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Take a drive down the PCH and listen to waves crashing along the Pacific Ocean coastline, muffled by the hustle and bustle of nonstop traffic. East to west, north to south California’s unique terrain and scenic landmarks are sure to keep any truck driver entertained.

Giant redwood trees surround the northwest side of California and provide a majestic scenic view. Snow-capped mountain peaks cause the land to quickly rise. Fertile valleys and sandy beaches can be found throughout the entire state. Dare to take a drive through Death Valley, The Mojave Desert or The Colorado Desert? Reaching temperatures as high as 130 degrees, make sure you keep water in the cab.

If your route takes you to San Francisco be sure to take in the sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, the entry point to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. If you’re heading south to Palm Springs, don’t miss the 30-foot-tall T-rex and Apatosaurus towering over the I-10 heading,  advertising the World’s biggest dinosaur museum.

Looking for a quick place to eat? Grab a bite in Burbank, just one exit away off the Ventura Freeway, at the oldest Bob’s Big Boy restaurant. Try to catch the Historical Point of Interest on one of it’s busier nights like Friday for the classic car show or Saturday and Sunday for the “car hop” service. Catch the Salvation Mountain on the riverbank of Beal Road, or drive past the World’s Largest Thermometer in Baker, your trucking dreams truly have no limitations.

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At CDL Career Now, we have helped tens of thousands of individuals find quality CDL training. We are able to do this because we have a relationship with schools all over the nation, including top truck driving schools in California. These schools will give you the CDL training you need and, if you qualify, job placement assistance.

Fill out the form and let CDL Career Now connect you with the top programs in your area. Don’t get stuck in rush-hour, make the right turn. Start your trucking career today!

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State of California CDL Requirements

California residents looking to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) are required to:

  • Be 21 years of age to drive commercial vehicles for hire outside of California, or 18 years of age to drive for hire within California
  • Complete a CDL Application form (DL 44C). To obtain this form by mail, call DMV’s automated phone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-777-0133.
  • Complete a 10 Year History Record Check form (DL 939) if you have been issued a driver license in the same or different name to operate any type of motor vehicle in another state or other jurisdiction within the previous ten years.

Federal regulations require a person who is applying for a California CDL with an original Hazardous Materials (HazMat) endorsement to undergo a security threat assessment. The USA Patriot Act requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to complete a security threat assessment (background records check) before the Department of Motor Vehicles will issue a HazMat endorsement to any applicant.

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