Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Tennessee

Tennessee is famous for many things like Graceland which is Elvis’ home in Memphis. Beale Street Historic District is a street in Memphis voted the most iconic street in America by USA Today. The Grand Ole Opry – a concert hall in Nashville that has been live since November 28, 1925 and is a staple in country music. Vanderbilt University, and its affiliated hospitals, is the largest employer in Tennessee.

Even though Nashville is the capital of Tennessee, Memphis has a higher population. The five largest cities are:

  1. Memphis: 646,889
  2. Nashville: 601,222
  3. Knoxville: 178,874
  4. Chattanooga: 167,674
  5. Clarksville: 132,929

The state has a rich history with a variety of business industries which provides truckers in the state an opportunity to work for a variety of those industries.

Tennessee CDL Truck Driver Job Growth

Tennessee employs quite a few truck drivers – 58,120 to be exact. Pay is not bad either with an average salary of $41,680 and a more recent number of $43,860. As you probably know salaries are always dependent on your years of experience and skill as a driver so your actual salary could be higher or lower (SOURCE).

If you attend a CDL driving school it will take anywhere from six to eight weeks to complete, and a lot of the time the trucking companies will pay for drivers to take the classes. Certainly beats going to college for four years and the bill that comes at the end of that experience!

The top five industries in Tennessee all lend themselves to trucking. No wonder there are so many truck drivers here.

  • Health Care
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Film Production
  • Manufacturing

No doubt country music falls in there somewhere, and provides plenty of roadie opportunities.

Driving in Tennessee you may have a chance to see some of the greenest part of the country as you drive through the bordering states of: Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, and Missouri.

Tennessee CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

Median salaries fluctuate as much as city populations do. For the whole of the U.S. the median salary is $41,340 and the state of Tennessee comes in a couple thousand lower at $39,430. But take a look at the median salaries in several TN cities and you can see how much the salaries fluctuate:

  1. Cleveland: $48,690
  2. Morristown: $48,470
  3. Memphis: $43,240
  4. Kingsport: $41,150
  5. Nashville: $40,820
  6. Knoxville: $40,550
  7. Chattanooga: $36,420
  8. Jackson: $35,110

In many states there is a shortage of truck drivers, but projections show that for the entire U.S. the increase in trucking jobs from 2014 to 2024 will be 6%. In Tennessee it’s predicted to be twice that at 12% (SOURCE).

Applying For A Tennessee CDL License

Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) include three Classes – A, B, and C depending upon the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR), and what’s being transported. State law defines a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) as any vehicle or combination of vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds.

If hazardous materials are transported, or if the vehicle is designed to transport more than fifteen (15) passengers including the driver, or if the vehicle is used as a school bus, a CDL is required, regardless of the weight of the vehicle. Drivers who need a CDL should get a Commercial Driver’s License Manual at any driver’s license station.

An applicant for a CDL must be able to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident status in order to qualify for a Tennessee CDL.
NOTE: If a person holds a valid CDL (Class A, B, or C), this license is also valid for operating a Class D vehicle. No separate license is required.

You must determine what type of commerce you operate in and self-certify to Tennessee Department Of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) which one of the four types of commerce you operate in:

  • Interstate Non-Excepted: You are an Interstate non-excepted driver and must meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements.
  • Interstate Excepted: You are an Interstate excepted driver and do not have to meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements.
  • Intrastate Non-Excepted: You are an Intrastate non-excepted driver and are required to meet the medical requirements for Tennessee.
  • Intrastate Excepted: You are an Intrastate excepted driver and do not have to meet the medical requirements for Tennessee.

If you’re subject to the DOT medical card requirements, provide a copy of each new DOT medical card to TDOSHS prior to the expiration of the current DOT medical card.

Tennessee CDL Endorsements and Requirements

Under the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, rules of the federal TSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) the TDOSHS may not issue a hazardous materials endorsement until the applicant has submitted to a fingerprint-based background check.

TSA must determine that the applicant does not pose a security threat before the hazardous materials endorsement can be issued for anyone regardless if it’s an initial, renew, or transferring from out of state. The hazardous materials endorsement can be given only after the TSA background check is completed and passed.

Bring the following documents when applying for a CDL:

  • Valid DOT Medical Card, if needed
  • Tennessee driver’s license or ID, or a valid driver license or CDL from another state
  • Proof of residence in Tennessee

Applicants for a CDL or permit will be required to present two examples of domicile verification

What types of U.S. citizenship documents are authorized?
• Valid U.S. Passport
• Certified birth certificate filed with a State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency in the individual’s State of birth, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the U.S. Department of State
• Certificate of Naturalization issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS.

What proves Lawful Permanent Residence?
Unexpired Permanent Resident Card, issued by USCIS or INS.

What to bring to prove domicile
All documents must include a Tennessee residential address–the SAME residential address must be on each document presented. No photocopies accepted!

How to obtain a CDL learner’s permit
To obtain your permit, you must take and pass the CDL general knowledge test. Check with any Full-Service Driver Service Centers throughout the state to verify that they offer the CDL general knowledge test and the knowledge tests for any endorsement(s) you need.

Required tests for adding an endorsement to a CDL

Endorsement Name Code Test Type
Double / Triple Trailers T Knowledge Test
Passenger P Knowledge and Skills Test
Tank Vehicle N Knowledge Test
Hazardous Materials H Knowledge Test and Background Check
School Bus S Knowledge and Skills Test

How to schedule a CDL skills test
CDL skills tests can be scheduled by calling 615-251-5217 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday (SOURCE).

Tennessee Trucking Related News

In Tennessee, approximately one out of every 13 jobs belongs to a truck driver, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. Even so, there’s a massive driver shortage caused in part by the recent hurricanes, and many companies have been trying to recruit new drivers.

Wal-Mart truck driver John Lex really loves his job. “The view out my office window changes every time these wheels turn. I’ve never wanted to do anything else but be a truck driver like my dad.” His father drove a truck for Publix, and the company allowed employees to bring their children to work. “I remember my dad waking me up in the morning and saying, ‘you want to go to work with me?'”

Another reason he loves his job is, “I don’t have anyone hounding over me. I’m the captain of my own ship here.”

There is room for improvement however. “It’s hard committing to an industry when you have to work weekends,” he acknowledged, “and I think our industry is finally realizing that and allowing drivers to get home more often.”

Sadly, the dangers truckers face are all too real with 75 percent of semi-involved crashes blamed on the smaller vehicles on the road. “At 80,000 pounds at highway speed, it’ll take the length of a football field to come to a complete stop.”

Despite that, it’s a job that has connected people, not only with the products they use every day, but also during disasters like the recent hurricanes in Houston and Florida, which have made the driver shortage even more significant (SOURCE).

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(423) 391-0358

348 PINE LAUREL CIRCLE, 37618
Interstate
2337225

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(423) 391-0358

348 PINE LAUREL CIRCLE, 37618
Interstate
2337225

007 EXPRESS

Listed in
(615) 877-7406

1328 ANTIOCH PIKE, 37211
Interstate
2055970

0ASIS IRRIGATION

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(615) 872-7576

191 RIVER HILLS DRIVE, 37210
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1424586

1-800-GOT-JUNK

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(901) 828-5842

2071 HILLSHIRE CIRCLE SUITE 4, 38133
Interstate
2376073

1-800-PACK-RAT

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(615) 463-5000

660 MASSMAN DR STE A, 37210
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2082998

101 AUTO SALES LLC

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(931) 788-1132

6041 LANTANA ROAD, 38572
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1689241

1220 EXHIBITS

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(615) 333-1220

3801 VULCAN DR, 37211
Interstate
2180726

1776 TRANSPORT

Listed in
(865) 789-6903

9112 PICKENS GAP ROAD, 37920
Interstate
2561706

18TH STREET TOWING

Listed in
(423) 619-5588

23 3RD ST., 37311
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1013234

1961

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(860) 608-6936

3721 MINT ROAD, 37803
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1394278

1970

Listed in
(615) 478-3121

1025 CUNNINGHAM RD, 37051
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2517540

1ST CALL MOBILE HOME SERVICE

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(931) 363-5088

2499 ESQUE SHARP ROAD, 38474
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1127537

1ST CLASS MOVING & STORAGE

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(901) 672-7570

8485 FARLEY AVE, 38016
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1733904

2 BROTHERS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(615) 939-2829

117 SUMMERLAKE PLACE, 37075
Interstate
2485640

2 LANE EXPRESS

Listed in
(423) 836-1785

1180 TELLICO ST S, 37354
Interstate
2493894

21ST CENTURY BROADBAND SERVICES

Listed in
(423) 627-4552

268 CHAMBERS ROAD, 37852
Interstate
1584800

22 EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICES

Listed in
(615) 476-3575

2827 HWY 12 NORTH, 37035
Interstate
2494553

231CAR SALES INC

Listed in
(615) 444-9599

500 A S CUMBERLAND ST, 37087
Intrastate Hazmat
2479869

24 7 COURIER

Listed in
(615) 331-6911

1519 HEIL QUAKER BLVD, 37086
Interstate
2185537

24SL

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(615) 715-2768

2817 WEST END AVENUE SUITE 126-203, 37203
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2486913

2DANES

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(615) 352-6085

73 WHITE BRIDGE ROAD, 37205
Interstate
1927198

2ND GENERATION TRANSPORT

Listed in
(478) 217-1073

3604 BARTLETT DR, 38506
Interstate
2723852

2X HYDRO-DEMOLITION LLC

Listed in
(865) 932-9234

2539 W HWY 11E, 37871
Interstate
2529787

3 BROTHERS AUTO

Listed in
(615) 388-4800

2523 OAK KNOB ROAD, 37083
Interstate
1268690

3 C OF TENNESSEE

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(865) 982-7281

1137 LEVEL DRIVE, 37804
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1185785

3 FEATHERS MOBILE MARKETING LLC

Listed in
(615) 636-5409

1242 OLD HILLSBORO RD, 37069
Interstate
2457968

3 FEATHERS TRUCKING

Listed in
(615) 330-9484

5545 PENINSULA PARK LANDING, 37076
Interstate
1508573

3 LEGGED MACHINE INC

Listed in
(334) 333-1516

900 DIVISION ST, 37203
Interstate
2465109

3 RUSTY NAILS INC

Listed in
(931) 815-3922

303 TOM GRISSOM ROAD, 37357
Interstate
1507845

3 STAR TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(901) 628-0825

3554 MCCORKLE RD, 38116
Interstate
2264184

3 STATE AUTO RECOVERY

Listed in
(901) 368-4503

3182 JEAN DRIVE, 38118
Interstate
1411900

3 WAY AUTO REPAIR & ALL SECURE AUTO HAULING

Listed in
(731) 784-1599

50 NORTH MADISON DR, 38355
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1191903

3 WAY SIGN

Listed in
(865) 256-7201

8000 PEDIGO ROAD, 37938
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2146033

31 A TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(931) 359-2985

1880 NASHVILLE HIGHWAY, 37091-0166
Interstate
170025

31-W INSULATION COMPANY INCORPORATED

Listed in
(615) 643-3900

7434 CYCLE LANE, 37072-8509
Interstate
187106

32 EXPRESS AUTO TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(423) 552-7059

60 LAZY BROOK RD, 37641
Interstate
2523349

33 QUARRY

Listed in
(865) 992-8619

752 MAYNARDVILLE HWY, 37807
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2250884

3D TRANSPORT

Listed in
(423) 389-6556

331 HICKORY HOLLOW ROAD, 37650
Interstate
2641493

3D TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(423) 658-8314

455 SOUTH MAIN STREET, 37397
Interstate
2470494

3G TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(615) 896-4671

7426 ANTIETAM LANE, 37130
Interstate
2565432

3J TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(931) 220-9712

812 HIDDEN SPRING DR APT #C, 37042
Interstate
1433287

4 J TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(615) 643-6334

2107 STONEHENGE DR, 37073
Interstate
1676283

4 LANE AUTO SALVAGE

Listed in
(615) 227-3900

400 W TRINITY LN, 37207
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1427681

4 WALL NASHVILLE INC

Listed in
(615) 453-2332

820 COWAN STREET, 37207
Interstate
2350789

4 WALL NASHVILLE INC

Listed in
(615) 453-2332

820 COWAN STREET, 37207
Interstate
2350789

4 WINDS LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(423) 534-5850

4317 ISLAND RD, 37620
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2537665

4-A INSTALLATION

Listed in
(615) 439-8447

506 ROUNDUP RD, 37167
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2578656

4-EVERGREEN LLC

Listed in
(731) 264-0088

319 DEPOT ST, 38080
Interstate
2495924

411 CRUSHED STONE

Listed in
(865) 856-6611

6220 US HWY 411 SOUTH, 37801
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2517344

44 DESIGNS INC

Listed in
(615) 750-3827

1015 WEST KIRKLAND AVE SUITE 108, 37216
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2594821

441 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(731) 217-1564

380 GOWAN ROAD, 38351
Interstate
1835432

4T TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(901) 409-0526

1155 RAYNER ST, 38106
Interstate
2525891

5 K TRUCKING

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(865) 556-7113

303 W BROADWAY, 37771
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1768176

50 50 EXPRESS EXPEDITING

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(616) 822-2841

420 SLIGER RD, 38506
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1826070

501 TRUCKING LLC

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(615) 794-2899

201 GILLESPIE DRIVE APT 17206, 37067
Interstate
1097288

501 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(615) 794-2899

201 GILLESPIE DRIVE APT 17206, 37067
Interstate
1097288

501K RECYCLING LLC

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(731) 415-8480

1580 INDUSTRIAL PARK ROAD, 38242
Interstate
1864454

51 STORAGE CONTAINER RENTALS

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(731) 635-2202

567 HWY 51 SOUTH, 38063
Interstate
1832070

51 TRANSPORT SERVICES INC

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(731) 419-3003

240 JENNY COVE, 38063
Interstate
2405767

51 TRANSPORT SERVICES INC

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(731) 419-3003

240 JENNY COVE, 38063
Interstate
2405767

54 LAWN & GARDEN

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(731) 642-5454

5030 HIGHWAY 54, 38242
Interstate
1021510

5G TRUCKING

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(615) 504-7871

1838 GUNN ROAD, 37172
Interstate
2538611

7314239362

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(731) 423-9362

532 MOBILE ST, 38301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2284244

75 MPH FREIGHT

Listed in
(901) 292-9437

4760 BRADFIELD RUN RD, 38125
Interstate
1036325

901 TRANSPORT LLC

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(901) 607-7526

7214 HERITAGE OAK DRIVE, 38125
Interstate
2595729

A & A EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(731) 256-2389

3495 HWY 45 SOUTH, 38366
Interstate
1239046

A & A TRUCKING

Listed in
(731) 925-2583

510 GANT LN, 38372
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1433164

A & A TRUCKING

Listed in
(931) 409-9392

1643 BOYNTON VALLEY RD, 37355
Interstate
1491688

A & A TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(901) 870-5665

2891 JOHN HILL RD, 38011
Interstate
1855202

A & B BODY SHOP

Listed in
(931) 484-4311

110 SPARTA DRIVE, 38555
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1121777

A & B DISTRIBUTORS

Listed in
(865) 525-9000

107 RANDOLPH STREET, 37915
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1359158

A & D TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(615) 750-5708

506 NESBITT LANE, 37115
Interstate
1476975

A & E TRUCKING

Listed in
(865) 376-3899

177 WOODY LANE, 37763
Interstate
1743897

A & F EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(615) 881-8147

570 MCMURRY DRIVE APT F 308, 37210
Interstate
2167024

A & F RECOVERY

Listed in
(901) 239-6568

5576 PLEASANT VIEW RD, 38134
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2087363

A & G EXPRESS CARRIER LLC

Listed in
(731) 676-7138

169 KATIE COVE, 38024
Interstate
2436223

A & G EXPRESS CARRIER LLC

Listed in
(731) 676-7138

169 KATIE COVE, 38024
Interstate
2436223

A & H SANITATION

Listed in
(423) 496-2565

54 CUTCHER ST, 37317-5618
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1157058

A & I TRASH DISPOSAL

Listed in
(423) 538-9949

521 AUSTIN SPRINGS RD, 37686
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2061157

A & J AUTO REPAIR TIRES

Listed in
(931) 906-4444

2016 FORT CAMPBELL BLV, 37042
Interstate
1217635

A & J BODY SHOP & WRECKER SERVICE

Listed in
(423) 745-2800

115 COUNTY ROAD 662, 37371
Interstate
1097719

A & J BODY SHOP & WRECKER SERVICE

Listed in
(423) 745-2800

115 COUNTY ROAD 662, 37371
Interstate
1097719

A & K EXPRESS HAULING INC

Listed in
(901) 502-6932

4783 BOEINGSHIRE DR, 38116
Interstate
2500650

A & K LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(901) 230-1666

8366 WINDERS VILLE DRIVE, 38133
Interstate
2108160

A & K LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(901) 230-1666

8366 WINDERS VILLE DRIVE, 38133
Interstate
2108160

A & K TRUCKING

Listed in
(423) 341-2441

180 CLEAR BRANCH DRIVE, 37617
Interstate
2288665

A & M DISTRIBUTORS INC

Listed in
(865) 140-5039

8100 KINGSTON PIKE, 37919
Interstate
2567785

A & M TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(423) 620-5244

1692 PIGEON CREEK RD, 37743
Interstate
2576490

A & N TRUCKING

Listed in
(423) 663-4571

158 SCOTT DRIVE, 37756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2337140

A & N TRUCKING

Listed in
(423) 663-4571

158 SCOTT DRIVE, 37756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2337140

A & R DIST LLC

Listed in
(615) 713-1159

4642 CUMMINGS PARK DRIVE, 37013
Interstate
2724124

A & R STRAW FARMS LLC

Listed in
(931) 962-2522

1398 OWL HOLLOW ROAD, 37306
Interstate
2520301

A & S BOBCAT SERVICES

Listed in
(865) 494-0740

6374 HICKORY VALLEY ROAD, 37754
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2145702

A & S FARMS LLC

Listed in
(731) 696-2968

5566 HWY 152, 38001
Interstate
2427071

A & SERVICES

Listed in
(615) 654-3859

3845 JERNIGAN RD, 37188
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2274081

A & W READY MIX CONCRETE LLC

Listed in
(865) 932-4010

151 KYKER FERRY ROAD, 37764-1840
Interstate
1349039

A & W READY MIX LLC

Listed in
(865) 453-2808

151 KYKER FERRY ROAD, 37764
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2725332

A & W SOUTHERN SOD FARMS LLC

Listed in
(615) 384-9303

5651 FRED PERRY ROAD, 37172
Interstate
1020939

A &L TRUCKING

Listed in
(615) 666-5939

3805 WEST FORK CREEK ROAD, 37186
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1349014