Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Montana

Montana’s sweeping vistas are what give it the nickname “Big Sky Country”. Another reason you’ll see wide-open spaces is there are only 7 people per square mile. When you compare that to a state like Massachusetts with 867 people per square mile you start to get the feeling you’re almost alone.

For people who live in Montana that’s probably just one of the benefits. During some winter months it can be harsh but at other times of the year there are plenty of outdoor activities – hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

Montana Trucking Salary Information

Montana borders Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It is important to note the population breakdowns of popular cities because you might find more local/regional trucking jobs available. The cities with the highest populations are:

  1. Billings
  2. Missoula
  3. Great Falls
  4. Bozeman
  5. Butte-Silver Bow

And in these cities you’ll find the highest salaries for truck drivers. The average yearly salary is $44,700. Of course your salary will differ depending on how many years you’ve been in the business, the experience you’ve had driving different trucks, and what your job duties will be with your new company.

Currently companies have a hard time finding talented and dependable drivers. Therefore many offer higher salaries, benefits including 401K, paid holidays and more. The projected increase in trucking jobs across the U.S. is expected to increase 6% by 2024 and for Montana the percentage is even higher 8%. So it appears you’ve chosen a great profession.

Trucking Jobs Defined
This is only a partial list since there are so many types of trucking jobs, but hopefully it will create enough interest that you’ll want to do more research to find out which type would be most enjoyable for you.

Pulling a Dry Van
If you’re a new driver, this is probably where you’ll start. Usually you’ll pull a 53-foot trailer of dry or non-perishable goods. Since these jobs are easier to get and require the least amount of physical labor and knowledge from the driver they will also be the lowest paying jobs.

But really who cares where you start out? A couple years and you’ve got experience and knowledge that make you a valuable asset so you can move up or move on to another company.

Pulling Reefer or Hauling Refrigerated Freight
These are the units you see on the road with an air conditioner at the front of the trailer. They haul freight that must be kept at specific temperatures, often frozen. Because this job adds that extra level of responsibility you will earn more money.

Freight Haulers
A freight hauler is a broad term that for the most part covers all truckers. You may hear the term used by truckers who aren’t regular freight haulers. For example, a bull hauler might refer to a dry van driver as a freight hauler.

Hauling Flat Bed Loads
These are the guys you see hauling anything too large or bulky for the average truck; from airplanes to scaffolding to military tanks. The loads must be secured more cautiously and sometimes tarped in inclement weather. More work, more danger, more pay when it comes to this trucking job.

Pulling a Low Boy
These trailers are real low to the ground. Most often these low boys are used to haul over-sized, overweight and over length items like half a house for example. Drivers usually require escort vehicles when transporting these loads.

Tankers
Tankers are used, for the most part, to haul liquids. The liquid could be gasoline, milk, or highly explosive chemicals or gases. Drivers need specialized training because it’s easy to turn over when hauling liquids since the center of gravity changes. Also, if you’re hauling hazardous liquids or materials, you’ll need the H endorsement on your commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Montana CDL License Information and Insights

New and Out-of-State Applicants
CDL applicants who do not have a Montana standard driver license (Non-CDL) or who are converting an out-of-state CDL must provide:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Montana residency
  • Proof of authorized presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC)

CDL applicants who do have a Montana standard driver license (Non-CDL) must provide:

  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of authorized presence in the U.S.
  • Valid MEC

You must pass all applicable written tests before you can schedule a road skills test. Once you’ve passed the written tests, you will be issued a learner’s permit, which you must have for two weeks before you can take a road test.

All driver exam stations require appointments for CDL testing. It’s to your advantage as a new applicant to use the CDL Manual and CDL Requirements Guide to prepare for your testing.

Types and Classes of Commercial Licenses

We wanted to breakdown the different types and classes of commercial licenses and some aspects unique to Montana. It can help you realize the career options that might come with each too.
Type 1 Interstate: allows a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.
Type 2 Intrastate: (Montana only) allows a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle intrastate (only within the state of Montana) commerce.

Class A License
Allows the holder to operate any combination of vehicles, including:

  • A vehicle exceeding 26,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that’s towing a trailer over 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle authorized to be driven under Class B, C, or D.

Note: Pre-trip inspection, skills test, and road testing must be completed in a vehicle comparable to the vehicle that you intend to drive. Drivers testing with non-fifth wheel connections (such as a pintle hook) will receive an NT restriction (the trailer must have a GVWR of 10,001 to qualify for Class A testing). The NT restriction indicates that you are not allowed to operate a semi-tractor trailer.

Class B License
Allows the holder to operate:

  • A vehicle exceeding 26,000 GVWR that is towing a trailer at/or under 10,000 pounds GVWR.
  • All vehicles under Class C or D.

Class C License
Allows the holder to operate:

  • A single vehicle under 26,001 pounds.
  • A vehicle that hauls hazardous materials in an amount sufficient to require placarding under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR 391.
  • A school bus, or any vehicle that hauls 16 or more passengers, including the driver.

Commercial License Endorsements

Special endorsements are required before a person with a CDL may transport passengers and certain types of cargo in a commercial motor vehicle. The following endorsements are required under Montana law and federal motor carrier safety regulations:
– Hazardous Materials – security background check required.
– Tank Endorsement
– Passenger
– Double/Triple Trailer

Security Background Check Required
In order to receive a CDL with a hazardous materials endorsement on it the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) must verify that the driver has passed a fingerprint based security threat assessment (background check). The TSA security threat assessment (background check) must be completed prior to applying for the renewal of a Montana CDL, transferring an out-of-state CDL, or adding a hazardous materials endorsement.

In Montana, the security check procedures are not performed at a driver exam station. Instead, the driver must complete the TSA HAZPRINT security application online or by telephone at the TSA agent’s Driver Service Center at 855-347-8371 toll free. After the TSA HAZPRINT application is complete, a driver must have his or her fingerprints taken at the office of an agent hired by the TSA.

Once the official results are in, the applicant must also pass a hazardous materials written test at the driver license exam station.

Common Montana Trucking FAQs

What is a Montana CDLIS MVR?
CDLIS MVR is a complete Montana commercial driving record including all the medical demographic information found on a commercial driver MEC. The Montana CDLIS record contains all of the medical data from the MEC. The standard Montana commercial driving record has limited information about the MEC (i.e.: Medically certified or Not medically certified, and the MEC expiration date). Both records have the complete driving history.

Who can obtain a Montana CDLIS MVR?
Only the driver or the motor carrier who employs (or will employ) the driver.

What is the purpose of a Montana CDLIS MVR?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR Part 391.51 require employers to maintain a file on all their commercial drivers that includes all medical data from the driver’s MEC. The only way employers can obtain a Montana CDLIS MVR is by contacting the Montana CDL helpdesk.

How does a driver or employer obtain a Montana CDLIS MVR?
Contact the MVD CDL Helpdesk:
cdlhelpdesk@mt.gov
(406) 444-3244 (SOURCE)

Montana Trucking Related News

Whitewood Transport in Billings will haul this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on a more than 2,000 mile trek from the Kootenai National Forest to Washington D.C.

This is the 53rd U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and will be officially cut from the Montana forest then laid on a trailer specially designed for the job. A Kenworth T680 Advantage will then embark on a tour of 15 communities and celebrations before reaching its final destination.

The Kenworth T680 Advantage’s distinctive decal design features the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the words “Big Sky. Big Tree. Big Journey.” The T680 also includes the logo of Whitewood Transport.

Mike Wilson, owner of Whitewood Transport said, “You can count on Whitewood Transport to deliver this special gift to the nation safely with the support of our friends at Kenworth.”

Larry Spiekermeier, a driver for Whitewood Transport, who has 1.6-million accident free miles, was selected to drive the special Kenworth T680 Advantage. The tour will make 10 stops in Montana before continuing with stops in North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, and Kentucky.

The fully loaded Kenworth T680 Advantage features the Paccar Powertrain with the MX-13 engine rated at 455-hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque, new Paccar 12-speed automated transmission, and Paccar 40,000-pound tandem rear axle. The T680’s specifications include Kenworth’s TruckTech+ remote diagnostics, driver performance center, predictive cruise control, idle management system, and more (SOURCE)

0HURNI CONSTUCTION LLC

Listed in
(406) 442-2118

685 W MAIN, 59601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1031488

12 GUAGE TIMBER INC

Listed in
(406) 253-1197

2575 HUBBART DAM ROAD, 59925
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2120242

12 GUAGE TIMBER INC

Listed in
(406) 253-1197

2575 HUBBART DAM ROAD, 59925
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2120242

1ST CHOICE COLLISION CENTER INC

Listed in
(406) 433-2277

615 CAMBRIAN LANE, 59270
Interstate
1632312

21 CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(406) 654-1203

266 INDUSTRY ROAD, 59538
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1262035

2MT TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(406) 796-7669

241 BASS ROAD, 59353
Interstate
1654997

3 16 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(406) 281-3193

3567 GRANGER AVE W, 59102
Interstate
2532453

3 BROTHERS PLUMBING & HEATING

Listed in
(406) 449-4343

3 ALBERTINE LANE, 59634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2067369

3 BULL CONTRACTING LLC

Listed in
(406) 672-6031

3300 2ND AVE N STE 3, 59101
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2642000

3 C ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(406) 285-4223

4995 MADISON ROAD, 59752-9455
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2122869

3 C ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(406) 285-4223

4995 MADISON ROAD, 59752-9455
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2122869

3 MOR ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(406) 883-9439

42113 SKID TRAIL, 59860
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1262404

3 RIVERS COMMUNICATIONS

Listed in
(800) 796-4567

6 HIGHWAY 408, 59436
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1259637

3B TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(406) 538-9837

RR 2 BOX 2302, 59457
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1250210

3H SIMMENTAL RANCH LLC

Listed in
(503) 931-6815

23 NELSON LANE, 59859
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2405441

3H SIMMENTAL RANCH LLC

Listed in
(503) 931-6815

23 NELSON LANE, 59859
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2405441

3M’S HAULING

Listed in
(406) 837-9965

257 AERO LANE, 59911
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1354405

3R INDUSTRIES LLC

Listed in
(406) 369-1596

843 MYSTIC HORSE LN, 59828-9522
Interstate
2574456

4 G PLUMBING & HEATING INC

Listed in
(406) 728-1515

5641 W HARRIER, 59808
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1218915

4 RIVERS CONCRETE PRODUCTS INC

Listed in
(406) 842-5735

401 S MAIN, 59749
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1260013

4 SEASONS EXCAVATING AND CONCRETE INC

Listed in
(406) 889-5626

56 TERNING DRIVE EAST, 59917
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1772061

4 W FENCING LLC

Listed in
(406) 431-6824

75 WOOD CREEK RD, 59632-9107
Interstate
2211461

4 X 4 LOGGING

Listed in
(406) 362-4547

4880 4X4 ROAD, 59639-9544
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1144643

406 EXCAVATING LLC

Listed in
(406) 322-0156

10 COUNTRYMAN CREEK ROAD, 59019
Intrastate Hazmat
2555272

406 LOGISTICS AND DIRT LLC

Listed in
(406) 589-4783

211 JETWAY DRIVE, 59714
Interstate
2619908

406 PROPANE LLC

Listed in
(406) 207-0145

5571 ALLOY SOUTH, 59808
Intrastate Hazmat
2521939

4J WELL SERVICE INC

Listed in
(406) 778-3856

1308 S 2ND ST WEST, 59313
Interstate
1254518

4P BAR RANCH

Listed in
(406) 669-3252

7480 POPELKA RD, 59057
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2347275

4P BAR RANCH

Listed in
(406) 669-3252

7480 POPELKA RD, 59057
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2347275

5D TRANSPORT

Listed in
(406) 570-5588

28 RAIN SHADOW DRIVE, 59714-8898
Interstate
2415564

5X EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(406) 366-1030

1043 WEST I RD, 59088
Interstate
2380771

5X EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(406) 366-1030

1043 WEST I RD, 59088
Interstate
2380771

6 M RANCH INC

Listed in
(406) 557-2749

45 NORTH FOUR CORNERS ROAD, 59318
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1008613

6J FARMS INC

Listed in
(701) 744-5167

15852 36TH ST NW, 59221
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1225369

7L LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(406) 485-2203

2266 MT HWY 200 W, 59214
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2367860

9 MILE TRADER

Listed in
(406) 240-8983

10569 RUSTIC ROAD, 59802
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1414409

A & A ASPHALT MAINTENANCE

Listed in
(406) 728-1287

13441 LACASSE LANE, 59808
Intrastate Hazmat
1408511

A & A STIEG WHOLESALE INC

Listed in
(406) 775-6448

19 MAIN STREET, 59324
Intrastate Hazmat
1272569

A & D TRUCKKING LLC

Listed in
(406) 387-4350

412 4TH ST SOUTH, 59926
Interstate
2331912

A & D TRUCKKING LLC

Listed in
(406) 387-4350

412 4TH ST SOUTH, 59926
Interstate
2331912

A & E HOTSHOT

Listed in
(406) 436-2192

121 NORTH TRAUTMAN, 59317
Interstate
2390236

A & H CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(406) 490-8811

4037 WYNNE, 59701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1259669

A & K CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(406) 460-1110

805 1ST STREET NORTH, 59474
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1260028

A & M SITEWORK INC

Listed in
(406) 579-0377

190 PACHE RD, 59714
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1753865

A & M TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(406) 752-6177

1269 MOUNTAIN MEADOW RD, 59901
Interstate
2269041

A & R LOWBOY SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(406) 728-6716

634 MICHIGAN AVENUE, 59802-5582
Interstate
1123167

A & R TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(509) 520-0070

402 6TH ST W, 59218
Interstate
2253034

A & S LOGGING

Listed in
(406) 754-2890

MILE POST 44 HWY 83, 59826
Interstate
1218946

A A A CONSTRUCTION OF MISSOULA LLC

Listed in
(406) 251-4995

3376 TRAILS END ROAD, 59803
Interstate
1218986

A JAY INTERNATIONAL

Listed in
(406) 781-1238

661 4TH RD NE, 59436
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1648242

A K & S CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(406) 570-2360

101 CENTRAL PARK RD, 59714
Interstate
1108032

A ORTEGA & SONS LLC

Listed in
(406) 682-4789

109 MOORES CREEK CT, 59729
Interstate
1270761

A T KLEMENS & SON INC

Listed in
(406) 452-9541

814 12TH STREET NORTH, 59401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1263190

A W CUSTOM SEED CLEANING

Listed in
(406) 787-5592

5366 ROAD 1023, 59218
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2374009

A-1 LOGGING

Listed in
(406) 696-0973

3920 BITTERROOT DRIVE, 59105
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1794659

A-1 SANITATION INC

Listed in
(406) 755-3938

351 E EVERGREEN, 59901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1222762

A-1 YELLOWSTONE SEWER

Listed in
(406) 248-2962

2305 9TH AVE NORTH, 59101
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1602208

A-10 DRILLING INC

Listed in
(406) 227-2662

6220 HWY 12 E, 59635
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1465801

A-ABEL MOVING & RIGGING INC

Listed in
(406) 549-4964

14100 HIGHWAY 93 NORTH, 59808
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1258355

A-H SERVICES INC

Listed in
(406) 570-7370

170 WILDHORSE TRAIL, 59714
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2368690

A1 ALLSTATE SEALERS JL MAINTENACE

Listed in
(406) 727-2272

3327 CENTRAL AVE WEST, 59404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1806383

A1 LANDSCAPING & NURSERY

Listed in
(406) 656-1932

1730 S 48TH ST W, 59106
Interstate
1117571

A1 OUTBACK CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(406) 882-4642

11165 SOUTH HIGHWAY 93, 59918
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1333828

AAA CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(406) 452-0300

3128 UPPER RIVER ROAD, 59405
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1262442

AAA FOUNDATION CO

Listed in
(406) 453-9651

2100 17TH STREET SO, 59406
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1570699

AAA TREES ON THE MOVE

Listed in
(406) 628-1501

30 UNRUH LN, 59041
Interstate
1283255

AAAA WATER WELL INC

Listed in
(406) 459-8050

20 MERGANTHALER ROAD, 59634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1471761

AANIIIH NAKODA COLLEGE

Listed in
(406) 353-2607

269 BLACKFEET AVENUE-AGENCY, 59526
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2480163

AARONS SALES AND LEASE

Listed in
(406) 585-7760

706 NORTH 7TH AVE, 59715
Interstate
2379058

AARONS SALES AND LEASE

Listed in
(406) 585-7760

706 NORTH 7TH AVE, 59715
Interstate
2379058

AARONS SALES AND LEASE

Listed in
(406) 585-7760

706 NORTH 7TH AVE, 59715
Interstate
2379058

AARONS SALES AND LEASE OWNERSHIP

Listed in
(406) 294-9432

3130 GRAND AVE SUITE 100-121, 59102
Interstate
2075246

ABC GLASS & SIGNS INC

Listed in
(406) 234-1234

1920 VALLEY DRIVE EAST, 59301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1577117

ABC SEAMLESS OF BILLINGS INC

Listed in
(406) 256-5477

838 MULLOWNEY LANE, 59101
Interstate
1214575

ABLE TREE SERVICE INC

Listed in
(406) 549-9310

300 S GARFIELD #4, 59801
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2359767

ABRAHAM CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Listed in
(406) 442-2140

4 BOMPART BLVD, 59634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2630580

ABRAHAMSON TRUCKING

Listed in
(406) 654-1364

132 S 5TH SW, 59538-1351
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1483382

ABSAROKEE EXCAVATING LLC

Listed in
(406) 663-2211

629 RAPELJE RD, 59019
Intrastate Hazmat
2482698

ABZ TRUCKING

Listed in
(406) 570-1106

565 MADISON ROAD, 59752
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1615082

AC LOGGING

Listed in
(406) 683-4570

300 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, 59725
Intrastate Hazmat
1531458

ACCIACCA LAND AND CATTLE

Listed in
(406) 467-2287

249 COUNTYLINE RD, 59436
Interstate
1845091

ACE DRILLING

Listed in
(406) 883-3300

36144 CAFFERY ROAD, 59860
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1282098

ACE ELECTRIC INC

Listed in
(406) 628-8886

808 WEST MAIN, 59044
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1214361

ACE LOGGING

Listed in
(406) 980-1373

306 N MAPLE STREET, 59644-2412
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2175394

ACE ROOFING

Listed in
(406) 578-2107

104 ELLIOT ST S, 59086
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2516703

ACES & EIGHTS TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(406) 600-9369

1500 N RIVER AVE, 59330
Interstate
2580612

ACME ASPHALT INDUSTRIES INC

Listed in
(406) 797-8177

118 EAST 7TH STREET, 59711
Intrastate Hazmat
1153257

ACS INC

Listed in
(406) 580-3186

86 KOA RD, 59752
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2584057

ACTION ELECTRIC LLC

Listed in
(406) 245-9551

1010 CENTRAL AVE SUITE 4, 59102
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2148931

ACTION FOR EASTERN MONTANA

Listed in
(406) 377-3564

2030 NORTH MERRILL, 59330
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1269709

ADAM BISHOP LOGGING

Listed in
(406) 261-8359

517 MAPLE DR, 59901
Interstate
1317732

ADAM PARKE TRUCKING

Listed in
(406) 288-3265

1174 DEER HAVEN DRIVE, 59722
Interstate
1265993

ADAMS ASPHALT

Listed in
(406) 654-2300

231 NORTH 1ST EAST, 59538-1705
Intrastate Hazmat
1171002

ADAMS RANCH AND TREES INC

Listed in
(406) 849-5613

24991 BLACK LAKE RD, 59914
Interstate
1292132

ADAMS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(406) 248-8955

1015 MONROE AVE, 59601
Interstate
2176830

ADAMS WOOD PRODUCTS

Listed in
(406) 388-6702

804 OREGON ST, 59714
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1259651

ADF INTERNATIONAL INC

Listed in
(406) 315-3781

1900 GREAT BEAR AVENUE, 59404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2474050

ADN CROSS 9 RANCH

Listed in
(406) 452-5667

1412 3RD WEST HILL DRV, 59404
Interstate
1607823

ADVANCE MOBILE HOME TRANSPORT

Listed in
(406) 202-6188

1075 MILL ROAD, 59601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1272691

ADVANCED COMPOSTING LLC

Listed in
(406) 862-3854

195 MEADOWS ROAD, 59937
Interstate
1502688