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GLEN BURNIE, MD (November 5, 2022) – After a successful event in March, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) again partnered with the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) to host a second Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Day. The day is designed to educate the public and potential CDL applicants about what is required to become a CDL permit holder in Maryland, the skills needed for this critical duty, how they can take the next steps to acquire a CDL and how to safely share the road.
Dozens of people met with staff from the MDOT MVA, MMTA, the MDOT State Highway Administration, the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration, Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Transportation Division and MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office. Each agency and organization had a representative on-site to speak with current and potential CDL applicants about opportunities within the agencies, including training and career advancement.
MDOT MVA staff also answered questions on how to obtain a commercial driver learner’s permit and how to add certain restrictions to a CDL license. CDL applicants also learned about the modernized CDL test that went into effect in August. MMTA spoke about the skills needed for the role and how to safely share the road with commercial vehicles, while representatives from Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport gave firsthand experience on being a truck driver.
“CDL drivers play a critical role in ensuring our state continues to thrive - they transport retail goods, medical supplies, construction equipment, farming goods, vehicles and even children,” said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer. “The MDOT MVA is committed to making the process to obtain and maintain a CDL is as accessible and efficient as possible.”
“The need for truck drivers has never been higher. Today’s partnership with the Motor Vehicle Administration gave people a chance to sit in a truck, to see what a driver sees, to ask questions about becoming a driver and to learn about life behind the wheel,” said Louis Campion, MMTA President and CEO. “If you have a CDL, you have a career.”
The MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office also participated by providing safety information and demonstrations of the rollover simulator. The vehicle shows the drastic difference a properly buckled seat belt can make in a rollover crash.
Maryland is home to more than 110,000 commercial driver’s license holders. Over the past several years, the MDOT MVA has expanded accessibility for prospective school bus and truck driver candidates to special licensing days. Additionally, the agency has improved how CDL holders can conduct their MDOT MVA business. For example, CDL products now have an 8-year expiration date, the same as non-commercial licenses (with the exception of hazmat endorsements), the ability to renew their license online and the ability to electronically submit their medical certificate. For more information on how to become a CDL holder in Maryland, visit the MDOT MVA website.