Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Idaho

Idaho CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

When you think of Idaho you may think of potatoes. And when you think of potatoes you wonder how they make it from the farm to the store – trucks! Whether you want to carry food, furniture, or any other type of product as a truck driver you are instrumental in keeping America going.

For truck drivers in Idaho projected employment looks very good. Between 2014 and 2024 Idaho is expected to have a 20% increase while the U.S. as a whole is only 6%. The average salary for a truck driver in Idaho is $42,260 and the average hourly rate is around $20.32 (SOURCE). When broken down you’ve got $25,530 at the low end and $61,970 at the high end. Looking at median salaries (meaning exactly in the middle with 50% making more and 50% making less) is less impressive:

  • $41,340 – US
  • $38,130 – ID
  • $38,570 – Lewiston
  • $37, 010 – Coeur d’Alene
  • $36, 310 – Boise City
  • $35,710 – Pocatello

You can tell by looking at these figures that Idaho companies may need to step up their salaries to sustain the increased demand. States that border Idaho are: Nevada, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. These states have breathtaking scenery so you should really enjoy your day in the “office”.

The 5 most populated cities in Idaho are:

  1. Boise
  2. Nampa
  3. Meridian
  4. Idaho Falls
  5. Pocatello

The state is pretty dry overall with only 823 square miles of water and 82,747 square miles of land (SOURCE).

Trucking Life In Idaho

In addition to truckers who move product intrastate and interstate, there is a market for moving people. Not the actual people but their belongings. Household moving companies have a sort of hybrid role that combines physical work with transporting the freight.

So if you want to get a good workout and don’t necessarily like sitting all day, check out household moving companies when you’re looking for a job.

Each moving company has different relocation packages so some may offer moving packages that require the driver to pack up the customer’s household. Usually you would get some help with this.

Depending on the company, you may need to pack up the customer’s belongings, load them into the trailer, drive everything to the new location, and finally offload everything and put it in the new abode.

A negative aspect of this type of job would be the increased risk for injury. However, if you are young, in good physical condition and have the right protective equipment – back brace, knee brace, etc. you can do it. One more thing to consider is you never know what the condition of the house will be when you have to pack up someone’s stuff. It could be a real mess.

All in all, household movers can make great money and the physical activity can break up the boredom of sitting for long periods not to mention keeping you in shape. It’s a position to consider if you like variety in your job. This type of work appeals to some drivers and others don’t like it.

Idaho CDL License Information and Insights

Before you can get a CDL you need to obtain a CLP or commercial learner’s permit. You need the CLP in order to train for a CDL. There are Federal CDL requirements and state CDL requirements and the state requirements differ.

How to apply in Idaho
In every state you must be 21 years of age to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). To apply, go to your county driver’s license office and be sure to bring:

  • Your current driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of Idaho residence
  • Money to pay your fees

If you’re not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national you must prove lawful presence in the United States.

What will happen while you’re there

  1. You will be asked if you’re subject to and in compliance with the requirements of Part 391 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Qualifications of Drivers)
  2. You will be asked to declare (self-certify) the type of driving you intend to do: Interstate or Intrastate (within Idaho only)
  3. You will be asked if the type of driving you will do requires a DOT Medical card
  4. Your driving record will be checked
  5. You pay your required fees
  6. You must pass the vision and knowledge tests

After you pass all written tests, make an appointment with a CDL Skills Tester to take the skills test. When you show up for your skills test be sure to have:

  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of insurance
  • The receipt showing you passed the written tests and paid the skills test fee

The skills test has three parts: the vehicle inspection, the basic control skills test, and the road test. The test will take two to three hours and must be taken in a vehicle that is of the license class you wish to obtain Class A, Class B, or Class C.

If the vehicle used for the test is not equipped with air brakes, your CDL will show a restriction that you are not licensed to operate vehicles with air brakes.

After you have passed all required written and skills tests, you cannot operate a commercial vehicle until you have your CDL from the County DMV. As with a regular driver’s license, you’ll be issued a temporary license and the permanent license will be sent by U.S. Mail.

All test results remain valid for one year. If you don’t pass a test, you have to wait three (3) days before you can retake it and you have to pay the test fees again.
When it’s time to renew your CDL, you only have to take one test and that’s only if you have an H endorsement on your license for Hazardous Materials.

Idaho Trucking in the News

Idaho Falls-based trucking company, InterWest Moving & Storage wanted to help fill the need for supplies in hurricane-ravaged Houston, so they teamed up with some local charities to collect and deliver much-needed items to the flood-damaged areas of Texas:

  • Bottled Water (MOST NEEDED ITEM)
  • Individually packed snacks (crackers, beef jerky, granola bars, breakfast bars)
  • Protein in pouches or pull top-cans (i.e. tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken)
  • Pet Food, canned and dry
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Cleaning supplies (i.e. mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, garbage bags, bug spray)

One of the charities, The Humanitarian Center committed to packing 1,000 hygiene kits to ship on the truck. Each kit included:

  • 2 in One Shampoo & Conditioner – 15 oz. size
  • 6 oz. toothpaste Individually wrapped toothbrush
  • Hand towel
  • Individual size Kleenex
  • Comb – no rat tails
  • Regular size bar of soap
  • Gallon size Ziplock bags

Truckers – helping to make America great (SOURCE).

Weigh-in-motion systems save time, money, and fuel
Weigh-in-motion (WIM) systems are saving the trucking industry a lot of time and money.
Trucks bypassing the port save about five minutes per incident, and almost half a gallon of fuel. Put in monetary terms this amounts to approximately $8.68 savings per bypass. Commercial trucks using WIM to bypass Idaho ports saved a total of 33,365 hours and more than 16,000 gallons of fuel in the last year.

There are four Idaho locations with WIM and from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, the estimated savings at each location was:

  1. Huetter POE (Northern Idaho): 58,356 vehicle bypasses; savings = $506,530
  2. Lewiston POE (North-Central Idaho): 89,049 vehicle bypasses; savings = $772,945
  3. East Boise POE (Southwest Idaho): 247,378 vehicle bypasses; savings = $2,147,241
  4. Inkom POE (Southeast Idaho): 5,600 vehicle bypasses (June only); savings = $48,608
  5. Total Bypasses = 400,383; Total savings = $3.475 million

The WIM system lets CMVs that meet state size and weight limits to bypass weigh stations without slowing their speed. Vehicles bypassing Ports of Entry facilities save drivers and companies time on the road, fuel and operating costs, reduce congestion at weigh stations and increase productivity (SOURCE).

1K CATTLE

Listed in
(208) 553-9172

281 HWY 95 N, 83530
Interstate
2540432

1ST DUDE HAULING

Listed in
(208) 772-0687

1581 E LITTLE ROCK ROAD, 83858
Interstate
2128407

1ST TRAX TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 681-0618

2232 GLADYS DR, 83401
Interstate
2556742

1ST TRAX TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 681-0618

2232 GLADYS DR, 83401
Interstate
2556742

2 J HONEY FARMS LLC

Listed in
(208) 681-2348

165 N 600 W, 83221
Interstate
1728390

2 M LIVESTOCK INC

Listed in
(208) 961-1394

307 S 35 W, 83338
Interstate
2062110

2 R TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 285-1239

1280 BORGEN ROAD, 83832
Interstate
2121950

2 R TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 285-1239

1280 BORGEN ROAD, 83832
Interstate
2121950

2 Y TRANSPORT

Listed in
(208) 484-4286

83 BARTON RD, 83320
Interstate
1723343

2 Y TRANSPORT

Listed in
(208) 484-4286

83 BARTON RD, 83320
Interstate
1723343

2 Y TRANSPORT

Listed in
(208) 484-4286

83 BARTON RD, 83320
Interstate
1723343

2-M CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Listed in
(208) 455-1847

20618 HWY 20-26, 83607
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1376527

208 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(208) 697-6679

18167 HARVESTER AVE, 83687
Interstate
2726603

208 TOOLS

Listed in
(208) 449-3014

8737 N HUETTER RD, 83858
Interstate
2635055

208 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(208) 404-0035

817 9TH AVE N, 83316
Interstate
2559925

208 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(208) 404-0035

817 9TH AVE N, 83316
Interstate
2559925

24-7 FARMS

Listed in
(208) 454-8436

23955 WAGNER RD, 83607
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1158646

25 DOLLAR TOW SERVICE

Listed in
(208) 440-2525

10781 S CLOVERDALE RD, 83634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1181199

2B TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 320-0052

186 HOMESTEAD LOOP, 83338
Interstate
2523418

2B3G

Listed in
(208) 540-2642

427 W GRIFFITH # 6, 83201
Interstate
1624368

2D STEWART ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(208) 382-6365

52 EAST PROSPECTORS DRIVE, 83611
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1564602

2ND ST MAINTENANCE

Listed in
(208) 941-3749

1317 E IOWA AVE, 83686
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1453252

2S TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(208) 756-7149

1310 TAFT AVE, 83467
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2109099

2S TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(208) 756-7149

1310 TAFT AVE, 83467
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2109099

3 DOTTERS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(602) 350-2156

2848 KELLY TOPONCE RD, 83217
Interstate
2456507

3 GIRLS TRUCKING

Listed in
(208) 921-3077

23885 BOEHNER RD, 83676
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1454613

3 R TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 228-6152

953 N 2600 E, 83444
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1499019

3 STRINGS CATTLE OF IDAHO LLC

Listed in
(208) 436-1461

13 E 400 S, 83350
Interstate
2582721

3-W FARMS

Listed in
(208) 356-6293

4018 S 3300 W, 83440
Interstate
1081660

3B RANCH LLC

Listed in
(208) 663-4469

1758 NORTH 1000 EAST, 83450
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2414193

3B TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 862-3343

570 S COLLEGE AVE, 83346
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2075181

3C CONCRETE INC

Listed in
(208) 524-1629

4650 STANFIELD LN, 83404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1440634

3H CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(208) 359-2377

392 N 5200 W, 83440
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1398271

4 B TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 642-2153

2434 NE 15TH AVE, 83661
Interstate
1667518

4 W FARMS

Listed in
(208) 684-5252

673 N 825 W, 83221
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2163867

40 EQUIPMENT SALES & RENTAL

Listed in
(208) 762-3998

10833 N GOVERNMENT WAY, 83835
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1571330

4B&G LIVESTOCK LLC

Listed in
(208) 521-9512

4172 E 176 N, 83442
Interstate
2128522

4K TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 243-7494

210 N 700 W, 83221
Interstate
2275967

4STEMS CUSTOM BUILDERS

Listed in
(208) 435-4794

1365 MUSSELSHELL ROAD, 83553
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2072407

4T ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(208) 547-3358

281 SOUTH 1ST EAST, 83276
Interstate
2150630

5 STAR FORESTRY LLC

Listed in
(866) 679-5372

6085 HIGHWAY 12, 83539
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2068877

57 SERVICES

Listed in
(208) 245-5757

15 POWER LN, 83861
Interstate
1652547

6 G’S TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(208) 546-1835

1008 10TH ST N, 83687
Interstate
2360708

7 BAR S LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(208) 284-3544

5860 EL PASO RD, 83607
Interstate
1490198

7 STAR TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(208) 559-5598

3913 N WESTON AVE, 83646
Interstate
2160744

7B BORING LLC

Listed in
(208) 705-7786

LOT 2 STEVENS ELK RANCH, 83811
Interstate
2559751

7B BORING LLC

Listed in
(208) 705-7786

LOT 2 STEVENS ELK RANCH, 83811
Interstate
2559751

7K LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(208) 454-6778

16991 HIGHWAY 20-26, 83607
Interstate
1936151

7S TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(208) 940-0804

10 EAGLE LANE, 83467
Interstate
2250065

9N NAGLE

Listed in
(208) 875-0024

1025 COUNTRY LN, 83855
Interstate
2167267

A & A LANDSCAPING & SPRINKLERS INC

Listed in
(208) 362-0511

9365 VIRGO ST, 83709
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1274101

A & A SEPTIC SERVICE INC

Listed in
(208) 476-9143

600 BARTLETT, 83544
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1097987

A & A SEPTIC SERVICE INC

Listed in
(208) 476-9143

600 BARTLETT, 83544
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1097987

A & A STUMP REMOVAL

Listed in
(208) 713-0835

3950 GARNET ST, 83703
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2640404

A & A TRANSPORT

Listed in
(208) 501-5404

2619 POWDER HORN DR, 83605
Interstate
2629086

A & B EXCAVATION LLC

Listed in
(619) 888-6833

1606 N 55 E, 83401
Interstate
2114494

A & B EXCAVATION LLC

Listed in
(619) 888-6833

1606 N 55 E, 83401
Interstate
2114494

A & B TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 390-8125

3925 E SIENNA CIR, 83401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2416859

A & D QUALITY HYDROSEEDING INC

Listed in
(208) 922-5451

850 BOISE ST, 83634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1649633

A & E TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(208) 891-0838

2611 SHOSHONE STREET, 83705
Interstate
1142194

A & F EXCAVATION

Listed in
(208) 522-6779

2364 E 49 N, 83401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1030834

A & F LOGGING & DIRT WORK LLC

Listed in
(208) 524-3522

2364 E 49 N, 83401
Interstate
1958365

A & G CROPCARE LLC

Listed in
(208) 624-3041

2390 AIRPORT RD, 83445
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1095620

A & G CROPCARE LLC

Listed in
(208) 624-3041

2390 AIRPORT RD, 83445
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1095620

A & L FARMS & LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(208) 522-2067

3348 WOODSIDE DR, 83401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2594488

A & M TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(208) 881-3235

232 N 4037 E, 83442
Interstate
2177528

A & R CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(208) 746-3394

2037 2ND AVE N, 83501
Interstate
189055

A & R EQUIPMENT SALES

Listed in
(208) 529-9190

515 W 19TH ST, 83402
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1791038

A & R HAULING SERVICE

Listed in
(208) 664-1768

3520 N 15TH ST APT F 1, 83815
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1471793

A & R METAL WORKS INC

Listed in
(208) 529-9190

515 W 19TH STREET, 83402
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1213158

A & R RIOS TRUCKING

Listed in
(208) 678-0997

184 PALMER RD, 83318
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2072677

A & R TRUCKING

Listed in
(208) 571-4578

2136 BISHOP AVE, 83619
Interstate
1600299

A & S SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(208) 631-9928

525 W MAIN ST, 83617
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1455866

A 1 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(208) 293-7005

1132 TRAIL CREST RD, 83301
Interstate
2429989

A 1 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(208) 293-7005

1132 TRAIL CREST RD, 83301
Interstate
2429989

A AND B TRUCKING

Listed in
(208) 866-6030

4423 ASHTON AVE, 83605
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2377483

A AND S PRODUCE LLC

Listed in
(208) 989-6081

605 SOUTH SNEDDON, 83686
Interstate
1920846

A B C SEAMLESS SIDING

Listed in
(208) 324-4048

5421 US HWY 93 STE 2, 83338
Interstate
1150538

A C HIGHTOWER

Listed in
(208) 935-2269

335 MONTANA ST, 83536
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1158837

A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Listed in
(208) 867-9468

25 WAR EAGLE, 83716
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1090858

A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Listed in
(208) 867-9468

25 WAR EAGLE, 83716
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1090858

A J LANDMARK INC

Listed in
(208) 322-4456

2038 S COLE RD, 83709
Interstate
2292158

A M HAULING

Listed in
(208) 961-0727

2869 S 1900 E, 83355
Interstate
1647183

A MONREAL TRUCKING

Listed in
(208) 337-5759

17852 BATT CORNER RD, 83676
Interstate
1604657

A O CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(208) 897-5264

2909 WARE RD, 83234
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1109598

A OK CONTRACTORS LLC

Listed in
(208) 455-3523

5303 ASPENWOOD AVE, 83607
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1660432

A PLUS CONTRACTORS LLC

Listed in
(208) 547-3417

309 E 2ND S, 83276
Interstate
1485900

A PLUS LLC

Listed in
(208) 420-8775

3514 S 2400 E, 83338
Interstate
1614416

A PLUS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(208) 936-7330

11886 WEST DEMEYER ST, 83713
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2177937

A PLUS WELDING AND FABRICATION

Listed in
(208) 924-6423

32330 LEE WEBB RD, 83524
Interstate
2417257

A R ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(208) 888-4178

1045 S ROLLING HILLS DR, 83642
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1737635

A SEWER SERVICE

Listed in
(208) 375-4584

12020 GAMEKEEPER DR, 83634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1581867

A SEWER SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(208) 375-4584

2735 E KUNA RD, 83634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1628403

A SHADE BETTER PAINTING INC

Listed in
(208) 855-0575

655 E KING ST, 83642
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1329370

A TO Z LANDSCAPE INC

Listed in
(208) 888-7262

1581 N FORESTO BELLO WAY, 83616
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1839964

A TO Z SPRINKLERS & LANDSCAPE

Listed in
(208) 658-8080

9635 W HALSTEAD DR, 83704
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1369723

A TREE COMPANY

Listed in
(208) 880-3413

2400 E KUNA MORA RD, 83634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2351842

A TREE COMPANY

Listed in
(208) 880-3413

2400 E KUNA MORA RD, 83634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2351842

A TRENTSMITH

Listed in
(208) 390-0863

3480W 2850N, 83255
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1186087

A UDY LAWN GREEN

Listed in
(208) 852-3778

565 E 400 S, 83263
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1354014