Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

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Can students from other states attend Interstate Truck Driving School?

YES!  Interstate Truck Driving School has a school license in Wisconsin and the state of Wisconsin allows students from other states to take their training and testing in WI. Students will not need to change their license to another state.  Students will need to obtain a CDL permit from their home state and then Interstate Truck Driving School can train them in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Out of state students will need to take their CDL road test in Wisconsin where a fee of $150.00 is charged to the student by the examiner.  The students home state is then obligated by Federal Rules to accept the test results from Wisconsin.

When students enroll in this program, they will be able to take all of their coursework online from home (100 hours).  Upon completion of the coursework, students will be scheduled to take their hands on driver training (backing range practice, simulator training, one-on-one driving instruction) with an intensive ten day schedule followed by a road test provided on the 10th day. 

Students may use our online option to complete their coursework (100 hours) and then attend in person at our campus in South St. Paul for two weeks to prepare for the CDL road test.  Every effort will be made to complete the hands on training within two weeks to keep the cost of lodging to a minimum.

What is the first thing I need to do to get a CDL?

You need to get a CDL permit by taking a few written tests at one of the state driver license exam stations. You do not need to have your permit to start training with us but you will need to concentrate on getting the permit as soon as you start training.

To enroll in one of our programs, simply come to our office to fill out some paperwork and take a drug test. You can start your training that same day if you arrive by 7:30 A.M. Classes start every Monday except for Holiday weeks.

What is the difference between a Class A and a Class B CDL?

The Class A License allows you to drive trucks of any size and with trailers of any size. The Class B license allows you to drive a truck of any size but you are limited to trailers of less than 10,000 lbs GVW behind a Class B truck.

If I have a Class A CDL can I drive a Class B?

Yes, but you cannot drive a Class A if you just have a B license.

Is a Health Card a requirement?

We now require the DOT health card for our students. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has implemented new rules that require proof of a valid health card when applying for or renewing a CDL license otherwise your license is restricted.

You do not need a health card to start training but we will send you off for a physical on the first Monday afternoon of your training.  You can obtain your DOT in advance of starting training.  You can schedule your DOT Physical HERE.

Does Interstate Truck Driving School provide job placement?

Yes, Job Placement is provided for students that complete our comprehensive programs that include the Entry Level Driver classroom and training in the larger manual transmission trucks. We can get you pre-hired before you start your training if you meet the qualifications.  You will be able to go to work with a few days of completion of your training.

Are there any restrictions when testing with an automatic transmission?

Yes.  If you take a CDL road test with a truck that has an automatic transmission, then your license with have a restriction on it limiting you to CDL vehicles with automatic transmissions.  It is because of this restriction that we have invested in several truck driving simulators to teach our students how to properly shift the big trucks.

Can Veterans use their G I Bill Benefits for tuition?

YES! The Minnesota Approving Agency has approved Interstate Truck Driving School for VA educational benefits.  We are the only private truck driving school in the Twin Cities Metro Area that has been approved by the State Approving Agency for these benefits.