What Is the Truck Driver Age Limit?

Many young people are considering getting a CDL instead of a traditional four-year college degree and ask, “What is the truck driver age limit?” Currently, every state has a minimum age requirement of 18 years to get your commercial driver’s license. However, federal guidelines require drivers to be 21 years old to haul cargo across state lines.

So while you may legally be able to drive at 18, most trucking companies require you to be 21 before you can get hired so that you can take on more jobs. All companies have their own rules, and some have an even higher age minimum. In addition to the age requirement, you also need to be physically able and healthy to do the job.

If you get your CDL at 18 and decide you want to become a truck driver before the age of 21, you may have luck getting a job with a company that only travels intrastate. But most truckers say that opportunities for those under 21 are difficult to come by. If you’re interested in getting started early, you can spend the extra time studying for your CDL or get a job driving regular motor vehicles or on a construction site. That way, you’ll have plenty of related experience when you turn 21.

Why Is There a Truck Driver Age Limit?

Minimum age limits from the federal government and trucking companies are designed to keep roads as safe as possible. Driving commercial motor vehicles comes with a lot of responsibility, and regulations are designed to prevent accidents caused by less experienced drivers. By the age of 21, many people will have had additional experience driving cars and other small vehicles.

In recent years, many politicians have pushed forward laws that would drop the federal minimum to haul freight across state lines to 18. This change is meant to help address the increasing demand for truck drivers across the country. The Department of Transportation is also piloting a program that allows younger drivers with related training and experience in the military to drive cross-country for private trucking companies.



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What Is the Maximum Truck Driver Age Limit?

Many truck drivers decided to take their CDL test after retiring and take on hauling freight as a second career. This is a popular option, because unlike some fields, there is no maximum age limit for truck drivers.

When people are looking for a change in careers or a new job following retirement, they often turn to truck driving because of the ability to see the country, the industry’s flexible hours, and many opportunities for increased pay.

If you’re older, as long as you’re able to pass the CDL test and meet the Department of Transportation’s physical requirements, you shouldn’t have any problems becoming a truck driver.

Young Truck Drivers Are in Demand

One reason for the ongoing shortage of truck drivers is that the average age of truckers is about ten years older than the average age of other industries, and much of the trucking fleet is retiring. Without younger drivers to help fill up the industry, there will continue to be a shortage.

For years to come, the industry will need more and more young truck drivers to take over vacancies left by drivers who are retiring in the near future.

If you’re looking to kickstart your career, Truck Driver Institute offers a team of trusted advisors who will help you get your application prepared so that you can attend one of our eleven campuses in seven states across the United States. Our advisors will also assist you with what things you’ll be required to do as a student and what you can expect after you graduate. 

TDI partners with numerous carriers to make sure that our graduates are ready to get on the road soon after graduating. We currently have an over 86% placement rate

If you’d like to learn more about career opportunities through TDI, read our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us today!

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