Getting a CDL is a great career option, since you can apply this kind of license to so many types of jobs. There are always companies that need drivers for trucks and other commercial vehicles, and these companies are in many industries. It isn’t difficult to get a CDL, you just need to know the steps to go through to obtain one.
Step 1: Your first stop will be the Maine BMV. You can either go to the local building and pick up a copy of the Maine CDL manual, or you can get it online by going to http://Maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/MaineCommercialManual.pdf
This booklet will provide you with all the information you require to successfully pass the written part of the CDL test in Maine. Make sure you read the entire manual thoroughly, and if you’re going to be applying for special endorsements, pay close attention to the pages that cover them.
Keep in mind that you must already have a valid Maine driver’s license. You will undergo a background check when you apply for your CDL, and if it is discovered that you have ever had a license revoked, denied, canceled, or suspended – even if it was in another state – you will not be able to acquire a Maine CDL until the issue with the other license is cleared up.
Vision and medical tests will also be required, and if you want to get a hazmat endorsement you will need to allow your fingerprints to be taken and you will need to pass a TSA background check.
Step 2: Get a Maine CDL application at the BMV and fill it out completely and clearly. You will then need to mail it in to:
Secretary of State
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
State House Station 29
Attn: CDL Examination Section
Augusta, Maine 04333
Once you’ve mailed in your application and it has been approved, a written exam will be scheduled. Make sure you show up at the right time and place for the exam. If you pass, you will then be given a Maine CDL permit.
Step 3: At this point, you will need to get Maine CDL License Training. There are a great many places where you can get training that will familiarize you with the equipment in a safe environment, as well as provide you will all the information you need to pass the driving test.
Look for programs and schools that are very professional and have a good track record. Good schools will also be up front about the Maine CDL License cost, and will have a firm timeline for completing your training.
Also, if you do not have access to a commercial vehicle for the driver’s test, look for a school that includes utilizing their trucks for the test.
Step 4: Once you’ve gone through the CDL license training, it will be time to schedule your skills and driving test. You will need to go back to the BMV and get a request card, fill it out, and send it to the Secretary of State address mentioned in Step 2. Again, once it is received and approved, you will be able to set up an appointment for your test.
Once you pass the test, which will include doing a “pre-trip” on your vehicle and equipment as well as a driving test, you will be issued a Maine CDL.
Your CDL will be good for 5 years, although hazmat renewals have their own set of special rules that you will have to follow. Now that you have your license, you can start looking for one of the many driving positions that are available.