Possible to get a US CDL??

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  1. Marmon110P

    Marmon110P Light Load Member

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    Hey guys, I'm a canuck living and working in the US on a visa right now and I'm curious if it's possible in any way shape or form to get a US CDL? I thought that I could do it by switching my CDN license to a TX regular car license and then re-upgrading to a CDL here, but they wont allow that until I can show em proof of residency, like a green card. Any ideas?
     
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  3. Sharky88

    Sharky88 Medium Load Member

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    If your here on a work visa show that to them along with your social security card. My wife had to do that before her green card was approved
     
  4. bonder45

    bonder45 Road Train Member

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    No dice, I’ve been here 3 years and you’re only allowed a us CDL with permanent residency or green card.

    I’ve tried everything.

    I currently have a Canadian CDL and Arizona Drivers license.
     
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  5. Marmon110P

    Marmon110P Light Load Member

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    Insurance rates are a killer if you have a CDN CDL here. Thats the biggest reason. I read on another page that FL will apparently do it, and my visa lawyer says that he had guys go from BC to CA and do the swap there...but I dont know all the details of that transaction.
     
  6. Marmon110P

    Marmon110P Light Load Member

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    BTW Bonder, I talked to Daniel York, awesome guy to deal with. My ins renewal from Progressive for 1 truck was going to be $102610 if you can believe that...all because of 1 bad inspection, nothing else.

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  7. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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  8. dancecanyon

    dancecanyon Light Load Member

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    I have the green card and a social and am
    Currently in Arizona. Arizona is requiring a permanent physical address so my Airbnb addresses won’t do. They also require a rewrite of the CDL test plus endorsements. Medical card and P-test. Texas was the same
    Way.

    I’m thinking to go back to New Mexico that seemed to have a straight across trade-in for my CND CDL to a NM CDL.

    I’m not sure if any companies will hire with a CND CDL and just have one drive. I had a gig with a film company out this way and when we were considering to rent from Penske a D Straight Truck, Penske was fine with my CND license.

    I haven’t checked out any formal companies yet. I don’t know where I got this idea that AZ was some laid back vacation spot. It’s a pretty serious, conservative and tight state.
     
  9. dancecanyon

    dancecanyon Light Load Member

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  10. Phenomenal

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    I am a dual citizen ( Can/US). I called Florida DOT last year becuase I am seriously considering working down there. They said they will swap my Canadian commercial license for a Florida one no problem. Now with the full mandate going into effect soon I am more than likely heading south.
    GL
     
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  11. TheStopSignGuy

    TheStopSignGuy Bobtail Member

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    Guys, please help me out here. How do I get a US work visa and/or green card? I tried googling, calling companies to sponsor and all that jazz with no luck. Can you please share your stories how you got into the US as a Canadian?
     
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