Georgia CDL License Requirements

To become a truck driver in Georgia, you must first obtain a Georgia commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses may vary from state to state, Georgia classifies commercial vehicles that require a CDL to drive 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

According to Georgia CDL requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Georgia driver's license, 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 practical skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection and an on-road driving test. For the driving test, applicants must use a vehicle in the same class for which they are trying to obtain a CDL license--for example, if you wish to obtain a Class B CDL, you must test in a Class B vehicle.

Additional knowledge and skills tests may be required depending on the endorsements you need. For example, endorsements may be needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker or a school bus. They may also be needed to transport passengers or to haul hazardous materials. To transport hazardous materials (also referred to as a Hazmat endorsement), a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check may be required. Truck driving schools may provide the training and education needed to pass the CDL requirements in Georgia.

Resources for Georgia CDL Requirements

Visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services website for more information.

Learn more about Georgia trucking schools.

Truck Driver Salary in Georgia

Location 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Annual Salary
United States $31,270 $48,330 $38,700
Georgia $30,500 $49,860 $39,240
Albany, GA $25,800 $43,830 $30,630
Athens-Clarke County, GA $26,460 $51,790 $34,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA $33,470 $52,140 $41,970
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC $30,630 $50,040 $37,860
Brunswick, GA $34,280 $68,930 $61,060
Columbus, GA-AL $25,000 $38,620 $28,550
Dalton, GA $31,890 $40,790 $35,700
Gainesville, GA $34,920 $55,310 $48,480
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA $26,910 $42,920 $30,370
Macon, GA $27,420 $43,390 $34,980
Rome, GA $25,350 $32,600 $28,300
Savannah, GA $30,930 $46,200 $36,240
Valdosta, GA $26,950 $52,960 $38,750
Warner Robins, GA $21,900 $43,040 $28,690

Table data taken from 2015 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes533032.htm)