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Truck drivers often must obtain certain specific endorsements to be able to drive certain vehicles. These endorsements allow drivers to operate various vehicles that have different features and/or equipment.
Some of the more common endorsements that you may need to get include:
- T - Double/Triple Trailers (Knowledge Test only)
- P - Passenger (Knowledge and Skills Tests)
- N - Tank Vehicle (Knowledge Test only)
- H - Hazardous Materials (Knowledge Test only)
- X - Combination of Tank Vehicle and Hazardous Materials
Endorsements are obtained usually by passing a written test. A hazmat endorsement also requires drivers to pass a background screening. It is a good idea to get these basic endorsements up front, and you will have more jobs available to you after you graduate.