Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Information

In order to operate a large truck, a driver must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). In general, there are three different types of CDL licenses and these types can vary from state to state. Given the dangerous circumstances surrounding the operation of a large commercial vehicle, it is important that all drivers meet state and federal requirements before getting behind the wheel of a truck.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit to recover damages from the crash. We urge you to contact our attorneys today who have the skills and resources available to investigate your accident claim in order to make sure that the truck driver was properly licensed to operate his or her vehicle.

To begin exploring your legal options, contact our North Carolina truck accident attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.

North Carolina CDL License Requirements

In North Carolina, a CDL is required to drive the following types of commercial vehicles:

  • Class A: Combination vehicles that have a gross combined weight of more than 26,001 pounds, if the vehicle(s) towed are more than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B: A single vehicle that weighs over 26,001 pounds.
  • Class C: Vehicles able to transport 16 or more people, including the driver, or vehicles that carry hazardous materials.

In order to qualify for a North Carolina CDL, a driver must be at least 18 years old, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate.

For those drivers who will be transporting cargo between states, there are additional requirements that must be met. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is responsible for the regulation of interstate cargo transportation. USDOT requires that the following requirement be met by interstate truck drivers:

  • Must be 21 years old.
  • Must pass a written knowledge exam.
  • Must pass a three part driving test, including a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test and an on-road driving exam with a vehicle that matches the class of CDL license the driver is attempting to obtain.

There may be additional requirements necessary for those who wish to drive a truck with double or triple trailers, a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck, a school bus or a truck that transports hazardous materials.

For more information on North Carolina CDL Requirements, visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles’ website.

North Carolina Truck Driving Schools

Truck driving schools may provide the education and on-road training necessary to pass the North Carolina CDL requirements and ensure the safety of all drivers on the road. The following is a directory of North Carolina truck driving schools:

Arden Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center 2765 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
Asheboro Future Truckers of America 1095 W. Dixie Dr., Ste. A
Asheboro, NC 2720
Charlotte Carolina Driving Institute 4830 Hovis Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Clinton Sampson Community College 1801 Sunset Ave., Hwy 24 W
Clinton, NC 28328
Conover Transtech Inc. 5080 10th St. NW, Ste. R
Conover, NC 28613
Dallas Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 201 Hwy 321
S. Dallas, NC 28034
Dunn Roadmaster 1111 S. Clinton Ave.
Dunn, NC 28335
Fayetteville Regency Job Training Institute 110 N. Main St.
Fayetteville, NC 28311
Henderson Vance-Granville Community College P.O. Box 917
Henderson, NC 27536
Hickory Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 2550 Hwy 70
SE Hickory, NC 28602
Hudson Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 2855 Hickory Blvd.
Hudson, NC 28638
Lexington Davidson County Community College P.O. Box 1287
Lexington, NC 27293
Linwood Carolina Driving Institute 130 Clark Rd.
Linwood, NC 27299
Lumberton Lumberton Truck Driving Academy 2600 E. 5th St.
Lumberton, NC 28358
Rocky Mount SAGE 522 N. Old Carriage Rd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27573
Roxboro SAGE 1715 College Dr.
Roxboro, NC 27573
Smithfield Johnston Community College 245 College Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Spindale SAGE 286 ICC Loop Rd.
Spindale, NC 28160
Statesville Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 701 W. Front St.
Statesville, NC 28677
Thomasville Cross Country Truck Driving School 250 Industrial Park Dr.
Thomasville, NC 27360
Washington Beaufort County Community College P.O. Box 1069
Washington, NC 27889
Wilmington Cape Fear Community College 411 N. Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Yadkinville SAGE 4649 Hwy 601
Yadkinville, NC 27055

Contact a Knowledgeable North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney Today

It is important to consult with an attorney who is well-versed in North Carolina CDL regulations after being involved in a truck accident in Winston-Salem or Greensboro. In addition to these regulations, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when pursuing compensation for any damages incurred in the wreck.

At Mike Lewis Attorneys, we understand the complexities involved in a commercial vehicle accident claim. We encourage you to contact our firm today to schedule a free, initial case evaluation with a member of our team of legal professionals. We can assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal and financial recourse for your losses.

To make sure that all our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether this is through a jury verdict or settlement. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.

For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina truck accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.