Embarking on a truck driving career can be both exciting and overwhelming. At Mesilla Valley Transportation, we understand that you have questions, and we’re here to provide the answers. This comprehensive guide addresses the most frequently asked questions to help you navigate your journey into truck driving.


How to Become a Truck Driver

Becoming a truck driver involves a few critical steps. Initially, you’ll need to obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) and hold it for at least 14 days. Following this, you must complete an Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) program, which includes three main components: a Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Controls Test, and a Road Test. The timeline can vary from two weeks to several weeks, depending on the path you choose. Here’s a quick rundown:


  1. Get the CLP
  2. Complete ELDT
  3. Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)


Beyond the CDL: Additional Qualifications

While a CDL is your ticket to the truck driving world, MVT looks for candidates with a stable work history and a safe personal driving record. These factors contribute to your overall eligibility and success in the field.


Enrolling in Truck Driving School

To enroll in a truck driving school, you’ll need to meet specific prerequisites, which can vary. The best way to understand these requirements is to contact the school or MVT directly for guidance.


The Process and Challenges

The journey to becoming a truck driver is straightforward with the right guidance. MVT, alongside your chosen school, will provide advice and resources. Additionally, the FMCSA website is a valuable resource for prospective drivers.


CDL Training Duration

CDL training program lengths and curriculums vary but must include essential tests such as the Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Controls Test, and Road Test to ensure a comprehensive learning experience.


Truck Driving Jobs and Opportunities

After graduation, new drivers typically start working with an experienced Mentor. At MVT, we ensure that recent graduates work with a mentor for up to 60,000 miles, allowing you to gain confidence and proficiency on the road.


International Candidates

For those outside the USA looking to pursue a truck driving career, obtaining the right to work in the US is the first step. MVT collaborates with Visa Solutions to guide you through this process.


Costs and Financing

The cost of attending truck driving school varies, but financing options and other forms of assistance may be available to help cover expenses.


Working Hours, Schedules, and Advancement

Truck driving schedules can vary based on numerous factors, including serviced customers and running lanes. MVT offers a range of career paths for drivers, from moving into desired divisions, becoming a mentor, truck owner, or exploring office career paths.


The Daily Life of a Truck Driver

Truck driving is a unique career path that many find rewarding for various reasons, from the impact on the economy to the ever-changing views from the “office” window. At MVT, we cherish the long-lasting relationships developed within our community and recognize the financial motivations that keep our drivers passionate about their profession.



Embarking on a truck driving career with Mesilla Valley Transportation opens a world of opportunities. Whether you’re just starting or looking to make a career change, MVT is here to support you every step of the way. With comprehensive training, a variety of job opportunities, and a supportive community, we’re dedicated to helping you succeed in this dynamic and rewarding industry.


Join us on the road to success. Your journey starts here. For more information, call 575 – CDL – JOBS!


*Please note that the process of becoming a truck driver may vary from state to state in the USA. We recommend consulting with local authorities or contacting Mesilla Valley Transportation for state-specific information.