Alabama Truck Driving Schools

If you’re looking for a reliable job for years to come that offers great benefits, a good wage, and flexible hours, then pursuing a career in trucking is an excellent career option for you. In order to become a licensed truck driver in Alabama, you’ll need to get a Class A CDL permit. Fortunately, there are many schools across Alabama that offer CDL training to help you prepare for and pass your CDL written and driving test.

CDL School vs Company Training

There are plenty of pros and cons when it comes to using a CDL school vs. using a company.

Company Training

A company may be able to offer free CDL training, which allows you to put no money down up-front. However, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. You are expected to “pay back” the cost of training in some way – by entering into a contract, taking it out of your wages, or working for free for a certain period of time. The good news is that many companies offer some level of flexibility when it comes to paying back the cost of training. You also will already have a job lined up once you complete training, however that is not always a good thing.

CDL School

Using a CDL training program allows you to choose between multiple job offers and. Truck drivers are in demand, so most people finishing their CDL school training and passing the certification tests will not have trouble finding a new truck driving job in Alabama. If you are able to receive more than one offer, you can choose the one with the best terms and possibly negotiate terms of your contract.

Truck driving schools may also be able to provide tuition assistance to help cover the upfront costs of attending their program. They may also be able to help you find additional grants or scholarship options offered at their program or externally.

For these reasons, it’s often in your best interests to use a CDL training school instead of training through a trucking company. If you’re looking to just “test the waters” of truck driving, going through a truck driving company may also not make sense, as you may have to commit to working with the company for a year or two after you complete training. If you’re serious about truck driving as a long-term commitment, CDL schools provide additional opportunities that can pay out in the long-run.

Finding a Truck Driving School

It may sound obvious, but going with a CDL school that is closest to you may or may not be the best idea. Reach out to several different schools to get information on tuition, instructors, training program options, and their connections to potential employers. You’ll be spending plenty of future hours on the road, so you’ll want to attend the best CDL school possible.

We’ve listed out some of the top truck driving schools in Alabama below. You can also use our map to find a program that is near your location. Use the Search box to filter by city or zip code.

NameAddressPhone
Marshall Technical School12312 US-431, Guntersville, AL 35976256-582-5629
Affordable Truck Driver Training170 Franklin Smith Rd, Moulton, AL 35650256-974-4120
Express CDL Practice Test1520 7th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203205-322-5436
Truck Driver Institute, Inc.4939 US-78, Oxford, AL 36203800-848-7364
Boyd Driving Academy3901 Acipco Industrial Dr, Birmingham, AL 35214205-566-4193
Academy of Craft Training3500 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222205-870-9768
Bevill State Comm Clg TruckHwy 78, Sumiton, AL 35148205-648-3417
Lawson State Community College3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221205-925-2515
ESD School LLC1403 Beltline Rd SW suite a, Decatur, AL 35601256-432-0430
American Truck Driving Academy5018 US-80, Opelika, AL 36804334-298-9194
Old Dominion Freight Line601 Republic St, Birmingham, AL 35214205-321-6124
Bevill State Community College1411 Indiana Ave, Jasper, AL 35501800-648-3271
Central Alabama Community College34091 US-280, Childersburg, AL 35044256-378-5576
Bishop State Truck Driving School4551 Halls Mill Rd, Mobile, AL 36693251-660-1733
Wallace State Community College801 Main St NW, Hanceville, AL 35077256-352-8000
CDL Southern Training School LLC4150 Hwy 231 suite 10, Laceys Spring, AL 35754256-426-4962
Shelton State Community College9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405205-391-2211
ESD School, LLC5930 Rangeline Rd, Theodore, AL 36582251-333-7575
Southern Union College750 Roberts St, Wadley, AL 36276256-395-2211
CDL of AL19653 AL-59, Summerdale, AL 36580251-989-0740
Davis CDL Truck Driving School3882 Reeves St, Dothan, AL 36303334-405-8000
Reid State Technical College100 AL-83, Evergreen, AL 36401251-578-1313
Trenholm State Community College1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36108334-420-4200
Alabama Aviation College3405 US-231, Ozark, AL 36360334-774-5113
Bishop State Community College925 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36605251-665-4100
Calhoun Community College6250 US-31, Tanner, AL 35671256-306-2500
CDL Training LLC858 Cambridge Dr, Winfield, AL 35594205-487-0180
Bishop State Truck Driving School, Jackson Campus2405 Coffeeville Rd, Jackson, AL 36545
Bishop State Community College Main Campus351 N Broad St, Mobile, AL 36603251-405-7000
University of Alabama at Birmingham1720 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294205-934-4011
Bevill State879 Hwy 78, Sumiton, AL 35148205-648-3271
TransForce, Inc.1042 Commerce Blvd, Pelham, AL 35124205-916-0259
Alabama A&M UniversityHuntsville, AL 35811256-372-5000
AGAPE CDL Training4204 Selma Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36108
Trenholm State Community College-Patterson Campus3920 Troy Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36116334-420-4200
The University of AlabamaTuscaloosa, AL 35487205-348-6010
Vernon Milling Company44080 AL-17, Vernon, AL 35592877-298-7697
Transportation Support Inc721 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35235205-833-6336
Montgomery Transport, LLC2563 Commerce Cir, Birmingham, AL 35217205-320-6000
Affordable Truck Driver Training4939 US-78, Oxford, AL 36203800-848-7364
McElroy Truck Lines, Inc111 Highway 80 Spur, Cuba, AL 36907205-392-5579
Enterprise State Community College600 Plaza Dr, Enterprise, AL 36330334-347-2623
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.3783 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36116800-452-4868
Ingram State Technical College5375 Ingram Rd, Deatsville, AL 36022334-285-5177
Lurleen B Wallace Community College1000 Danelly Blvd, Andalusia, AL 36420334-222-6591
Gadsden State Community College - Wallace Drive Campus1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, AL 35903256-549-8200
Old Dominion Freight Line3378 Wall Triana Hwy SW, Huntsville, AL 35824256-464-9086
C.H. Robinson2101 Clinton Ave W #301, Huntsville, AL 35805256-551-2100
Saia LTL Freight1405 County Line Rd, Madison, AL 35756256-464-0200
Calhoun Community College102 Wynn Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35805256-890-4700
North Alabama Skill Center2535 Sparkman Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35810256-859-9360
Central Transport166 Old Hwy 24 W, Decatur, AL 35601586-467-1900
The University of Alabama in HuntsvilleShelby Center for Science and Technology, 301 Sparkman Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35899256-824-1000
XPO Logistics315 Woodall Rd SW, Decatur, AL 35601256-351-0390
R E Garrison Trucking Inc1103 Co Rd 1194, Vinemont, AL 35179256-255-5500
James R Smith Trucking240 County Rd 222, Cullman, AL 35055256-734-0511
James A Smith Transportation411 Schwaiger Rd, Cullman, AL 35055256-739-1408
Acme Truck Lines1105 Foster Mill Rd, Town Creek, AL 35672
Storey Trucking Co Inc1420 Co Rd 422, Henagar, AL 35978256-657-3284
Lynch Logistics1353 Bolte Rd SE, Cullman, AL 35055256-734-1005
All Metals Transportation2412 Beltline Rd SW, Decatur, AL 35601256-686-1236
Harris Hall6250 US-31, Tanner, AL 35671800-626-3628
AEDT CAPANO RANGELaceys Spring, AL 35754
Alabama Center for the Arts, Phase II133 2nd Ave NE, Decatur, AL 35601256-260-3007
Labor Finders Huntsville2709 Governors Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35805256-533-2604
Southern Haulers, LLC2157 Co Rd 16, Calera, AL 35040800-537-4621
Northeast Alabama Community College138 AL-35, Rainsville, AL 35986256-638-4418

Financial Assistance

The cost of attending a trucking school doesn’t need to be as high as you think. There are many scholarships and grants available to Alabama residents that can be applied to a CDL school.

Check with the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to see what financial aid options may be available to you. If you use a technical college or community college, be sure to ask the financial aid department about any grant or scholarship opportunities that are available to students. Your truck driving school may also be able to provide recommendations or offer loans to help you pay the cost of tuition over a period of time.