Renew a lapsed CDL after several years?

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  1. motter28218

    motter28218 Bobtail Member

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    Hello, I searched for info on this topic but they were all for short term expired or revoked licenses.

    I haven't had a CDL for around 13yrs now, I wasn't using it and it cost more money to renew it so I let it go. I'm looking now to get back into driving, does anyone know am I back to "square one" or do I just need to take some written tests? Thanks.
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Start a new.
     
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    That's about it, right there.
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    You can do it yourself by taking all the tests at the DMV, but you'll need a truck for the road test and you can't drive it to the DMV. A licensed cdl-a driver will have to drive it there for you.
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    Attend a private cdl school.
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    Attend a trucking company cdl school.
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    Which state do you live in?
     
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  5. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Medium Load Member

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    Just tell them you've been driving a reefer and waiting to get unloaded for the last 13 years. Wouldn't shock many people.
     
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  6. motter28218

    motter28218 Bobtail Member

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    Ah. If I start all over I think I'll forget it. I live in MI.

    This only for a Class B, does that matter? (I started with B then got my A 10yrs later)

    Thanks for the replies.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Don't give up; even during a recession, there's plenty of good paying trucking jobs.
    Get the Class-A license because even some box trucks require a Class-A license.
     
  8. Colt6920

    Colt6920 Light Load Member

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    Just curious, which ones? I always thought B covers all straight box trucks, and A was just for trailers.
     
  9. Chinatown

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    Depends on length or weight. Don't know all the details.
    Some require "air brake" endorsement and some don't.
    On job ads, many box truck jobs require Class-A cdl and some will take Class-B or Non-cdl Class-C.
     
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