The following are the general requirements a person must meet in order to apply for a Commercial Driver License.
The driver must reside in the state of Texas. He must certify that he meets the qualification requirements of 49 CFR, Part 391, which are briefly:
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- The driver must reside in the state of Texas.
- The driver must be at least 18 years of age.
- English language is not required.
- Intrastate drivers must meet all of the fitness requirements listed above for interstate drivers
- A driver who operates a commercial motor vehicle in intrastate commerce, not transporting property requiring a hazardous material placard, and was regularly employed in Texas in intrastate commerce prior to August 28, 1989. (CDL must be restricted to intrastate).
- School bus drivers employed by a private or parochial school and school bus drivers employed by a company that operates school busses under contract with a school while transporting school children and/or school personnel from home to school and from school to home.
- Persons operating a vehicle for a government entity. (This includes school bus drivers employed directly by a school district).
- Persons occasionally transporting personal property not for compensation nor in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise.
- Persons transportating corpses or sick or injured people.
- Private transportation of passengers.
- Intracity zone drivers with limited exception who possess a DOT medical examiner's certificate restricted to intracity operation. (Medical certificate must be presented to a DPS employee at the time of application).
- The transportation of farm machinery, supplies, or both, to or from a farm for custom-harvesting operations on a farm or the transporting of custom-harvested operations to storage or market.
- Drivers operating motor vehicles controlled and operated by a beekeeper engaged in the seasonal transportation of bees.
- The operation of a vehicle in intrastate operations used in oil or water well servicing or oil or water well drilling and which is constructed as a machine, consisting, in general, of a mast, an engine for power, a draw works, and a chassis permanently constructed or assembled for such purpose. (CDL must be restricted to intrastate).
- The operation of a mobile crane that is an unladen selfpropelled vehicle constructed as a machine
used to raise, shift, or lower weights. (CDL must be restricted to intrastate).
Study the following sections in the Texas CDL Handbook:
- General Knowledge -- Sections 1-3
- Air Brakes -- Section 5
- Combination Vehicles -- Section 6
- Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection -- Section 11
- Special Requirements -- Section 14