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Most trucking companies don’t care what state your CDL is issued by as long as it’s current and not suspended. Your CDL must be based in the state where you have legal residence to make the state happy. Living in CA, going to school in UT, and then moving to OR could have you paying transfer fees and taking/re-taking written/computer tests 3 times. I think my state costs about $50 to transfer a CDL and I have to take written/computer tests for each endorsement (Tanker, HazMat, Double-Triples, Combination, Air brakes). ALL of the test question and answers are online, so passing the test isn’t a problem.

Can you tell me what companies besides Swift you’ve investigated? About 90% of newbies will spend about 30 minutes googling trucking companies and then “decide” to apply at Swift, Prime, Werner, or CR England. In my opinion they “pick” those companies because those companies hire about 1,000 driver per year. And they hire 1,000 drivers a year because 1,000 drivers per year quit them. My rule is “never work for a trucking company until you have communicated with current working drivers at that company.” It’s easy and dangerous to watch some YT videos and hear what they want you to hear and work for a company you will not like. Doing that increases your chances of not being able to stay for 1 year. Those big companies all but guarantee you won’t get home but maybe every month or 6 weeks.

Email the company and ask them about living in 1 state, going to school in another state, and moving to another state. It’s more a company policy issue than legal issue, as long as you have the money and patience to deal with 3 different Dept of Motor Vehicles. Don’t rely on anything the trucking company recruiter tells you in a phone call. Ask them to email you verifying what they are saying if some detail is important to you. I would then verify that answer with a company driver to see if the recruiter is lying. Recruiters lie often.

I recommend you search the message boards at They have company-specific boards for the big companies and almost any question you can think of has been asked and answered there many times before. It’s really best for you to search for the answer before you ask a question that’s been asked 80 times in the last year.