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Delaware may be a smaller state, but its trucking industry is going strong. With jobs that can be closer to home, around New England, or across the country, having a commercial license in Delaware can be a valid career move. The commercial trucking industry is continuing to be robust and is projected to continue growing through 2022, including jobs in the state of Delaware. If you’re interested in getting your commercial driver’s license, your first step will be to pass a general knowledge test and qualify for a permit; you may also want to one or more other written tests to get endorsements and further your career options. Endorsements, including multi-trailer, passenger transport, school bus driver, HazMat, combination trailer, and tanker, as well as general CDL knowledge information, can all be found in the 2023 Delaware CDL Handbook, and with hundreds of possible test questions, it’s important to study properly.

How to Prepare

Once you’ve downloaded the DE CDL Handbook, it’s a good idea to sit down with a pen and some paper and read the entire handbook, taking lots of notes as you go! Remember, there may be many possible questions on your CDL tests, but all the questions come directly from the handbook, so if you read and study thoroughly, it’s not impossible to know all the answers. Don’t be discouraged, and if your mind starts to drift it may be helpful to take a short walk or break and then come back and focus on your reading. Once you’ve read through the handbook, take another look through your notes, and if any area still seems confusing or unclear, make sure to go back and reread that section until you have a firm handle on the details.

Final Steps

If you’re feeling ready to take the test, read the handbook one more time. Then head on over to the Delaware DMV and take your next step into an exciting new vocation!

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