New Mexico Truck Driving Schools

There are many companies, small and large, that are looking to hire truckers for their fleet throughout the state. Obtaining your Commercial Drivers License is the first step to accessing these careers.

Salary & Career Outlook

The average salary for truck driving careers in New Mexico is $38,230, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Depending upon which industry you work in and what city you are based out of, your salary can vary.

You will have many opportunities to become employed as a truck driver. Every industry has something unique about it. The hazmat industries pay higher, but they also require you to have additional endorsements on your license. General trucking industries may also keep you closer to home, which can be an advantage.

There will also be more opportunities for you to choose from within the next 10 years. Out of the many careers in the country trucking has one of the higher growth estimates, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This can include up to a 21 percent growth, proving job stability for you.

Truck Driving Job Advantages

There are some large corporations that have their headquarters in New Mexico, which provides you with ample opportunities to engage in a truck driving career. These corporations span many industries, so you will need to explore each one individually.

There are also plenty of other reasons to become a truck driver. Not only can you avoid a four-year college, but you can also avoid an office job. You will not have to sit in front of a computer and the only form of technology that you will have to deal with on a regular basis is what you have within the cab of your truck and any kind of communications device that your employer gives you, such as a smartphone or tablet.

State Laws & Regulations

The state laws surrounding a CDL include being at least 18 years of age, having a valid driverís license, and obtaining a medical certificate that shows you are physically and mentally capable of driving a commercial truck.

You will also need to adhere to DOT laws within the state. This includes submitting monthly reports to show that you are not driving more than 11 hours at one time and that you are not driving more than 60 hours in a seven day workweek or 70 hours in an eight day workweek.

There are other laws that you will also need to be aware of in New Mexico. Such laws include traffic laws, anti-idling laws, and snow tire laws in the winter.

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New Mexico CDL Requirements

To receive your CDL license in New Mexico, commercial drivers must train, take a written and skills test and be declared fit for the job, according to federal standards, by a medical doctor. There are also age restrictions; you must be at least 18 to be a commercial driver in New Mexico and 21 if you want to drive out of state.

To drive trucks in New Mexico, you need a Commercial Driverís License. You need special skills that will keep you and other motorists safe. Here is some information to help you through the process.

You need a CDL in New Mexico if you:

  • Drive a truck that weighs more than 26,000 pounds or that has a trailer, that with the truck, weighs 26,000 pounds or more

  • Have a truck that has hazardous placards on it

  • Will be driving a vehicle that carries 16 passengers or more

What endorsements do you need?

  • Class A endorsement - for vehicles that have a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) over 26,000 pounds with a trailer that is over 10,000 pounds

  • Class B endorsement - for trucks exceeding GCWR over 26,000 pounds with the trailer not exceeding 10,000 pounds

  • Class C endorsement - for drivers who carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver) and for vehicles not covered by Class A or Class B that carry Hazardous Materials

What special knowledge exams are required?

  • Hazardous Materials - drivers who carry hazardous materials in large amounts

  • Passenger Transport - school bus drivers

  • Doubles-Triples - drivers who want to pull more than one trailer

  • Air Brakes - if your rig has air brakes on it

  • Tankers - for those who will be hauling liquid in large amounts

  • Combination - if you are planning to drive a combination of vehicles

What do the skills tests include?

  • A hands-on exam to test your ability to keep your truck safe

  • A control of vehicle test to see how you handle your vehicle

  • An on the road test to see how you react in various driving situations

What does the Motor Vehicle Department require of you?

  • Pass the MVDís written exam, and all of the exams for special endorsements for your class vehicle

  • A CDL learnerís permit (a valid CDL license from another state is acceptable)

  • Pass the skills testing

When you have passed your testing

  • Bring all documentation to the MVP, which includes test scores (in a sealed envelope)

  • Medical exam reports

  • Proof of identity, U.S. citizenship or Naturalization papers, or a permanent alien resident card

  • Social Security Card

  • Two proofs of residency in New Mexico

Albuquerque Tech Truck Driver Training
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Artesia Training Academy
3205 W. Main
Artesia, NM 88210

Clovis Comminity College
417 Shepps Blvd.
Clovis, NM 88101

Freeway Truck Driving School
2518 Coors Blvd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121

International School
301 Victory Lane
Sunland Park, NM 88063

Mesalands Community College
911 S. 10th St.
Tucumcari, NM 88401

MTA Dona Community College
2001 Copper Loop #11
Las Cruces, NM 88005

Rocky Mtn. TDS
3636 Menaul NE #327
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Western Truck School
150 Woodward Unit A
Albuquerque, NM 87107