Trucking Companies and CDL Information in New Mexico

Chili peppers, aliens, and pottery are extremely popular in New Mexico, especially the Santa Fe (state capital), Roswell, and Taos areas respectively. Bordering New Mexico are Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas and Utah. In Taos there’s a ski resort, and yes, New Mexico has four seasons with snow in winter.

The largest populated cities in the state are as follows:

  • Albuquerque: 545,852
  • Las Cruces: 97,618
  • Rio Rancho: 87,521
  • Santa Fe: 67,947
  • Roswell: 48,366

Los Alamos is home to the museum that houses Little Boy and Fat Man, the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan in 1945. That’s a big attraction for tourists as is Roswell because of alien abductions and spaceship sightings. Santa Fe has a lot of art museums and Taos has working American Indian pueblos, which are far more interesting than bombs.

Besides tourism, New Mexico’s most profitable industries are agriculture and mining. Good news if you’re a truck driver! If you are looking for a career that can take you anywhere you want to go, being a truck driver is it. You can choose to be a local driver and have the same customers and stops each day.

You could be a regional driver delivering goods to surrounding states and enjoying the view of impressive mountains and blue skies. If you love to drive to new places, an over the road truck driver job could be for you. It’s possible you could see a lot of the U.S. and Canada but you will be away from family and friends for weeks at a time.

Regardless of your family situation, personal preferences, and experience there are enough trucking positions out there so you can find the one that suits you best.

New Mexico Trucking Salary Information

The average salary for a truck driver in New Mexico is $42,610 and for hourly rate drivers the average is $20.49. Median income is figured in a different way. Instead of taking all salaries, adding them together and then dividing by the total number of salaries, median income is the income that is exactly in the middle – meaning 50% of salaries are more and 50% are less.

Median income for a truck driver in the U.S. is $41,340 and in New Mexico it’s a bit less at $39,570. However, there are several factors than can affect that number. Depending on your experience with driving different types of trucks, your years of experience, and any endorsements you add to your CDL, you will be making more or less.

Also, if you look at the median salary in specific cities, the numbers often look better (SOURCE):

  1. Farmington: $41,120
  2. Albuquerque: $39,750
  3. Santa Fe: $36,990
  4. Las Cruces: $31,630

Usually the larger the city, the more the salary. Projections for increased trucking jobs between 2014 and 2024 is 5% for New Mexico which is right in line with the rest of the country at 6%.

New Mexico CDL License Information and Insights

To get a New Mexico commercial driver license you’ll need a non-commercial (regular, Class D) New Mexico driver license or a valid out-of-state commercial driver license (CDL). Written tests are not required to exchange a valid out-of-state CDL for a New Mexico CDL as long as it has the same class and endorsements.

Any driver that needs a hazardous materials (Hazmat) endorsement must take a written test, be fingerprinted, and get a background check. Example of License Restrictions that may be attached to a CDL:

  • B – Corrective lenses must be worn while driving
  • C – Mechanical Aids – driver is limited to vehicles equipped with suitable mechanical aids, such as hand controls, special brakes, or other kinds of adaptive devices
  • D – Prosthetic Aids – must use prosthetic aids (other than corrective lenses) while driving
  • E – Can drive CMV with automatic transmission only (This restriction will be removed after you pass a full Skills Test.)
  • K – Intrastate (within state lines) commerce only
  • L – No air brakes (This restriction can be removed once you pass the Air Brake Knowledge Test and full Skills Test.)
  • M – No Class A passenger vehicle
  • N – No Class A or B passenger vehicle
  • O – No tractor-trailer. (Restriction will be removed once a full Skills Test in a tractor-trailer is passed.)
  • S – Limited to government plated vehicles
  • T – Limited to buses only
  • V – Medical variance (Federal or state waiver for a physical or vision condition.)
  • X – CDL Permit restriction – No cargo in CMV tank. Usually reserved for a CLP holder.
  • Z – No full air brake equipped CMV

Application Process and CDL License Restrictions in New Mexico

Bring the originals of the following documents:

  • Out-of-state CDL or New Mexico driver license
  • Proof of Identification such as Social Security Card and Passport
  • Commercial Driver Medical Certificate and/or any medical waiver issued. Must be completed by a medical professional from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
  • Proof of identity (including date of birth)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence status in the U.S.
  • Two (2) pieces of proof of physical residency in New Mexico, such as property tax and mortgage statement. A P.O. Box is not acceptable.

New Mexico Trucking and Transportation in the News

A deaf man in New Mexico earned his Commercial Drivers License this summer. Fernando Ramirez-Savon is the first deaf truck driver to receive a license in New Mexico. He worked with CNM Disability Resource Center to comply with the required standards and received his CDL.

“The reason I wanted to learn to be a truck driver is because when I was young in Cuba, my dad drove trucks. So he taught me how to do that.” Until recently he was unable to qualify for a CDL because of his hearing impairments.

In 2013 the DOT changed the requirements so that deaf individuals can receive a CDL. Ramirez-Savon was required to take the same tests required by any other truck driver. Also, he had to drive completely independently. No interpreter could sit in the passenger seat.

This story is not without controversy, especially from other truck drivers. There were plenty of comments after this article was published (SOURCE).

1 CALL CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(505) 804-9801

1517 ALAMO AVENUE SE, 87110
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1953477

10 PERCENT TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 512-7256

1438 WHEELER ST, 88119
Interstate
2575728

101 PIPE & CASING

Listed in
(505) 343-1101

5609 ALAMEDA PLACE, 87113
Interstate
1900068

101 TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 730-1192

713 SHIRLEY ST NE, 87123
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1526760

1959

Listed in
(505) 287-4870

1008 E ELKINS RD, 87021
Interstate
2630778

1ST BACKHOE SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(575) 318-1383

323 HICKMAN ST, 88240
Interstate
2531884

2 BROS TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 399-6071

7611 N ROLLING MEADOWS, 88242
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2114845

2 BROS TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 399-6071

7611 N ROLLING MEADOWS, 88242
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2114845

2 BROTHERS TRAILER MOVING

Listed in
(575) 390-5803

5910 E PIONEER, 88240
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2174508

2 SPEC ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(505) 293-0071

630 LOUISIANA SE, 87108
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1604625

20 X TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 722-6904

P O BOX 1789, 87305
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1087067

20 X TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 722-6904

P O BOX 1789, 87305
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1087067

22 BAR LLC

Listed in
(575) 745-9902

501 S 6TH ST, 88256
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2088866

24 7 OILFIELD SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(575) 631-5849

102 32ND STREET, 88260
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2408810

24 E CROCKETT

Listed in
(505) 396-3790

24 E CROCKETT, 88260
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1237107

2808 LAS CRUCES NE

Listed in
(505) 400-7074

2808 LAS CRUCES NE, 87110
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1832934

2ND CHANCE TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 369-9494

524 PALISADES DR SW, 87105
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2131679

3 AS TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 319-6919

336 APPALOOSA DR, 87031
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2585417

3 BROTHERS TRUCKING

Listed in
(915) 850-8910

320 N 3RD ST, 88260
Interstate
2251254

3 G WELL SERVICE COMPANY LLP

Listed in
(575) 627-2023

500 N MAIN, 88201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2433165

3 G WELL SERVICE COMPANY LLP

Listed in
(575) 627-2023

500 N MAIN, 88201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2433165

3 STAR TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 659-5431

1513 OSAGE SW, 87105
Interstate
1058472

3 T TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(575) 309-4468

400 SOUTHLAND DR, 88101
Interstate
2370888

3-W CATTLE CO

Listed in
(575) 456-8056

990 CR 47, 88112
Interstate
2127536

330 MOBILE HOME TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(505) 715-8927

2514 MARTA WAY SW, 87121
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2339585

330 MOBILE HOME TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(505) 715-8927

2514 MARTA WAY SW, 87121
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2339585

3D SERVICES

Listed in
(575) 706-4605

5410 OLD CAVERN HWY, 88220
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2171077

3D TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 318-8350

1310 ROSE LN, 88240
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2114728

3D TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 318-8350

1310 ROSE LN, 88240
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2114728

3E ENERGY SERVICES INC

Listed in
(505) 334-3662

640 PIONEER AVE, 87410
Interstate
2019540

3G TRANSPORT SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(575) 605-9518

2819 N 10TH ST, 88260
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2424731

3J TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(575) 689-8520

13927 LAMESA, 88240
Interstate
2101075

3RD GENERATION EXCAVATION SERVICES

Listed in
(505) 975-1410

1844 GALLINAS DR, 87144
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1557102

4 ACES TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 993-1260

19 PAPRIKA, 87930
Interstate
2202262

4 CORNERS WELL SERVICE INC

Listed in
(970) 799-6394

407 N AUBURN, 87401
Interstate
2118086

4 CORNERS WELL SERVICE INC

Listed in
(970) 799-6394

407 N AUBURN, 87401
Interstate
2118086

4 E’S XPRESS LLC

Listed in
(505) 873-5606

625 NOWICKI LANE SW, 87105
Interstate
1019749

4 KIES TRANSPORT

Listed in
(575) 915-6308

526 HURT RD, 88007
Interstate
2559120

4 KIES TRANSPORT

Listed in
(575) 915-6308

526 HURT RD, 88007
Interstate
2559120

4 STATES CONSTRUCTION & FIELD SERVICE INC

Listed in
(505) 327-6534

5885 PENNY LANE, 87415
Interstate
1110131

4-J FARM & CATTLE INC

Listed in
(575) 799-7580

1200 CR W, 88101
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2443011

4-J FARM & CATTLE INC

Listed in
(575) 799-7580

1200 CR W, 88101
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2443011

4B SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(575) 631-1242

8125 N DAL PASO, 88242
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2545733

4D TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(575) 513-0550

26 HEATH ST, 88210
Interstate
2411036

4K TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 441-8505

2203 PONDER LN, 88260
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1784096

5 EAGLE TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(575) 649-3669

117 BEDROCK PL, 87940
Interstate
2487301

5 M AND N TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(505) 832-6444

188 SHETLAND RD, 87035
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1089932

5 M AND N TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(505) 832-6444

188 SHETLAND RD, 87035
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1089932

50-50 BACKHOE SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(575) 748-5549

506 S 13 ST, 88210
Interstate
2286036

505 STUDIO RENTALS LLC

Listed in
(505) 975-3837

150 WOODWARD RD SE, 87102
Interstate
1196744

550 WATER SERVICE

Listed in
(505) 632-1219

12341 HWY 550 SOUTH, 87413
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1630745

7 STARS TRUCKING

Listed in
(915) 539-1629

268 W LISA DR, 88081
Interstate
1173144

814 SOLUTIONS LLC

Listed in
(505) 872-0846

5750 PINO AVENUE NE, 87109
Interstate
2053441

8A EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(505) 259-3833

119 EL CERRO LOOP, 87031
Interstate
1525894

99 CATTLE COMPANY

Listed in
(575) 849-9966

301 SUMMIT, 88318
Interstate
1344594

A – WALL BUILDERS

Listed in
(505) 384-0023

HWY 337 #9141, 87016
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2026737

A & A CATTLE COMPANY

Listed in
(575) 748-1329

2608 BAY MEADOWS DRIVE, 88201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2381872

A & A CATTLE COMPANY

Listed in
(575) 748-1329

2608 BAY MEADOWS DRIVE, 88201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2381872

A & A CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(505) 203-3331

12041 CENTRAL, 87105
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1161474

A & A MOBILE HOME MOVERS

Listed in
(505) 865-0424

06 MURPHY CIRCLE, 87042
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1098165

A & A MOBILE HOME MOVERS

Listed in
(505) 865-0424

06 MURPHY CIRCLE, 87042
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1098165

A & A PUMPING SERVICE

Listed in
(505) 864-4618

415 N 4TH STREET, 87002
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1618881

A & A ROOFING INC

Listed in
(505) 312-5753

8492 DIAMOND CIRCLE, 88012
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1698630

A & A SEPTIC SERVICE

Listed in
(505) 758-7554

62 CAMINO SUR, 87557
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1290710

A & A TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(575) 546-0125

1420 CASA GRANDES ROAD SW, 88030
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1730534

A & B SAND & GRAVEL

Listed in
(505) 753-4704

ROUTE 1 BOX 7-D, 87567
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1145070

A & C TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 523-3999

402 BLAIR OHIO, 88029
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1247148

A & D TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(575) 390-5247

1118 S MAIN, 88267
Interstate
2529775

A & D TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 714-3606

900 NM AVE, 87701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1261711

A & D TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 396-2785

RT 2 BOX 47-H, 88260
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1356637

A & D TRUCKING

Listed in
(915) 540-3236

3716 SUMAC TRAIL, 88101
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1806076

A & D TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 268-1602

3921 HOMESTEAD ST, 88101
Interstate
2054257

A & D TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 531-2384

1316 N BOUNDARY, 88029
Interstate
2082872

A & E OILFIELD SERVICE INC

Listed in
(505) 605-1587

319 N 8TH STREET, 88240
Intrastate Hazmat
1714707

A & F TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 461-1486

614 EAST SIMITH, 88401
Intrastate Hazmat
1080196

A & G TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 523-3999

150 W GRAND PERCHA RD, 87930
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1405190

A & G TRUCKING

Listed in
(469) 989-1483

716 59TH ST NW, 87105
Interstate
2347552

A & G TRUCKING

Listed in
(469) 989-1483

716 59TH ST NW, 87105
Interstate
2347552

A & G TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 537-3704

108 EAST ST, 88023
Interstate
2405342

A & G TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 537-3704

108 EAST ST, 88023
Interstate
2405342

A & G TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(575) 522-1475

755 STELSHOR BLVD STE 101A, 88011
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1736226

A & H TRUCKING

Listed in
(575) 746-9368

18 BULLSNAKE ROAD, 88210
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2045553

A & J EUIPMENT LLC

Listed in
(505) 280-0632

2048 HWY 1, 87801
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2151744

A & J EXTINGUISHERS

Listed in
(575) 517-0486

97 CHAMBONE ROAD, 87823
Intrastate Hazmat
2552159

A & J REPOS

Listed in
(575) 649-1572

4952 SOUTH FORK, 88012
Interstate
1167945

A & L TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 454-3831

304 PECOS STREET, 87701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1118760

A & L TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(915) 355-5118

1418 LIVESAY ST, 88021
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2174177

A & M BOBCAT RENTAL

Listed in
(505) 471-2388

51 B ESTRELLAS RD N, 87507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1273843

A & M TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 896-6139

1512 21ST NW, 87144
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1580810

A & N LABOR CONTRACTING INC

Listed in
(915) 525-2950

317 S LUBY, 88030
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2022885

A & R CONCRETE TRANSPORT

Listed in
(505) 414-0742

11004 PARK NOTH ST NW, 87114
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2285602

A & R MEDICAL SUPPLY

Listed in
(505) 256-1610

5010 LOMAS BLVD NE, 87110
Intrastate Hazmat
1569745

A & R ORNELAS TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 392-0911

7410 N BUTLER, 88240
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1582004

A & R PACHECO TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 877-7851

4612 FOREMAN ROAD SW, 87105-6406
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1164393

A & R TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(505) 280-1951

2 QUAIL RUN, 87031
Interstate
2476721

A & R TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 615-2243

1918 RAYO DEL SOL SW, 87121
Interstate
1138381

A & R TRUCKING

Listed in
(915) 549-3008

1192 SAN PEDRO DR, 88081
Interstate
1867076

A & S CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(505) 758-3097

69 LOS CORDOVAS, 87571
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1271067

A & S PLUMBING INC

Listed in
(505) 872-2897

5720 INDUSTRY WAY SE, 87105
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1185741

A & S TRUCKING

Listed in
(505) 238-0648

10507 JENARO SW, 87105
Interstate
1080171