Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Minnesota

Minnesota has a very diverse set of robust industries within their state. This typically lends itself to a diverse set of trucking jobs available to CDL drivers.

The Top 5 Industries In Minnesota

1. Bioscience
The Mayo Clinic is located in Rochester, MN and that helps rank Bioscience as one of the state’s top industries. The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked in the top 10 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The state ranks first in sugar beets and oats production.

2. Manufacturing
Manufacturing is the second largest employer in Minnesota.

3. Wind Power
Minnesota ranks third in the nation in terms of wind-generated electricity (9.7 percent). Xcel Energy, headquartered in Minneapolis, buys more wind power than any other utility in the nation, and the largest wind turbine trucking company in the U.S. is also based here.

4. Data Centers
The state’s climate helps keep buildings cool naturally, saving data centers money on cooling. It might sound like nothing, but it really is a major cost. Also the state’s water is used in cooling technology, which lessens the cost of transport. Throw in some of the lowest energy costs in the country and now you know why Minnesota publicizes its data center hosting abilities. The infrastructure is already in place, too.

5. Animal Science
Minnesota is a national leader in livestock and livestock products.
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Minnesota CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

For the almost 35,000 truck drivers in the state, things look pretty good. Taking a look at salaries, the median salary – 50% over and 50% under – is $41,340 for the overall US and $43,090 for Minnesota. When you look at different cities the median salary fluctuates as well:

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul: $46,300
  • Rochester: $45,850
  • Duluth: $44,320
  • St. Cloud: $39,800

The average salary for truck drivers in Minnesota is $44,500 and in that breakdown, the low is $30,660 and the high is $61,980. Depending on where you are in your truck driving career and what type of position you take your salary will be influenced accordingly.

Looking to the future there’s a 6% projected increase in the number of trucking jobs in the U.S. by 2024. The increase for Minnesota for that same time period is 4%.

Minnesota CDL License Information and Insights

Minnesota, like other states, must abide by Federal requirements for state licensing. All applicants must go through TSA screening and the appropriate medical tests.

License and Permits

  • All applicants for a CDL regardless of class must have a Class D license with no motoring convictions in the last two years.
  • Health checks are required to test eyesight and look for any medical conditions that may invalidate the application.
  • Third party organizations offer training for applicants to learn to drive a CMV. Such courses are not mandatory but are highly recommended especially if you’re a new driver.
  • Once the health checks and background security screening are complete you can apply for your CDL.

Age

  • Applicants aged 18 to 20 may apply for an intrastate CDL (within state lines only)
  • Applicants aged 21 and older may apply for an interstate CDL (to drive outside of Minnesota)
  • Applicants must be 21 or over to apply for the hazmat endorsement

CDL Requirements for Minnesota Residents

  • Proof of current home address is required. ID must be up to date.
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of insurance
  • Fulfill TSA screening requirements

Minnesota CDL Requirements for Out-of-State Residents and Transfers
If you recently moved to Minnesota from another state in the US, you need to:

  • Exchange your out-of-state license for a Minnesota license
  • A straight swap is all that’s required if the license is current or expired less than two years ago
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Minnesota requires proof of current address and Social Security card
  • Make authorities aware of any pre-existing medical conditions you may have and provide paperwork relating to treatment
  • Any exemption paperwork should be made available for the application process

Medical and Physical CDL Requirements

  • All applicants must undergo routine medical testing to ensure good health.
  • Your medical records will be examined for pre-existing conditions such as seizures, epilepsy and heart defects.
  • Pass a vision test
  • Applicants who pass medical checks will receive a Medical Examination Report Form and a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. These are required for the final stages of the CDL application.
  • At this point the Federal Medical Card is granted
  • You may apply for restrictions if you fail the medical testing

Background Check for CDL Applicants

TSA screening is mandatory. Therefore, only citizens and permanent residents are eligible for CDL licenses. When an applicant needs an endorsement to drive Hazmat vehicles, fingerprinting and background checks are mandatory.

The sequence for the CDL application goes like this:

  1. Medical checks must be cleared (physical, vision, hearing, etc.)
  2. TSA screening
  3. Knowledge tests
  4. Driving Skills test

Knowing how to drive on ice and snow is obligatory due to rough Minnesota winters. Temperatures can be in the negative numbers and with the wind chill even lower. Also depending on the city snowfall can range from 36” to 70” (that translates from 3 feet to almost 6 feet. SOURCE

Minnesota Trucking in the News

Minnesota trucking company, Dart Transit, is working to combat human trafficking. A Minnesota trucking company is leading the way to help fight human trafficking. Dart Transit, located in Eagan, is training its drivers and warehouse workers on what signs to look for when trucks and trailers that may be smuggling immigrants. Many times these immigrants become victims of human trafficking. Because truckers drive millions of miles on U.S. highways each year, they witness more than most.

Other trucking companies like Dart are using videos to train their drivers on what to look for. They should look for situations that seem out of place, like a young person getting out of a truck with an older person or situations that seem questionable.

Now the senate wants more trucking companies to hop on board with this training. MN Senator Amy Klobuchar wants the effort to be national. She authored a bill that’s headed to the Senate floor to create a position for a human trafficking prevention coordinator at the U.S. DOT. The bill would set a national standard so truckers know that the government and citizens stand behind them and that they are doing a service for immigrants and young people who may be victims.

Since truckers are on the road so much it’s kind of like their neighborhood. So if they all are aware of what to look for at waysides and truck stops, these men and women are a valuable asset for law enforcement to identify and rescue victims of trafficking (SOURCE).

01-0697213

Listed in
(320) 746-9960

101 PLYMOUTH ST, 56340
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2555064

1 2 TREE LLC

Listed in
(651) 242-6346

2930 PILOT KNOB ROAD, 55121
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2521387

1 OAK LIMOUSINE LLC

Listed in
(651) 775-3264

5865 NEAL AVE N #303, 55082
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2408913

1 PLACE 2 PARTY

Listed in
(651) 453-1300

2160 2ND AVE, 55055
Interstate
1130415

1-2 TREE MOVING AND TRANSPLANTING

Listed in
(763) 221-3999

13541 HEMLOCK LN N, 55327
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2019459

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(651) 487-7926

2194 IRENE ST, 55113
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1107909

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(952) 913-7140

605 12TH AVENUE SOUTH, 55343
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1391370

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(612) 237-4681

2606 HUMBOLDT AVE S #11, 55408
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1397098

10 CLAY ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(612) 309-1247

6540 156TH STR E, 55033
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1935212

10 CONTRUCTION

Listed in
(218) 326-1573

32888 LAPLANT RD, 55744
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1097539

10 CONTRUCTION

Listed in
(218) 326-1573

32888 LAPLANT RD, 55744
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1097539

100

Listed in
(651) 674-8700

9424 325TH AVE NE, 55032
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2640698

1000 LAKES TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(952) 201-9645

3554 JUNE AVE N, 55422
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2445032

1000 LAKES TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(952) 201-9645

3554 JUNE AVE N, 55422
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2445032

10000 LAKES LIMO

Listed in
(320) 282-7112

15225 18TH AVE N #105, 55447
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2392867

10000 LAKES LIMO LLC

Listed in
(612) 564-5466

1796 DUNBURY ROAD, 55375
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2632371

10000 TREES SALES & MOVING

Listed in
(320) 634-4383

210 1ST AVE SW, 56334
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1161059

101 MARKET

Listed in
(763) 441-4487

8980 QUANTRELLE AVE NE, 55330-4682
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1611873

10K LAKES TRUCKING

Listed in
(612) 800-1618

7700 PENN AVE S #341, 55423
Interstate
2555484

11TH HOUR RECOVERY LLC

Listed in
(651) 214-2836

348 1ST AVE S, 55075
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2386624

123 DELIVERY LLC

Listed in
(612) 590-3581

2111 ELLIOTT AVE S, 55404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2376041

123 GUTTERS LLC

Listed in
(763) 219-5633

867 WESTERN AVE N, 55117
Interstate
2442285

123 GUTTERS LLC

Listed in
(763) 219-5633

867 WESTERN AVE N, 55117
Interstate
2442285

13875 OTTAWA AVENUE SOUTH

Listed in
(612) 701-8674

13875 OTTAWA AVENUE SOUTH, 55378
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2397799

1405 EDMUND AVE

Listed in
(651) 340-5659

1405 EDMUND AVE, 55104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1159986

18TH COMPANY INC

Listed in
(651) 274-7948

2100 WOODALE DRIVE, 55112
Interstate
2571257

1954

Listed in
(507) 828-5169

1750 HIGHWAY 75, 56220
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1117307

1984

Listed in
(612) 834-4601

10143 3RD ST, 55434
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2589832

1986

Listed in
(218) 281-5937

31537 250TH AVE SW, 56716-8811
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1116117

1991

Listed in
(651) 200-4174

3580 CENTERVILLE ROAD, 55127
Interstate
2373240

1ST CHOICE AUTOBODY

Listed in
(218) 736-5132

1912 EAST STATE HWY 210, 56537
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1475165

1ST CHOICE BUILDERS LLC

Listed in
(651) 342-0973

5660 MEMORIAL AVENUE N, 55082
Interstate
1730326

1ST CHOICE CHIMNEY COMPANY

Listed in
(763) 422-0481

4179 149TH AVENUE NW, 55304
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1829069

1ST CHOICE DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(763) 389-9955

7227 125TH AVE, 56353
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1708053

1ST CHOICE MOVERS INC

Listed in
(763) 559-5934

14209 21ST AVE NORTH, 55447
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1836045

1ST CHOICE TREE CARE

Listed in
(218) 826-6796

30372 180TH ST, 56586
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2492084

1ST CLASS MOVING INC

Listed in
(612) 605-9194

6409 CITY WEST PARKWAY #103, 55344
Interstate
2086561

1ST CONCRETE INC

Listed in
(651) 216-5328

902 ATLANTIC ST, 55106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2390148

1ST LINE LEEWES VENTURES LLC

Listed in
(952) 882-1904

3150 COUNTY ROAD 42 WEST, 55337
Intrastate Hazmat
1103771

1ST LINE LEEWES VENTURES LLC

Listed in
(952) 882-1904

3150 COUNTY ROAD 42 WEST, 55337
Intrastate Hazmat
1103771

1ST PRESIDENTIAL LIMO SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(612) 558-2463

2525 EAST FRANKLIN AVENUE-SUITE 200W, 55406
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2487095

2 GUYS ENTERTAINMENT

Listed in
(507) 316-7742

412 SOUTH FRONT STREET, 56001
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1758563

20278

Listed in
(763) 502-1414

1335 PINEVIEW LN N, 55441
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1240283

21267

Listed in
(507) 223-5020

RURAL ROUTE, 56220
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1085074

21267

Listed in
(507) 223-5020

RURAL ROUTE, 56220
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1085074

21ST CENTURY AG

Listed in
(507) 524-4752

502 SILVER STREET E, 56065
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2144501

21ST CENTURY FLOORMASTERS INC

Listed in
(612) 221-0882

25775 PILLSBURY AVE, 55020
Intrastate Hazmat
1097662

21ST CENTURY FLOORMASTERS INC

Listed in
25775 PILLSBURY AVE, 55020
Intrastate Hazmat
1097664

21ST CENTURY FLOORMASTERS INC

Listed in
(612) 221-0882

25775 PILLSBURY AVE, 55020
Intrastate Hazmat
1097662

21ST CENTURY FLOORMASTERS INC

Listed in
25775 PILLSBURY AVE, 55020
Intrastate Hazmat
1097664

24 7 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(612) 545-6082

2740 MINNEHAHA AVE S #130, 55417
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2597512

24 HOUR HYDRO JETTING INC

Listed in
(320) 241-3087

39105 COUNTY RD 11, 56331
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2158040

24-7 TRANSPORT & STORAGE INC

Listed in
(320) 743-5788

9578 82ND ST SE, 55319
Interstate
1287557

2COOL2HEAT

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

852 86TH LANE NW, 55433
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2556120

2H CATTLE COMPANY

Listed in
(612) 799-1859

33695 CSAH 30, 56243
Interstate
1463795

2ND NATURE LAWN & SNO

Listed in
(763) 218-5287

727 1/2 CEDAR PT, 55313
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2497814

2ND NATURE LAWN AND LANDSCAPING INC

Listed in
(952) 447-5276

PO BOX 20762, 55420
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1147446

2ND SHIFT AUTOMOTIVE INC

Listed in
(612) 598-3194

3875 191ST AVE, 55092
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2436255

2ND SHIFT AUTOMOTIVE INC

Listed in
(612) 598-3194

3875 191ST AVE, 55092
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2436255

3 B’S CO

Listed in
(218) 326-4207

20275 NORTH SUGAR LAKE TRAIL, 55721
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1058849

3 BEARS LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(612) 806-3012

4644 CHICAGO AVE, 55407
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2725638

3 CROWNS TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(612) 366-6161

5409 KINGS CIRCLE N, 55443
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2074836

3 D REPAIR

Listed in
(218) 751-3033

4715 ALDER STREET NE, 56601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1116613

3 DIAMOND CORP

Listed in
(651) 486-0055

567 SHOREVIEW PARK ROAD, 55126
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1110144

3 RING SCENIC INC

Listed in
(612) 333-5782

2637 27TH AVENUE SOUTH, 55406
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1501438

3 SONS RACING

Listed in
(507) 831-2328

765 2ND AVE, 56101
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1510542

3 STAR TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(763) 477-2376

7618 HAMPSHIRE AVE N, 55428
Interstate
2530705

3 T REPAIR LLC

Listed in
(952) 233-3387

3122 130TH ST WEST, 55379
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1081679

3 WAY ELECTRIC

Listed in
(763) 753-5022

19949 ST FRANCIS BLVD, 55303
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1120159

3-D CONCRETE AND MASONRY INC

Listed in
(763) 682-2358

601 SOO LANE, 55313
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1762619

3-D CONSTRUCTION&EXCAVATION

Listed in
(218) 879-1730

501 BROOKSTON RD, 55720
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1085547

3-D CONSTRUCTION&EXCAVATION

Listed in
(218) 879-1730

501 BROOKSTON RD, 55720
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1085547

3-D LANDSCAPING

(651) 433-5787

11980 MAYBERRY TRAIL NORTH, 55047
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1227961

3-D LAWN CARE LLC

Listed in
(507) 676-2929

35628 710TH STREET, 56167
Interstate
2591687

30 30 CONCRETE INC

(952) 467-6428

305 4TH ST SW, 55397
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1700170

316 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(763) 568-2619

1335 W RIVER ST LOT 32, 55362
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2553713

3202969485

Listed in
(320) 296-9485

185 ARCH ST SE, 55350
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441254

3202969485

Listed in
(320) 296-9485

185 ARCH ST SE, 55350
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441254

35 FATHOMS INC DBA LAKE WEED HARVESTING

Listed in
4228 DUPONT AVE N, 55412
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1101483

35 FATHOMS INC DBA LAKE WEED HARVESTING

Listed in
4228 DUPONT AVE N, 55412
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1101483

356 TOOLS LLC

Listed in
(612) 702-9118

3525 CREEK ROAD, 55318
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2548608

360 LAWN AND LANDSCAPING INC

Listed in
(651) 726-4218

2240 I VINING DRIVE, 55125
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2081730

371 LUMBER

Listed in
(218) 828-8422

18381 STATE HWY 371, 56401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1119885

39189

Listed in
(763) 789-4786

539 LOMIANKI LANE NE, 55421
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1868965

3B FARMS LLC

Listed in
(507) 360-7351

22823 STATE HIGHWAY 91, 56110
Interstate
2378901

3B FARMS LLC

Listed in
(507) 360-7351

22823 STATE HIGHWAY 91, 56110
Interstate
2378901

3B FARMS LLC

Listed in
(507) 360-7351

22823 STATE HIGHWAY 91, 56110
Interstate
2378901

3C CONSTRUCTION & LANDSCAPING INC

Listed in
(952) 469-1718

22710 PINTO LANE, 55044
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1302566

3D SERVICES

Listed in
(320) 632-9453

16297 13TH STREET NORTHWEST, 56345
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1239109

3D UTILITY LLC

Listed in
(612) 205-9909

26363 22ND ST, 55398
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2492148

3DGEOPHYSICS CORPORATION

Listed in
(952) 556-1118

9675 SUMMIT PLACE, 55318
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2278283

3E LIMO SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(612) 636-6305

1779 S FRONTAGE RD, 55033
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2419482

3G ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(763) 571-0300

220 77TH AVE NE, 55432
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379711

3G ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(763) 571-0300

220 77TH AVE NE, 55432
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379711

3J LIMO SERVICE

Listed in
(651) 583-4978

4666 HAYWARD RD N, 55128
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2363702

3K HAULING

Listed in
(320) 760-8634

23875 221ST AVE, 56347
Interstate
2004003

3M COMPANY

Listed in
(651) 575-5729

3M CENTER BUILDING 225 5N-07, 55144-0001
Interstate
107848

3M&A TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(952) 451-1369

609 E 138TH ST, 55337
Interstate
2411293

3MG NORTH LLC

Listed in
(320) 523-1267

2710 W LINCOLN AVE, 56277
Interstate
2435766

3MG NORTH LLC

Listed in
(320) 523-1267

2710 W LINCOLN AVE, 56277
Interstate
2435766