Colorado CDL License Requirements
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To start your truck driving career in Colorado, you may first require a Colorado commercial driver's license (CDL). In Colorado, a CDL is required to drive the following types of commercial vehicles:
- Class A: Truck or vehicle combination weighing over 26,001 pounds that is towing a vehicle over 10,000 pounds
- Class B: Truck or bus that weighs more than 26,001 pounds
- Class C: Vehicles requiring a hazardous materials placard, or ones that carry over 16 people (including the driver) but weigh less than 26,001 pounds
According to Colorado CDL requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years old, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates the transportation of cargo between states. USDOT requires all drivers who transport materials across state lines to be at least 21 years old. Applicants then need to take a general knowledge exam and a skills test. The three part skills test includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic vehicle control test, and an on-road driving test. The State of Colorado requires that applicants test in the class of vehicle for which they are trying to obtain a CDL--for example, you must test in a Class A vehicle if you wish to obtain a Class A CDL. Ref.: http://www.dmv-department-of-motor-vehicles.com/CO_Colorado_dmv_department_of_motor_vehicles.htm
Additional qualifications in the form of endorsements may be needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus. Endorsements may also be needed to transport hazardous materials or to transport passengers. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be needed to transport hazardous materials (Hazmat endorsement). A truck driving school may provide the education and on-road training needed to pass the CDL requirements in Colorado.
Resources for Colorado CDL Requirements
Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles website for more information.
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Truck Driver Salary in Colorado
|Location||25th Percentile||75th Percentile||Annual Salary|
|Colorado Springs, CO||$33,820||$46,740||$39,430|
|Fort Collins-Loveland, CO||$23,960||$44,900||$38,950|
|Grand Junction, CO||$33,530||$53,280||$44,280|
Table data taken from 2015 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes533032.htm)