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@Lisa Tornow Here are the steps I took to get my CDL. They have to be followed through in this order or the process will be delayed.

The first thing you need to do is study for the CDL. Download the DMV study guide from their website. I also recommend downloading the CDL prep app. It’s free and has the same questions as the DMV test. When you are ready to take the air brake and knowledge test, make a DMV appointment. Before your appointment you’ll need a DOT physical from an urgent care. Not all urgent cares offer DOT physicals, so call and find out which one does. They are generally $100 for a medical certificate. When your DMV appointment arrives, take your birth certificate, ID, medical certificate, and two utility bills that prove you live at your residence.

After passing your test you’ll receive a Class A permit and you can either pay $3,000 to enroll in trucking school which is 27 courses 1 hour each course, or you can apply for a trucking company that will provide paid training. Takes around 2-4 months to get your CDL from start to finish depending on the pace you set for yourself. Any other questions feel free to ask.

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A great trucking school in Portland, Oregon or SW Washington is NW Commercial Driving School. They offer CDL training programs and assistance with job placement. You can also check out Jobcase, a platform that connects job seekers with employers, and look for CDL training scholarships available in your area. Good luck with your training!

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