or documents do I need to have?

    2.) Should I get my physical done before I go get my permit?

    3.) Should I get hazmat and tankers or should I wait until I'm 21? Will I even be allowed to get those or is there a age restriction? If so, will those restrictions be taken off for free (along with the intrastate), once I turn 21?

    Also, I've been struggling with the book. I'm not much of a reader (especially if I have to jump from one page to another and back and forth), but I've watched tons of PTI videos on YouTube. Of course every truck and videos are different.

    So with that being said, I would like to know what are the major key points I must demonstrate to the instructor when doing the outside portion of the PTI; mainly the truck and its parts? I do not think I will be able to remember everything all at once (especially with such pressure), so please list the ones that I must know about in order to get a passing score?

    Keep an eye out for another thread regarding the practice test. Should be up within 24 hours.

    Thank you.
     
  8. RANGER68

    RANGER68 Bobtail Member

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    I've recently acquired my CA CDL
    -Did my Medical exam before applying to DMV
    -Read DMV CDL manual twice and took test
    General knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles and Passenger Endorsement ( Failed Combination Vehicles test and took it again right away and passed it 2nd time)
    - Attended Interestate 215 trucking school on weekends for a month and took driving test (passed 1st time)
    - Attended Dootson School of trucking for a couple of weekends to take Passenger Endorsement (passed 1st time)
    All I can tell you is all about how bad do you want it. Schools would prepare you and direct you on how to pass the tests. One thing is for sure you have to study on your own besides the hours of practice that you do while on Schools.
    Lots of hours reading CDL manual, downloaded and bought CA CDL app on to my cell, and watched youtube videos over and over again.
     
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