Do You Need a CDL to Drive for UPS? Answered

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is not required to drive for UPS as a delivery driver. However, UPS tractor-trailer and freight drivers must have a valid CDL. For more information on UPS’ driver requirements, see below.

Do You Need a CDL to Drive for UPS?

To be a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery driver (think: brown trucks), you do not need a commercial driver’s license (CDL), customer service representatives said. However, UPS tractor-trailer and freight drivers must have a valid CDL. The licensing and testing requirements for each position are as follows:

  • Delivery Drivers
  • Tractor-Trailer Drivers
    • Must have a valid state driver’s license and CDL. A CDL Double endorsement for pulling double trailers is desired, but not required.
    • Must pass a DOT physical and drug test
    • Must pass a UPS road test
    • Must submit a motor vehicle record driving abstract that has been issued within 30 days
    • Must be at least age 21, mentally and physically fit, and fluent in reading and writing English
  • Freight Drivers
    • Must have a valid state driver’s license and a Class A CDL, including Hazmat, Twin Trailer, and Tanker endorsements
    • Must pass a DOT physical and drug test
    • Must be at least age 21, mentally and physically fit, and fluent in reading and writing English

CDL training is not provided by UPS. (For the list of companies that offer CDL training, see our article. And for the list of places where you rent a CDL truck for your test, see our other related article.) UPS does provide some other training, including hands-on training for delivery drivers. For more information and to apply for jobs in your area, visit the UPS career site.

UPS is a global logistics company specializing in package delivery and supply chain management.

In Summary

Do you need a CDL to drive for UPS? No, UPS does not require its delivery drivers to have a CDL. It does, however, required its tractor-trailer and freight drivers to have a valid CDL. Wondering: How long does it take to become a UPS driver? and Are UPS trucks manual or automatic? See our articles for details.

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