Florida CDL License Requirements
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To drive a commercial vehicle in Florida, you must first obtain a Florida commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses may vary slightly from state to state, Florida categorizes commercial vehicles as follows:
- Class A: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds that tow trailers or other vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds
- Class B: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds and tow trailers or vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds
- Class C: Operate vehicles that may transport 16 or more people or vehicles that transport hazardous materials
To obtain a Florida CDL, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Florida drivers' license and obtain a medical certificate. Transportation of cargo across state lines is regulated by the federal government and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). USDOT requires all drivers who transport materials across state lines to be at least 21 years old. CDL applicants must then pass a written knowledge exam and a three part skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test and an on-road driving exam. The State of Florida requires that you test in a vehicle that matches the class of CDL you are trying to obtain--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/FL_Florida_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. To transport hazardous materials, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check (also known as a Hazmat endorsement) is required. Florida truck driving schools may provide you with the training and on-road driving experience needed to pass the CDL exams.
Resources for Florida CDL Requirements
Visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website for more information.
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Truck Driver Salary in Florida
|Location||25th Percentile||75th Percentile||Annual Salary|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||$28,960||$37,130||$33,550|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL||$26,440||$38,350||$30,220|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL||$26,530||$40,180||$30,780|
|Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division||$29,240||$43,760||$36,590|
|Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL||$27,240||$38,460||$32,690|
|Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division||$28,580||$43,420||$35,310|
|Naples-Marco Island, FL||$28,010||$38,680||$33,630|
|North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL||$28,660||$42,970||$34,440|
|Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL||$28,570||$40,810||$34,380|
|Palm Coast, FL||$21,750||$29,080||$24,500|
|Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL||$23,480||$37,060||$30,650|
|Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL||$26,670||$42,320||$30,800|
|Port St. Lucie, FL||$29,380||$44,820||$36,450|
|Punta Gorda, FL||$28,070||$37,560||$32,770|
|Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL||$22,790||$34,900||$28,180|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL||$28,920||$45,670||$35,880|
|West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division||$27,490||$43,700||$33,860|
Table data taken from 2015 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes533032.htm)