4 Common Barriers to Getting Your CDL

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4 Common Barriers to Getting Your CDL

Darin Miller Explains How to Overcome the 4 Most Common Barriers to Getting Your CDL – CDL University LLC

If you want to become a professional truck driver, you need two things: A commercial driver’s license, and 160 hours of professional truck driver training. CDL University LLC provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to get your Oklahoma Class A CDL. Seems simple enough, right? It should be, but there are 4 common barriers to getting your CDL that we hear from people each and every day.


These barriers are:

  1. Background
  2. Health
  3. Time
  4. Money

Some people are worried they can’t afford truck driving school. Others think they can’t miss work, they don’t have the time, their health, or they are worried about their criminal or traffic background. The truth is these barriers are often just imaginary and unnecessary, and you more than likely have the requisite health, background, time and money needed to become one of the best truck drivers in America.


In this video, Darin Miller of CDL University LLC explains the 4 most common barriers to getting your Commercial Driver License.

Video Transcription

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Darin Miller, CDL University.

People always call and they ask, “What are the requirements to get your CDL?” But in their mind, there are four barriers that they have.

The first one is that they want to know if their background is going to affect getting their CDL. No, it doesn’t. Alright? All you need is a Class D driver’s license.

The second question is about health. What is required to be healthy enough to do it? Matter of fact, health is the only issue that you really need to deal with. You just need to get a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical. I tell people all the time, they check your eyes with your glasses, your ears with your hearing aid, and your blood pressure with your medication. You just need to be within normal realms. Okay?

The next one is time. Okay, you’re getting an education to make twice as much as a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree. It’s going to take a little bit of time. However, with a CDL, it’s quick. It’s only one hundred and sixty hours. Most major trucking companies, and I’m talking about major, which is local even, require you to have that certification. They want to know that you are a safe driver. That’s why DPS (Department of Public Safety) here in Oklahoma sets that restriction at one hundred sixty hours when you enroll in a school to get your CDL.

The next one is money. Don’t worry about the money. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to what you’re gonna be making after that one hundred sixty hours. If you’ll come and talk to us, trust me, we can figure out a way to help you.

Darin Miller, CDL University. Where people become successful truck drivers.