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CDL Schools in Connecticut

All truck drivers in Connecticut have a CDL, so if you also want to drive a truck, you need to learn more about getting this license.

Are you Qualified?

Before jumping into training, you should make sure you meet the requirements and see if you need the license.

In Connecticut, you need to first apply for the commercial driver’s instruction permit (CDIP) and then for a CDL.

To do this, first make sure you’re at least 18 years old, though it would be better to be 21 years old.

Being under the age of 21, you’ll be restricted from driving interstate routes or from transporting hazardous materials.

You’ll also have to prove your legal status in the USA if you’re not a citizen, and have a driving license that is valid in this state.

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Documents

If you meet all the above criteria, you must collect a series of documents.

Some of the documents include:

  • Your Social Security Card, not metal nor laminated or a very recent W-2 form
  • Self-certification with DMV in printed form, from the DMV website
  • Application for Commercial Driver’s License (DMV Form R-229a) – it has to be mailed to you
  • DMV form R-323 meeting the U.S. DOT requirements in 49 CFR 391.41-391.49 – this is a medical examination that you must pass

The medical examination can’t be older than 2 years when you apply.

Getting Your License

To get your CDL you need to attend a training school.

In fact, there are several diplomas you can get besides the commercial driver one.

One popular option is a diesel mechanic, for instance.

Depending on the certification you seek and on the school, the programs will have a different length and classroom size.

It is possible for some of the schools to offer scholarships and even help you find employment, so ask about these possibilities before you enroll.

School NameAddress
A.B. Training Center35 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385
Affordable CDL Training School532A New London Rd. Colchester, CT 06415
Allstate Commercial Driver Training School249 Pearl St, Seymour, CT 06483
East Coast Tractor Trailer School1370 Pembroke St, Bridgeport, CT 06608
East Coast Tractor Trailer School1791 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06809
Entech Advanced Energy Training10 Alcap Rdg, Cromwell, CT 06416
Lincoln Technical Institute 97 Newberry Rd, East Windsor, CT 06088
Lincoln Technical Institute200 John Downey Dr, New Britain, CT 06051,
New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS)510 Barnum Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06608
New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS)32 Field Road, Somers, CT 06071
Porter and Chester Institute1245 Dixwell Avenue Hamden, CT 06514
Porter and Chester Institute30 Waterchase Dr. Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Porter and Chester Institute670 Lordship Blvd Stratford, CT 06615
Porter and Chester Institute881 Wolcott Street Waterbury, CT 06705
Quinnipiac University275 Mount Carmel Avenue Hamden, CT 06518

When the training ends, you have to pass an exam, but you have to pay for the exam in advance.

You’ll have to pass a knowledge exam and a skills exam, and the former costs $16 and the later $30, both paid at the same time.

Which License?

There a few licenses you can get if you want to drive a truck.

They depend on the type of truck or vehicle you’ll be driving, and they’re split into classes:

Class A:

  • For a combination of vehicles that weigh 26,001 pounds or more
  • Can tow vehicles that weight 10,000 pounds or more
  • Covers vehicles from Class B, C, and D

Class B:

  • Covers single or combination vehicles
  • The single-vehicle is over 26,001 pounds
  • The towed vehicle must weigh under 10,000 pounds
  • Covers vehicles from Class C and D

Class C:

  • For buses for at least 16 passengers (including the driver) OR
  • Vehicles designed to transport hazardous materials
  • These vehicles don’t meet the Class A or B criteria
  • Covers vehicles from Class D too.

Class D is only for driving your own vehicle.

Remember that you’ll need an endorsement in order to drive a school bus and another one to transport hazardous materials.

Each of the endorsement costs $5.

Your license must be renewed regularly.

Income

Commercial drivers in Connecticut earn on average about $47,852 per year, while those in the top 10% earn about $55,456 per year.

They earn more per year compared to salaries at a national level which are $44,225 per year for the median one and $51,254 per year for the top 10%.

Annual Salary Range:
$42K
$47K
$55K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Bridgeport$49,917
New Haven$48,528
Stamford$50,981
Hartford$47,787
Waterbury$47,675
Norwalk$50,981
Danbury$49,097
New Britain$47,764
Bristol$47,764
Meriden$47,764

Final Considerations

Finding a job as a commercial driver in Connecticut is relatively easy especially if you’re over the age of 21 and have a few endorsements added to your license.

There are trucking companies operating inter and intrastate, schools, and other businesses that seek drivers with a Class A, B or C license.

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