Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is CDL ?

The term CDL is an acronym for ‘commercial driver’s license’ which can be acquired by meeting your states certification requirements.

The best way to get your CDL license is by attending a truck training CDL school such as Regal Driving Academy to prepare for a new career in the trucking industry. During training, students learn all the information necessary to prepare for and pass a CDL exam.  

When training is complete, students can fully operate a tractor-trailer with ease.

What is the salary of a Commercial truck driver.

According to it was $66,682 per year (July 2021). Truck drivers are currently in high demand. Commercial driving definitely offers a good pay & career path. Pay would vary on various factors such as experience, Company , Safety record etc. Truckers keep the Shelves of America stocked. All companies from Amazon to the next door Mom & Pop store need trucks to maintain their supplies. As we at RDA say – Arrive ! Drive ! Thrive !

What are the Types of CDL?
To determine if a CDL is required, the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicles must be determined.

A Class A CDL is required to operate a combination vehicle (truck and trailer) if the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) is 26,001 or more pounds when the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the trailer, which is added to the GVWR of the power unit (the truck), is 10,001 pounds or more.

A Class B CDL is required to operate any vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more. A trailer may be towed if the GVWR of the trailer is 10,000 pounds or fewer.

A Class C CDL is required to operate any vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 pounds or fewer if the vehicle is required to be placarded to transport hazardous materials or if the vehicle transports 16 or more passengers, including the driver. An applicant must also have a passenger (P) or hazardous materials endorsement (HME) to obtain a Class C CDL.
Regal Driving Academy preps you up for all type of CDL exams.

How do I choose Class A or Class B ?

A class A license is considered the “universal” CDL, providing the opportunities for driving several different types of commercial trucks and tractor trailers. A class B license also allows operation of different types of vehicles such as straight trucks and dump trucks, but it is more limited than a class A CDL.

How long do CDL classes take?
160 hours. With Regal Driving Academy, you can finish our program in just four 40 hour weeks. In certain cases we also offer night and weekend classes for students who have jobs and other obligations during the day.
I am not from North Carolina, can I train at your Academy ?
Yes! Definitely.
What are the other reasons to take CDL?

Well, if you love travelling and want to see the country, trucking is a great way to do that. As a Commercial Driver, you get paid to do it!

Is it worth the investment?
Absolutely! The average commercial truck driver makes $60,000 a year. With additional endorsements, you could eventually make over $100,000 a year!
What will be taught in our CDL classes?
We will prepare you for your written exam with 50 hours of classroom instruction, 50 hours of Field instruction, 20 hours behind the wheel on highway, 40 hours observation behind the wheel, driving on Local and Interstate roads and learning by observing other students.
Where is your Academy located?

We are located at 3024 Ferrell Rd Kinston, NC 28501.

How do I sign up?

We’re easy to reach by phone or email.

1. Give us a call, the number is at the top and bottom of the page.

2. Click here to fill out our registration form.

3.  Click here to view our Contact Us page with the latest contact info.

What if I don't pass my CDL Test? Can I take it again?
If you fail your CDL test on the first try, don’t worry! You can take the CDL test up to 3 times at no additional cost to you.
How old must I be to get a job in trucking?
In State 18 years. Over The Road (OTR) Trucking is 21 years. Since most trucking jobs involve crossing the state line, the law states you must be 21 years of age.
What are the steps to get a CDL?
A. Get Your CDL Permit

B. Complete CDL Training Program – Attending Regal Driving Academy is a great way to go about getting a Commercial Driver’s License. By training with Regal Driving Academy, you will learn the information needed to pass the written exams and get the hands-on training required to master the pre-trip inspection and the CDL skills test.

C. Pass the driving exam – The CDL Skills Test is a three part test that consists of Pre-trip Inspection, Basic Controls Skills Test, and an On-Road Driving Test.

D. Pick Up Your CDL at the DMV – After passing the Skills Test you can pick up Your CDL at a DMV in your state.

How much does it cost to Train at Regal Driving Academy?

Class – A Training is $5000 total including a $2500 registration fee