Commercial Driver Education in Louisiana

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Where to Get the Manual

You may feel overwhelmed with all the tests and paperwork it takes to obtain your CDL. Luckily, the Louisiana Commercial Driver's Manual is a good place to start educating yourself on basic information.

You can pick up a copy of this guide at your local Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV). You can also download the handbook.

Minimum Training Requirements

In order to pass your driving skills tests, you will need to learn how to inspect vehicles before driving and how to couple and uncouple tractors and trailers. You'll also need to have plenty of practice driving in different conditions and on different road surfaces. Turning, parking, backing up, and braking are essential skills.

Many motor carriers train their employees, while other drivers take courses at private driving schools, vocational or technical schools, and community colleges. The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has set minimum standards for training curriculums and certifies driver training courses that meet industry and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines. Many employers require their drivers to take PTDI-approved training.

The OMV offers an online list of third-party examiners.

Please visit our Commercial Driver License FAQ section for more information.

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