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.

Directory of Georgia Truck Driving Schools

Acworth: Chattahoochee Technical College
Address: 5198 Ross Rd Acworth, Georgia 30102
Phone: 770-975-4000

Albany: ACE CDL Training Inc
Address: 3001 Sylvester Rd Albany, Georgia 31705
Phone: 229-903-8860

Albany: Albany Technical College
Address: 1704 S Slappey Blvd Albany, Georgia 31701
Phone: 229-430-3520

Americus: South Georgia Tech Truck Driver Training
Address: 728 Southerfield Rd Americus, Georgia 31709
Phone: 229-931-2975

Atlanta: Atlanta Truck Driving School
Address: 2251 Sylvan Rd Atlanta, Georgia 30344
Phone: 404-768-6565

Augusta: Commercial Driver Training
Address: 3301 Perkins Rd Augusta, Georgia 30906
Phone: 706-793-7060

Austell: Katlaw Corporation Inc
Address: 5000 Austell Powder Springs Rd, Ste 226 Austell, Georgia 30106
Phone: 678-945-1900

Bainbridge: Bainbridge College
Address: 2500 E Shotwell St Bainbridge, Georgia 39818
Phone: 229-248-2500

Buford: Daly's Truck Driving School
Address: 2314 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Buford, Georgia 30518
Phone: 770-614-6022

Calhoun: Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Address: 632 Richardson Rd Calhoun, Georgia 30701
Phone: 706-602-3539

Calhoun: Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Address: 1151 Hwy 53 Spur Calhoun, Georgia 30701
Phone: 706-624-1100

Carrollton: West Georgia Technical College
Address: 997 S Hwy 16 Carrollton, Georgia 30116
Phone: 770-836-6800

Cartersville: Millis Training Institute
Address: 60 Carson Loop Cartersville, Georgia 30120
Phone: 800-937-0880

Clarkesville: North Georgia Technical College
Address: 1500 Hwy 197 N Clarkesville, Georgia 30523
Phone: 706-754-7700

Clarkston: Dekalb Tech Institute
Address: 495 N Indian Creek Rd Clarkston, Georgia 30021
Phone: 404-297-9522

Conley: America's Driving Force of Georgia
Address: 4180 Moreland Ave Conley, Georgia 30288
Phone: 404-608-8608

Conley: Central Truck Driving Academy
Address: 1545 Cedar Grove Rd Conley, Georgia 30288
Phone: 404-361-9500

Convington: Atlantic CDL Training Center LLC
Address: 350 Oxford Rd Convington, Georgia 30014
Phone: 678-658-7681

Conyers: Georgia Driving Academy
Address: 1448 VFW Dr Conyers, Georgia 30012
Phone: 770-918-8501

Douglas: Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Address: 706 W Baker Hwy Douglas, Georgia 31533
Phone: 912-389-4303

Dublin: Heart of Georgia Technical College
Address: 560 Pinehill Rd Dublin, Georgia 31021
Phone: 478-274-7837

Elberton : Athens Technical College
Address: 1317 Athens Hwy Elberton , Georgia 30635
Phone: 706-355-5000

Forsyth: Truck Driver Institute
Address: 100 Industrial Park Dr Forsyth, Georgia 30129
Phone: 478-994-0035

Griffin: Southern Crescent Technical College
Address: 501 Varsity Rd Griffin, Georgia 30223
Phone: 770-228-7371

Grovetown: CSRA Transportation
Address: 5226 Wrightsboro Rd, Ste C Grovetown, Georgia 30813
Phone: 706-860-6800

Hagan : O Geechee Tech Truck Driver Training
Address: 4008 Bill Hodges Rd Hagan , Georgia 30429
Phone: 912-739-2671

Hawkinsville: Middle Georgia Technical College
Address: 243 Warner Robins Hwy Rd Hawkinsville, Georgia 31088
Phone: 478-783-3017

LaGrange: West Georgia Technical College
Address: 1 College Cir LaGrange, Georgia 30240
Phone: 706-845-4323

Louisville: Sandersville Technical College
Address: 1257 Warrior Trl Louisville, Georgia 30434
Phone: 478-625-1901

MCDonough: Alliance Training Center
Address: 324 Industrial Blvd MCDonough, Georgia 30253
Phone: 770-957-6401

Monticello: Southern Crescent Technical College
Address: 112 Industrial Park Dr Monticello, Georgia 31064
Phone: 706-468-9930

Newnan: West Georgia Technical College
Address: 160 MLK Jr Dr Newnan, Georgia 30263
Phone: 678-423-2000

Rock Spring: Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Address: PO Box 569 Rock Spring, Georgia 30739
Phone: 706-764-3510

Rockmart: Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Address: 466 Brock Rd Rockmart, Georgia 30153
Phone: 770-684-5956

Rome : Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Address: 1 Maurice Culberson Dr Rome , Georgia 30161
Phone: 706-295-6963

Sandersville: Sandersville Technical College
Address: 1678 Kaolin Rd Sandersville, Georgia 31082
Phone: 478-553-9239

Savannah: Savannah Tech Truck Driver Training
Address: 2219 Gamble Rd Savannah, Georgia 31405
Phone: 912-748-5170

Swainsboro: Southeastern Technical College
Address: 346 Kite Rd Swainsboro, Georgia 30401
Phone: 478-289-2200

Thomaston: Southern Crescent Technical College
Address: 1533 US Hwy 19 S Thomaston, Georgia 30286
Phone: 706-646-6160

Tifton: Moultrie Technical College
Address: 52 Tech Drive Tifton, Georgia 31794
Phone: 229-391-2600

Toccoa: North Georgia Technical College
Address: 8989 Hwy 17 S Toccoa, Georgia 30577
Phone: 706-779-8100

Tunnel Hill: Great Southern Commercial Driving School
Address: 329 Cottonwood Mill Rd Tunnel Hill, Georgia 30755
Phone: 706-673-1992

Valdosta: Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Address: 4089 Val Tech Rd Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Phone: 229-333-2100

Vidalia: Southeastern Technical College
Address: 1400 Harris Industrial Blvd Vidalia, Georgia 30474
Phone: 912-537-0064

Waco: West Georgia Technical College
Address: 176 Murphy Campus Blvd Waco, Georgia 30182
Phone: 770-537-6000

Warner Robbins: Middle Georgia Technical College
Address: 80 Cohen Walker Dr Warner Robbins, Georgia 31088
Phone: 478-988-6800

Waycross: Okefenokee Technical College
Address: 1701 Carswell Ave Waycross, Georgia 31503
Phone: 912-287-6584

West Baxley: Altamaha Tech
Address: 1334 Gold Isle West Baxley, Georgia 31513
Phone: 912-367-1719

Winder: CDL of GA LLC
Address: 846 Jefferson Hwy Winder, Georgia 30680
Phone: 770-868-0021

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