Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Texas

The old adage “Everything’s bigger in Texas” seems to be true. Texas is the second largest state in the U.S. Only Alaska is larger. Texas produces more crude oil and natural gas than any other state in the nation. Texas employs more truckers than any other state 175,780 and Texas has the highest highway speed limit on a stretch of toll road between Austin and San Antonio. Drivers can go 85 miles per hour.

Besides hiring the most truck drivers, future projections for Texas truck drivers are astounding. The U.S. has a projected increase of 6% between 2014 and 2024 while Texas’ projection for that same time period is 21%. A quick look at open positions in Texas brought up these gems:

  • Local, Regional, OTR Truck drivers
  • CDL Flatbed Truck driver – oil & gas
  • Dedicated Owner-Operator – Class A owner operators to run dry van, live load/unload freight
  • Frac Sand Driver Hauler
  • Solid Waste Truck Operator – Operates automated side-load, rear-load, claw truck or delivery vehicles.
  • Tanker
  • Fuel hauler
  • HAZMAT tanker
  • And many of these have signing bonuses

The average yearly salary for a truck driver in Texas is $42,830 and an average hourly rate of $20.59. Even though your salary will vary depending on experience, skills, endorsements and more the low end is $26,060 and the high end is $63,050. The median salary varies by city with an overall $41,340 for the U.S. and $39,230 for Texas:

  1. Abilene: $44,080
  2. Dallas/Plan: $44,080
  3. Midland: $43,780
  4. Amarillo: $43,700
  5. Odessa: $43,270
  6. San Antonio: $41,480
  7. Longview: $40,980
  8. Houston: $39,080
  9. Fort Worth: $38,860
  10. Lubbock: $38,010

The larger land mass tends to mean there are more people and that’s true in Texas – hence the need for more drivers. The top five populated cities are:

  1. Houston 2,145,146
  2. San Antonio 1,359,758
  3. Dallas 1,223,229
  4. Austin 820,611 – capital
  5. Fort Worth 758,738

Texas CDL License Information and Insights

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a type of license needed by truck drivers, school bus drivers, and HAZMAT drivers. Individuals are required to have a CDL if they operate a motor vehicle:
1. With a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more,
2. Which transports quantities of hazardous materials requiring placards or
3. Designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver
Any individual whose license is currently suspended, cancelled, or revoked in Texas or any other state is not eligible for a CDL.

Drivers who have a valid CDL can drive all vehicles in the class for which the license is issued, including their personal vehicle, so long as all applicable restrictions and endorsements are adhered to. A vehicle that requires an endorsement may not be driven unless the proper endorsement appears on the CDL.

You will either transport goods interstate (going to different states) or intrastate (within state lines) and this is what you need to determine when you self-certify.

Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)

A Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) will be issued to individuals applying for a CDL for the first time or are upgrading from one class to another.
– Must hold a valid Texas Driver License
– CLP must be presented with the base license, this is not an identification document
– CLP restricts holder to operating a CMV with a license operator, 21 years of age or older, in the front passenger seat
– CLP must be held for 14 days before taking skills exams
– CLP is valid for 180 days or expiration of base license or lawful presence, whichever is earliest
– CLP is eligible to be renewed one time, 30 days prior to expiration

Steps To Applying For A CDL in Texas

To apply for a Texas CDL or CLP, an individual must:
1. Apply in-person at any driver’s license office and complete the appropriate application.

2. Present documents to verify your identity: Different documents are required depending on if the individual is a U.S. citizen of has lawful presence in this country. Individuals may be required to present more than one document to verify identity, and the information on all documents must match. Additional documentation may be required to verify conflicting information such as incomplete names or date of birth.

3. Verify Texas residency

4. Show your Social Security Card

5. Depending on your type of certification, you may need to present a medical examiner’s certificate.

6. Meet the nonresident/non-domicile commercial requirements if you are from a foreign jurisdiction other than Canada or Mexico.

7. Present proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance on all vehicles registered in your name.

8. Complete the Supplement Application Texas Commercial Driver License Certifications and Record of CDL Examination.

9. Consent to be photographed, fingerprinted and provide your signature.

10. Pass the vision test.

11. Pass the knowledge tests for the appropriate driver license including endorsements. Knowledge exams must be taken in order:

  1. Texas Commercial Rules
  2. General Knowledge
  3. Combination (Class A Only)
  4. Air Brake (If applicable)
  5. Endorsements

12. Pay the required fee

13. Provide a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for the driving skills test. The CMV must be representative of the type of license in which the individual is applying for. The Skills Test be comprised of: Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Test, Road Test

Applicant must present a valid driver’s license and valid CLP (if required) prior to taking the Skills Test (SOURCE).

Texas Trucking Related News

In spring of 2017, Uber launched Uber Freight, which is an app that matches truck drivers with loads of goods to pick up and deliver. Even though the company is based in San Francisco, Texas played a key role in testing the app. Routes between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio served as the testing ground before the launch. Texas’ large trucking business is what makes it the obvious place to start. Fourteen percent of U.S. freight comes in and out of Texas.

At present about 70 percent of Uber Freight’s loads and drivers are based in Texas. Analysts warn that Uber needs to offer something new in this industry and prove itself to truck drivers who may be skeptical of an unfamiliar player. Think how many drivers don’t even want the new ELDs.

Mike Ramsey, a transportation and mobility analyst for Gartner, says Uber has an edge with brand recognition, talent and capital, but he warned that the June resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick after months of reports of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and practices that defy law enforcement.

Uber Freight allows truck drivers to pick up extra work when they want to. They also can find a job that fills up their truck on the way home. For Sam Carrillo, an independent truck driver, apps have made his work simpler and more lucrative. For almost 20 years he’s relied on brokers to match him with freight. Now, he gets the majority of his business from Uber Freight and another app.

Uber Freight wants to stand out from load boards and brokers by providing better customer service and faster pay. It plans to offer perks, such as reserved parking spots, passes that allow them to skip weigh stations, and discounts on fuel and tires (SOURCE).

-R LIVESTOCK HAULING

Listed in
(806) 426-3419

4767 CO RD 26, 79098
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1470131

‘JAMIN TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(817) 471-7354

6400 PARADISE VALLEY RD, 76112
Interstate
2541731

#NAME?

Listed in
(325) 207-0260

8239 CR 473, 79526
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2035925

#NAME?

Listed in
(254) 231-8874

4117 MACKEY RANCH ROAD, 76557
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2393038

0 & G TRUCKING

Listed in
(956) 546-1075

9290 US MILITARY HWY 281, 78520
Interstate
1163080

01 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(432) 301-4022

5801 S CO RD 1160, 79706
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2177033

03 WESAYSO INC

Listed in
(512) 392-0373

3020 FM 621, 78666
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1942806

1 2 3 BUS SERVICE

Listed in
(713) 371-8764

6219 GRIGGS # 48, 77023
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2533313

1 B RANCH INC

Listed in
(936) 396-5144

20263 FM SOUTH, 77871
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1986103

1 DAY EXPRESS

Listed in
(713) 334-3039

9666 RICHMOND AVE, 77063
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1347228

1 FAST RESPONSE RENTALS & OILFIELD SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(210) 209-5369

215 GLASS AVE, 78204
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2459235

1 FMB FREIGHT LLC

Listed in
(956) 635-1262

307 LIPAN DRIVE, 78045
Interstate
2468083

1 HUMPIN HUMP TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(214) 502-0232

1003 STONEWOOD DRIVE, 75104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2557675

1 HUMPIN HUMP TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(214) 502-0232

1003 STONEWOOD DRIVE, 75104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2557675

1 LINE EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(956) 796-9002

14212 TRANSPORTATION AVE, 78045
Interstate
1549254

1 ON 1 NUTRITION

Listed in
(214) 533-5572

1421 HIDDEN OAKS CIRCLE, 76210
Interstate
1388734

1 QUICK SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(254) 245-4990

105 HERB RD, 76539
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2466493

1 SHOT TRUCKING

Listed in
(281) 876-7500

7617 HOMESTEAD RD, 77028
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2153063

1 TIME TRUCKING

Listed in
(432) 210-6364

2100 CITY VIEW, 79701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2455717

1 TIME TRUCKING

Listed in
(432) 210-6364

2100 CITY VIEW, 79701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2455717

1 TRADE LOGISTICS

Listed in
(817) 310-0222

512 E DALLAS RD STE 200, 76051
Interstate
2382241

1 URBAN LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(469) 316-3409

3916 GATWICK CIRCLE #2301, 76155
Interstate
1066985

1-SOURCE EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(682) 559-6819

1023 MALLARD POINTE DR, 75104
Interstate
2431114

1-SOURCE EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(682) 559-6819

1023 MALLARD POINTE DR, 75104
Interstate
2431114

1-WAY EXPRESS

Listed in
(972) 722-1929

209 INDUSTRIAL DR, 75126
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2271278

10 13 1974

Listed in
(979) 255-5249

1004 W16TH, 77803
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2000547

10 BURRO ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(325) 655-9391

1630 STRAWBERRY CITY RD, 78065
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2083045

10 GALLON TOURS LLC

Listed in
(817) 403-1832

1022 TEXAN TRAIL APT 5206, 76051
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2565913

10 SERVICES COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(940) 683-2521

101 CENTER COURT #2, 76452
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2154226

10 TOWS SERVICE

Listed in
(281) 880-9757

5447 EVERGREEN CANYON RD, 77066
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2131236

10-4 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(830) 268-8802

3180 2ND ST, 78064
Interstate
2564107

10-4 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(832) 233-4653

6639 HALCYON DAYS DRIVE, 77338
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2431588

10-4 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(832) 233-4653

6639 HALCYON DAYS DRIVE, 77338
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2431588

10-4 TRUCK’N

Listed in
(806) 685-3736

2501 FERRELL, 79072
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2572273

10’S HIGH TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(903) 952-7660

2762 VZ CR 4702, 75754
Interstate
1832668

101 BAR RANCH

Listed in
(361) 547-5527

680 IH 37 ACCESS, 78368
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2014288

103 RANCH & DISPOSAL

Listed in
(361) 668-1984

CR 103, 78384
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2534506

11011952

Listed in
(512) 469-0597

2108 E 16TH ST, 78702
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2348661

11011952

Listed in
(512) 469-0597

2108 E 16TH ST, 78702
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2348661

12 PRICE MOVERS

Listed in
(210) 650-4911

11031 PERRIN BEITEL, 78217
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2023987

12 WHEEL TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(832) 644-5850

38 COUNTY ROAD 438, 77535
Interstate
2369359

12’S HOT SHOT’N SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(936) 652-0225

1203 TINDALL ST, 75964
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2200921

123 CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(903) 622-4144

4600 FM 123, 75639
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2553856

123 EXPESS

Listed in
(956) 353-7622

5974 FM 1430, 78582
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2198575

123 HOTSHOT

Listed in
(713) 210-9969

9330MARBLEMOUNT, 77064
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1831638

123 MOVING CO

Listed in
(214) 837-2889

2514 DOVE CREEK DR, 75088
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2331554

123 MOVING CO

Listed in
(214) 837-2889

2514 DOVE CREEK DR, 75088
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2331554

13-6 EXPRESS

Listed in
(512) 618-2998

181 COUNTY ROAD 2341, 76621
Interstate
1501961

14985

Listed in
(806) 401-3899

509 W1ST, 79052
Intrastate Hazmat
2348146

14985

Listed in
(806) 401-3899

509 W1ST, 79052
Intrastate Hazmat
2348146

15 TRANSPORT

Listed in
(917) 246-7949

13447 N CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY NO 1122, 75243
Interstate
2578978

153 LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(972) 408-3830

828 LUXOR COURT, 75052-1695
Interstate
2401667

156 METAL RECYCLING

Listed in
(940) 482-8282

5371 FM 156, 76249
Interstate
2395319

1711 MOVING COMPANY

Listed in
(512) 524-5076

1711 EAST CESAR CHAVEZ, 78702
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2098816

18 GEARS TRUCKING

Listed in
(915) 892-4762

6900 IMPERIAL RIDGE, 79912
Interstate
2081604

18 WHEEL EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(817) 367-3221

1787 RHONDA B RD, 76020
Interstate
2608692

1800 TRUCKING

Listed in
(832) 384-9912

4825 S ACRES DR, 77048
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2631741

181 RECYCLERS CENTER

Listed in
(210) 584-9546

12499 S US HWY 181, 78233
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2385759

181 SOUTH HOMES INC

Listed in
(210) 633-0429

12621 US HWY 181 SOUTH, 78223
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2377136

183 RANCH CORPORATION

Listed in
(512) 739-3133

15500 HIGHWAY 183 SOUTH, 76550
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2400214

1845 OIL FIELD SERVICES

Listed in
(817) 441-9900

1995 RANGER HIGHWAY, 76088
Interstate
1737063

1845 OIL FIELD TRANSPORT

Listed in
(817) 441-9900

1995 RANGER HWY, 76088
Interstate
1660720

1845 TANK SERVICES

Listed in
(817) 441-9900

1995 RANGER HWY, 76088
Interstate
2361537

1919 QUEENZ TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(469) 401-0597

2226 FALLENWOOD DR, 75181
Interstate
1338019

195 LUMBER COMPANY KILLEEN LTD

Listed in
(254) 634-2188

3032 SOUTH FORT HOOD STREET, 76542
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1991050

1950

Listed in
(469) 337-1983

3144 OLD HWY 67N, 76065
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2395577

1951 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(432) 333-2222

1951 E I 20, 79761
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2397238

1954 TRANS

Listed in
(832) 808-9008

9522 TELEPHONE RD #118, 77075
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2158235

1960

Listed in
(972) 965-3758

4608 WENDOVER ST, 76309
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2580568

1975

Listed in
(214) 934-5625

134 PITTSBURG ST, 75207
Interstate
2520437

1981

Listed in
(832) 273-0797

8043 CR 927, 77511
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1941595

1989

Listed in
(940) 393-6622

2325 FM 1191 N, 76427
Intrastate Hazmat
2347345

1989

Listed in
(940) 393-6622

2325 FM 1191 N, 76427
Intrastate Hazmat
2347345

1994

Listed in
(972) 670-5258

3806 GRASSHOPPA LN, 75189
Interstate
1744848

1999 TRANSPORT

Listed in
(817) 304-9007

100 STONERIDGE TR, 76087
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2419885

1ST CALL HOT SHOT EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(956) 279-9966

1011 RIC MAR, 78541
Interstate
1948769

1ST CALL TRUCKING

Listed in
(713) 402-8350

26800 BRENTWOOD ROAD, 77372
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2628924

1ST CHOICE GREASE SERVICE

Listed in
(832) 445-6582

269 CR 3893 EAST, 77357
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2388693

1ST CHOICE MHS

Listed in
(830) 538-4046

159 CR 6768, 78059
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2272224

1ST CHOICE TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(405) 283-0698

175 ALABAMA AVE, 77573
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1368674

1ST CHOICE WATER WELLS LLC

Listed in
(979) 793-7558

3214 NORTH AVE, 77461
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2282365

1ST CLASS HOT SHOTS

Listed in
(978) 705-1178

14000 THE LAKES BLVD APT 328, 78660
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2465438

1ST CLASS PROFESSIONAL MOVERS

Listed in
(832) 704-8906

11915 EDGAR STREET, 77047
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2425013

1ST CLASS TRUCKING AND EXPEDITING

Listed in
(832) 205-3188

10101 HARWIN STE 100D, 77036
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2437278

1ST CLASS TRUCKING AND EXPEDITING

Listed in
(832) 205-3188

10101 HARWIN STE 100D, 77036
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2437278

1ST COOLING INC

Listed in
(972) 447-0555

4700 RATLIFF LANE, 75001
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2500151

1ST DDB LOGISTIC LLC

Listed in
(214) 799-0964

3923 SHADY HOLLOW LN, 75233
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2101025

1ST GENERATION MOVING AND STORAGE INC

Listed in
(972) 880-6458

1975 WEST NORTHWEST HWY, 75220
Interstate
2104316

1ST HAND DELIVERY SERVICE

Listed in
(281) 300-1690

9606 LASBURY DRIVE, 77083
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2175490

1ST IMPRESSIONS BY C CALDWELL

Listed in
(469) 500-2366

535 MEADOW HEATH LN, 75232
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2434059

1ST IMPRESSIONS BY C CALDWELL

Listed in
(469) 500-2366

535 MEADOW HEATH LN, 75232
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2434059

1ST IN CLASS TRANSPORT

Listed in
(214) 854-6558

1232 N HWY 67, 75104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379973

1ST IN CLASS TRANSPORT

Listed in
(214) 854-6558

1232 N HWY 67, 75104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379973

1ST JR AUTO CARRIER INC

Listed in
3401 E HWY 281, 78557
Interstate
2446363

1ST JR AUTO CARRIER INC

Listed in
3401 E HWY 281, 78557
Interstate
2446363

1ST KING TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(830) 980-3608

27904 N HWY 281 #103, 78260
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2465530

1ST PROPANE NORTH TEXAS LLC

Listed in
(940) 627-3303

39 US HIGHWAY 380 WEST, 76426
Intrastate Hazmat
2336265

1ST PROPANE NORTH TEXAS LLC

Listed in
(940) 627-3303

39 US HIGHWAY 380 WEST, 76426
Intrastate Hazmat
2336265

1ST RESPONSE EQUIPMENT REPAIR LLC

Listed in
(281) 601-4640

23440 US HWY 59 SOUTH, 77365
Intrastate Hazmat
2380588

1ST RESPONSE EQUIPMENT REPAIR LLC

Listed in
(281) 601-4640

23440 US HWY 59 SOUTH, 77365
Intrastate Hazmat
2380588