First things first: you should know about the minimum requirements. The minimum Requirements required by the state of Georgia: Minimum age of 18, Valid Georgia driver's license, Ability to pass DOT physical, drug screen, and alcohol test. Although you may obtain your drug screen and physical elsewhere, you may elect to have these 2 items performed at Daly's, as we arrange for these to be are administered by a registered nurse. In addition to Georgia requirements, Daly's prefers a clean criminal background, and solid employment history, but each applicant is reviewed on an individual basis. Also, you must be able to read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare reports, and communicate with the public and with law enforcement.
The next steps follow this basic format:
1) Permitting: Class A drivers must pass a General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and a Combination test that you will take on a computer at a Department of Drivers Services (DDS) office. Click here to find the DDS office closest to you. Upon successful completion of the test, you will receive a permit which allows you to drive a tractor with an instructor in the the vehicle. Class B drivers must pass a general knowledge and air brakes test. View our pages on Class A and Class B training for more information on "what to expect" in your preparation for obtaining this permit. Another program covered in your classroom training that you will need to complete is the Highway Watch Certification. Upon completion, you will receive your Highway Watch® Identification Card that you will need to present to the Department of Driver Services ( DDS) when applying for your CDL.
2) Training: Although there are plenty of options for getting your commercial driver's license (CDL), Georgia's Department of Driver Services has a list of state-approved driving schools for your training, and Daly's is approved. The state of Georgia has a minimum amount of time that must be spent both "behind the wheel" and "in the classroom", and Daly's far exceeds this requirement.
3) Driving Test: The driving test will consist of 3 parts - pre-trip inspection, backing maneuvers, and actual road maneuvers. The pre-trip inspection, if taken correctly, will take about 45 minutes to an hour. The yard maneuvers will take about 45 minutes and the road maneuvers take about 30 minutes.If you pass all three parts of the test you will receive a CDL license. The training you receive at Daly's will cover this in-depth.
4) Endorsements: To be licensed for certain types of commercial vehicles, extra testing is required. If you pass, you will receive an endorsement on your CDL. There are endorsements that you may obtain. Each separate endorsement requires written tests. The passenger endorsement requires you to test in a bus. The hazardous materials endorsement requires a full background check.
T―Double/Triple Trailers (knowledge test only) P―Passenger (knowledge and skills tests) N―Tank Vehicle (knowledge test only) H―Hazardous Materials (knowledge test onlyHave more questions? Call us at (770) 614-6022, or contact us today!