Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Rhode Island

It may be the smallest state in the U.S., but Rhode Island is big on business. There are a variety of opportunities for truck drivers in this state. A quick search pulled up the following:

  1. Class A local drivers
  2. Tractor Trailer driver
  3. Class A regional drivers
  4. Line Haul
  5. Refrigerated OTR
  6. Route driver

So regardless of your preference for driving, you should be able to find a trucking job that suits you well. Rhode Island has more than 400 miles of coastline, plus cultural and historical attractions. Roger Williams founded the Rhode Island Colony in 1636, offering residents religious and political freedom.

A lot of religious refugees from the Massachusetts Bay Colony moved to the Rhode Island Colony. The state is known for tourism, manufacturing jewelry, electronics, and ocean technologies.

Rhode Island Trucking Salary Information and Job Growth

Cities in Rhode Island with the largest population are:

  1. Providence: 178,042 – the capital
  2. Warwick: 82,672
  3. Cranston: 80,387
  4. Pawtucket: 71,148
  5. East Providence: 47,037

The majority of trucking jobs can be found in these cities, but even if you’re from a smaller town don’t let that stop you because opportunity is everywhere. The projected increase in the Rhode Island trucking industry between 2014 and 2024 is 9% whereas the overall increase for the U.S. is 6%.

For the more than 3,000 truck drivers in Rhode Island, salaries are quite good. The median salary in the U.S. is $41,340 while in Rhode Island it’s $44,040. The average Rhode Island trucker salary is $45,290. Depending on where you look you may be able to find a higher salary and sometimes even a signing bonus.

In the Norwich/New London area, the median trucker’s salary is $44,770 and in Providence/Fall River/Warwick it’s $44,200 (SOURCE). So you can make a good living driving trucks and simultaneously keep America’s businesses thriving. If you long for the open road and want to see the U.S. an OTR driving job can give you that opportunity. Any extra endorsements you have on your CDL and any experience you’ve already had can increase your salary.

Rhode Island CDL License Requirements and Information

Proof of Legal Status
When renewing, applying, updating or transferring a CDL, all drivers must provide proof that they are U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, as well as proof of Rhode Island residency. This is required by 49 CFR 383.71.

Who’s Eligible For A CDL?
Any person 21 years and older. If you are between 18 and 20 years of age, you can get an intrastate license (driving within state lines). Before you can apply, you have to have had a valid driver’s license for at least two years, with no suspensions or revocations.

Medical Certification Requirements
All DOT medical exams must be performed by “Certified” medical examiners found on the National Registry website.

  1. The FMSCA requires CDL drivers and Certified Medical Doctors to use the New Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Report.
  2. You must present a valid Medical Card or Certificate to obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP).
  3. All CDL holders must show their Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Medical Examination Report Form for all transactions of non-excepted drivers.
  4. Fill out the Self Certification Form
  5. Present your new Medical Card or Certificate to the DMV within 15 days.

Note: Failure to comply with any of these requirements will result in your CDL license being downgraded to a regular operators’ license.

Taking The CDL Test in Rhode Island

Let the testing begin!

  1. The written tests are given at the Cranston DMV headquarters.
  2. You must pass any written tests before you can take the skills test. If you fail the written tests you need to wait five business days before retaking.
  3. After passing all required tests you can apply for the permit necessary to take the skills text.
  4. The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) administers the skills test.

Your Rhode Island CDL License
Before you can receive a Commercial Driver’s License, applicants must apply for a CDL instruction permit. You’ll receive the instruction permit after you pass the written exam. Applicants must show a valid Medical Card to obtain a permit if they are Self-Certified in a non-excepted status.

CDL Military Skills Test Waiver
The CDL Military Skills Test Waiver form must be used by service members who are currently licensed and who are/were employed for one year in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).

This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without taking a skills test. CDL written test(s) cannot be waived. The form must be signed by commanding officer.

HAZMAT Regulations
The TSA and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) rules require fingerprinting and background checks of all commercial drivers carrying the HAZMAT endorsement on their CDL. Here are a few good things to note:

  1. All applicants for CDL renewals must comply with the Proof of Status documentation requirements.
  2. All CDL customers will be required to show their Medical Examiners Certificate for all transactions.
  3. Renewals are done at the DMV Cranston headquarters only.
  4. To renew your Rhode Island CDL bring your current CDL and your renewal form. If you did not receive a renewal form in the mail, bring your current CDL.
  5. Licenses are valid for a maximum of five years. If you are 70 years of age or older, your license will be valid for two years.
  6. You must comply 60 days in advance with all HAZMAT regulations.
  7. Licenses that have been expired for one year or more cannot be renewed. You must take all written exams, obtain a commercial driver’s permit, and pass a road skills test.
  8. You will be issued a temporary license valid for 60 days. The actual license will be mailed to you.

Rhode Island Trucking in the News

A big rig hauling a load that weighs seven times more than what’s allowed on Rhode Island bridges was forced to park on the side of the highway in the area of Route 4 on I-95. It will remain there until inspectors figure out how to get it out of the state.

The 16-axle truck was carrying a generator weighing in at 560,000 pounds, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), while the state’s maximum allowable load without a special permit is 80,000 pounds.

The company trying to transport the oversized load was Bay Crane Northeast and actually they had submitted a request for clearance to drive through Rhode Island but the application was still in the process of being reviewed when the truck departed Quonset Point en route to Massachusetts. No one knows why it left without clearance.

Had the truck travelled over a structurally deficient bridge, it could have caused a critical failure and the driver and any other motorists on that bridge at the time would have suffered the horrid consequences.

Since the truck had already driven over four bridges in Rhode Island, those bridges had to be re-inspected to ensure they’re structurally sound (SOURCE).

1800GOTJUNK

Listed in
(401) 255-4724

1197 EDDIE DOWLING HWY, 2896
Interstate
2130256

3 D’S TRUCKING & DIESEL REPAIR INC

Listed in
(401) 692-6576

17 COLUMBIA AVENUE, 02865-3237
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1041916

401 AUTO TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(401) 654-8914

28 LYNCH STREET, 2908
Interstate
2535497

7 C S EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(401) 644-6382

15 LEVALLEY STREET, 2893
Interstate
2444406

7 C S EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(401) 644-6382

15 LEVALLEY STREET, 2893
Interstate
2444406

A & E TRUCKING SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(401) 345-2064

101 WOLLASTON STREET, 02910-2716
Interstate
2457244

A & H DUFFY POLISHING AND FINISHING CO

Listed in
(401) 785-9203

90 GLEN ROAD, 2920
Interstate
1043094

A & W PLASTERING

Listed in
(401) 438-8024

87 CENTRAL AVENUE, 02914-4306
Interstate
1606068

A AIRLINE EXPRESS LIMOUSINE & CAR SERVICE INC

Listed in
(401) 295-1100

164 MINER ROAD, 2874
Interstate
1144076

A AND F CONCRETE FORMS INC

Listed in
(401) 654-6636

74 MILL STREET SUTE B, 2919
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1430392

A B HOXIE INC

Listed in
(401) 364-0118

3810 OLD POST ROAD, 2813
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1265744

A CUT ABOVE LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(401) 261-1227

1 WELLINGTON ROAD, 2865
Interstate
1629888

A D TRUCKING

Listed in
(401) 421-4715

1 TANNER STREET, 2907
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1930366

A FURTADO’S PAVING AND EXCAVATING LLC

Listed in
(401) 226-1972

1266 SOUTH BROADWAY, 2914
Interstate
2040548

A M TRUCKING

Listed in
(401) 368-2110

3 LAUREL ST, 2911
Interstate
1635959

A MACARI CONSTRUCTION CO INC

Listed in
(401) 481-1700

205 LOCUST GLEN DRIVE, 2921
Interstate
2373267

A MASONRY COMPANY INC

Listed in
(401) 231-0300

14 LOG ROAD, 2917
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2354062

A MASONRY COMPANY INC

Listed in
(401) 231-0300

14 LOG ROAD, 2917
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2354062

A P R DISTRIBUTORS INC

Listed in
(401) 663-3333

257 DOVER AVE, 2914
Interstate
2642950

A R C TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(401) 996-5526

204 MAGNOLIA ST, 2909
Interstate
1894232

A STAR BOAT HAULERS INC

Listed in
(401) 294-9662

45 WEST ALLENTOWN ROAD, 2852
Interstate
1370104

A STAR WASTE DISPOSAL INC

Listed in
(401) 450-2672

241 ARMISTICE BOULEVARD, 2860
Interstate
1515273

A T CALDARONE CO INC

Listed in
(401) 467-2555

1909 ELMWOOD AVE, 2888
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1818371

A T CROSS COMPANY

Listed in
(401) 335-8550

ONE ALBION ROAD, 2865
Interstate
2486187

A TRADITIONAL SWEEP LLC

Listed in
(401) 682-2900

72 VIKING DRIVE, 2871
Interstate
1208848

A-1 PAVING LLC

Listed in
(401) 683-1019

113 SCHOOL HOUSE LANE, 2871
Interstate
1057221

A-1 RESTAURANT SUPPLY

Listed in
(401) 421-7030

221 ADMIRAL STREET, 2908
Interstate
1025019

A-1 ROLLOFF DISPOSAL INC

Listed in
(401) 263-9009

348 WARWICK NECK AVENUE, 2889
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1766599

A-PASCO MOVING & STORAGE INC

Listed in
(800) 293-2417

99 JAMES P MURPHY HWY, 2893
Interstate
1782706

A-STAR OIL

Listed in
(401) 228-7447

100 HAY ST, 2893
Interstate
1725167

A&R LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(401) 464-0494

139 LAUREL HILL AVE, 2909
Interstate
2137088

AA THRIFTY SIGN & AWNING

Listed in
(401) 738-8055

221 JEFFERSON BOULEVARD, 2888
Interstate
2115777

AA THRIFTY SIGN & AWNING

Listed in
(401) 738-8055

221 JEFFERSON BOULEVARD, 2888
Interstate
2115777

AA TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(401) 996-4272

90 MOORE STREET, 2860
Interstate
1817900

AAA MOBILE WARE HOUSING CO INC

Listed in
(401) 941-1000

570 WELLINGTON AVE, 2910
Interstate
2261912

AAA ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Listed in
(401) 868-2302

110 ROYAL LITTLE DRIVE, 2904
Interstate
2545016

ABLE INDUSTRIAL SWEEPING INC

Listed in
(401) 434-3440

74 MOORLAND AVE, 2914
Interstate
1500249

ABM ENTERPRISE

Listed in
3 LAKESIDE AVENUE, 2888
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1089207

ABM ENTERPRISE

Listed in
3 LAKESIDE AVENUE, 2888
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1089207

ABM ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

38 EAST ST, 2893
Interstate
2632474

ABOVE AND BEYOND TREE SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(401) 529-4903

460 GEORGE WASHINGTON HWY, 2917
Interstate
1469997

AC TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(401) 722-8825

99 MAGILL STREET, 2860
Interstate
1111514

ACCENT MOVING & STORAGE

Listed in
(508) 285-4735

1 TIFFANY STREET, 2863
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1704603

ACCESS NEWPORT

Listed in
(401) 842-0777

1272 WEST MAIN ROAD, 2842
Interstate
1074857

ACCESSPOINT RI

Listed in
(401) 942-2388

21 PLAMER AVENUE, 2920
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1729986

ACE ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(401) 615-9619

14 CLYDE STREET, 2893
Interstate
1834725

ACE TRANSPORT LIMITED

Listed in
(401) 765-0077

103 GLEN ROAD, 2895
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1476926

ACORN OIL CO INC

Listed in
(401) 724-3498

227 CLEVELAND ST, 2860
Intrastate Hazmat
1055850

ADAM CHIPPO’S DISTRIBUTION

Listed in
(401) 309-9612

635 ST PAUL ST, 2896
Interstate
1846151

ADMIRAL PACKAGING INC

Listed in
(401) 274-7000

10 ADMIRAL ST, 02908-6025
Interstate
18489

ADVANCED BUSINESS MACHINES INC

Listed in
(401) 232-7000

11 POWDER HILL ROAD, 2865
Interstate
1794688

ADVANCED CARPET CARE INC

Listed in
(401) 331-8650

22 CASPERSON AVE, 2852
Interstate
1067444

ADVANCED GREEN SOLUTIONS

Listed in
(401) 780-1377

18 EARL STREET, 2893
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2553440

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SEAMLESS GUTTERS LLC

Listed in
(401) 491-9889

340 KINGSTOWN ROAD, 2892
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1752278

ADVANTAGE EQUIPMENT RENTALS LLC

Listed in
(401) 739-8300

400 LINCOLN AVENUE, 2888
Interstate
1108572

ADVANTAGE FARMS

Listed in
(401) 766-4139

260 POUND HILL RD, 2896
Interstate
1467608

ADVENTURE KING LLC

Listed in
(401) 440-6992

27 PRESTON LN, 2878
Interstate
2509541

AEI SUBSURFACE

Listed in
(401) 289-2400

6 MAUDSLEY AVENUE, 2806
Interstate
1401102

AETNA BRIDGE COMPANY

Listed in
(401) 728-0400

100 JEFFERSON BLVD SUITE 100, 2888
Interstate
1029292

AFFORDABLE BUILDING AND WEATHERIZATION INC

Listed in
(401) 965-8578

93 SUN VALLEY ROAD, 2864
Interstate
2547473

AFFORDABLE LANDSCAPE CONCEPTS CORP

Listed in
(401) 946-8200

296 SIMMONSVILLE AVE, 2919
Interstate
1379457

AFFORDABLE SEPTIC AND EXCAVATING LLC

Listed in
(401) 294-8111

440 SHORE ACRES AVE, 2852
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1801612

AFFORDABLE SHREDDING INC

Listed in
(401) 539-7599

27 FIRST AVE, 2832
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1740223

AIR FLOW INC

Listed in
(401) 828-7633

395 KNOTTY OAK ROAD, 2816
Interstate
1311018

AIRPORT CAR EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(401) 601-8858

129 SUMNER AVE, 2888
Interstate
2452720

AIRPORT CAR EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(401) 601-8858

129 SUMNER AVE, 2888
Interstate
2452720

AJ OSTER OF DELAWARE LLC

Listed in
(401) 739-0800

457 WARWICK INDUSTRIAL DR, 2886
Interstate
1709378

AJT EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(401) 450-5611

40 BABCOCK STREET, 2905
Interstate
2341355

AJT EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(401) 450-5611

40 BABCOCK STREET, 2905
Interstate
2341355

AL JACS INC

Listed in
(401) 272-3215

33 HEMLOCK ST, 2908
Interstate
1054658

ALEX AUTO

Listed in
(401) 941-7076

226 PARK AVE, 2905
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1817215

ALEXANDER & SONS

Listed in
(401) 932-1090

23 LANE 8, 2888
Interstate
1238498

ALEXANDER’S UNIFORMS

Listed in
(401) 490-2910

999 PONTIAC AVE, 2920
Interstate
1127795

ALFAMEN SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(401) 919-3141

111 FREIGHT STREET, 2860
Interstate
2540333

ALL ABOUT H2O LLC

Listed in
(401) 567-7192

1903 PUTNAM PIKE, 2814
Interstate
1142167

ALL ISLAND LANDSCAPE INC

Listed in
(401) 683-1588

2829 EAST MAIN ROAD, 2871
Interstate
1052971

ALL SEASON PRODUCE LLC

Listed in
(401) 369-5533

111 ELSIE STREET, 2910
Interstate
1030933

ALL TERRAIN CRANE SERVICE

Listed in
(401) 823-4094

38 MUMFORD STREET, 2816
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1618431

ALLCLEAN INC

Listed in
(401) 335-4477

210 CONANT STREET, 2860
Interstate
1141553

ALLENS SEED

Listed in
(401) 294-2722

693 SOUTH COUNTY TRAIL, 2822
Interstate
1543566

ALLMETALS WELDING AND FABRICATION

Listed in
(401) 635-8653

62 OLD STONE CHURCH RD, 2837
Interstate
2043765

ALLSTATE BUILDERS INC

Listed in
(401) 724-1786

41 SHEPARD AVE, 02904-1223
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1996538

ALLSTATE SEALCOATING

Listed in
(401) 826-2999

30 STARLINE WAY, 2921
Interstate
2564570

ALLWAYS TRANSPORT

Listed in
(401) 332-9044

2 EVERGREEN RD, 2865
Interstate
2583305

ALMEIDA TRUCKING

Listed in
(401) 722-8067

125 LIBERTY STREET, 2861
Interstate
2069917

ALPHA ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS INC

Listed in
(401) 434-0227

300 WAMPANOAG TRAIL, 2915
Interstate
2544777

ALTERNATIVE SUBSURFACE EXPLORATIONS

Listed in
(401) 556-2756

44 POLE BRIDGE ROAD, 2857
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1796218

ALTRUI BROS TRUCK SALES INC

Listed in
(401) 434-3540

1100 WARREN AVE, 2914
Interstate
2483878

ALUMINUM & COPPER RECYCLING INC

Listed in
(401) 785-1200

68 SALEM ST, 2907
Interstate
215211

AM ALL STATE INTERIORS CORP

Listed in
(401) 640-8879

30 DELTA DRIVE, 2861
Interstate
2536118

AMARAL REVITE

Listed in
(401) 454-6867

148 WEST RIVER ST STE 5, 2904
Interstate
1059917

AMCC

Listed in
(401) 392-0208

120 SOUTH KILLINGLY ROAD, 2825
Interstate
1613944

AMD LAWN CARE LLC

Listed in
(401) 392-3403

2289 FLAT RIVER ROAD, 2816
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1263815

AMERICAN BUILDERS OF RI INC

Listed in
(401) 647-3266

400 OLD PLAINFIELD PIKE, 2825
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1438507

AMERICAN EQUIPMENT & FABRICATING CORP

Listed in
(401) 438-2626

100 WATER STREET, 2914
Interstate
1392575

AMERICAN MASONRY INC

Listed in
(401) 435-4416

156 METACOMET AVE, 2916
Interstate
1160499

AMERICAN SURPLUS INC

Listed in
(401) 434-4355

1 NOYES AVENUE, 2916
Interstate
2570928

AMERICAN TOOL COMPANY

Listed in
(401) 333-0111

623 WASHINGTON HIGHWAY, 2865
Interstate
1380467

AMERICAN TRUCKING

Listed in
(401) 862-1850

BOX 22001, 2920
Interstate
1348869

AMERICAN WELDING CO INC

Listed in
(401) 397-9155

689 HOPKINS HILL RD, 2817
Interstate
102629