Maryland Truck Driving Schools

There are many CDL schools located in Baltimore and the surrounding area. However it is easy to find trucking schools in cities like Columbia, Annapolis, Frederick, Gaithersburg and Metro D.C. Our map makes it easy to locate a truck driving school in your area. You can use our table to get the contact information needed to reach out to these schools to further inquire about their Class A CDL licensing programs.

NameAddressPhone
Shippers' Choice - CDL Training School130 Lubrano Dr #316, Annapolis, MD 21401410-266-5685
Anne Arundel Community College101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012410-777-2222
160 Driving Academy of Baltimore7500 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224443-500-5355
CFI CDL Truck driving school3426 S Hanover St Unit A, Baltimore, MD 21225301-741-2223
CCBC Essex7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237443-840-2222
TransForce, Inc.2200 Broening Hwy # 255, Baltimore, MD 21224410-633-7444
C & T Transportation Co2014 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218410-366-3342
Torchwood Transportation Inc1244 Woodbourne Ave, Baltimore, MD 21239410-433-4205
CT Transportation, LLC2150 S Newkirk St, Baltimore, MD 21224410-276-2737
C H Robinson Co1200 Steuart St, Baltimore, MD 21230410-312-4885
Superior Carriers Inc3230 Annapolis Rd, Baltimore, MD 21230410-355-7774
Y & L Transportation2020 Gable Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230410-644-0980
NCIA Herbert J Hoelter Vocational Training Center301 S Central Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202
FedEx Home Delivery1811 Portal St, Baltimore, MD 21224800-463-3339
Start CDL Training3426 S Hanover St Unit A, Baltimore, MD 21225301-741-2223
Harford Community College401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015443-412-2000
Bright Future Driving School10442 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705240-965-6244
Rochambeau French International School9600 Forest Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814301-530-8260
G & M Transportation7060 Jacob Smith Pl, Bryans Road, MD 20616301-283-6666
Touchstone CDL Academy9805B York Rd Suite 293, Cockeysville, MD 21030443-410-4027
Howard Community College10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044443-518-1000
Bates trucking327 N Aurora St, Easton, MD 21601301-773-2069
Werner Enterprises Inc6680 Business Pkwy, Elkridge, MD 21075410-379-5606
CFI CDL Truck driving school751 Elkton Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921301-741-2223
C.H. Robinson Baltimore, Maryland6031 University Blvd, Ellicott City, MD 21043410-750-1321
CDL Training4 McCain Dr, Frederick, MD 21703301-300-4400
Frederick Community College7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21701301-846-2400
Richard B Rudy Inc1 Bernard St, Frederick, MD 21701301-663-9041
Blackhorse Carriers Inc8751 Gas House Pike, Frederick, MD 21701301-698-0611
Ramar Transportation & Logistics Group - Agent for Mayflower28-A Thomas Johnson Dr, Frederick, MD 21702301-620-1609
BDR Express4844 Winchester Blvd #2, Frederick, MD 21703301-694-1216
Grimes Systems Co Inc1301 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701301-662-9447
Cdl Training - Mr. George's Driving School - Driving Instructor16079 Comprint Cir, Gaithersburg, MD 20877301-355-5007
HCDL Training Centeroffice 3A, 101 Chestnut St office 3A, Gaithersburg, MD 20877301-825-4488
Montgomery College Business Training Center12 S Summit Ave Suite 400, Gaithersburg, MD 20877240-567-5188
Three Angels Trucking8511 Snouffer School Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879301-678-9940
Garrett College12601 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536301-895-4700
Hagerstown Community College11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742240-500-2000
D M Bowman Inc Williamsport18522 Leslie Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740301-733-3320
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) Hagerstown Campus - School for Aviation Maintenance14516 Pennsylvania Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742240-347-4805
Jerr-Dan Corporation13224 Fountain Head Plaza, Hagerstown, MD 21742717-597-7111
Cowan Systems LLC4555 Hollins Ferry Rd, Halethorpe, MD 21227410-247-0800
Ward Trucking LLC3639 Benson Ave, Halethorpe, MD 21227410-644-8280
Win Transport Inc4810 Williamsburg Rd # 4, Hurlock, MD 21643410-943-0200
Alex CDL1401 University Blvd E g27, Hyattsville, MD 20783301-946-0341
Western Express4814 Frolich Ln, Hyattsville, MD 20781240-770-3665
College of Southern Maryland8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646301-934-2251
Prince George's Community College301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774301-546-7422
Prince George's Community College: CDL Training312 Marshall Ave #204-A, Laurel, MD 20707443-518-4172
CDL Book Club401 Main St a, Laurel, MD 20707240-581-2452
Laurel College Center312 Marshall Ave #205, Laurel, MD 20707443-518-4162
Saia LTL Freight9007 Marshall Ave, Laurel, MD 20707888-536-5698
Maryland Permit Services57 W Timonium Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093410-561-1901
msd freight broker company ( class A transportation)744 Maple Crest Dr, Middle River, MD 21220443-224-4069
Cecil College1 Seahawk Dr, North East, MD 21901410-287-1000
Superior Carriers Inc4302 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122410-255-2098
Brooks Transportation Services Inc4576 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122410-255-6217
Cecil College CDL Training748 Jacob Tome Memorial Hwy, Port Deposit, MD 21904410-287-1615
Ivymount School11614 Seven Locks Rd, Rockville, MD 20854301-469-0223
American United Auto Transport4921 Bucks School House Rd, Rosedale, MD 21237410-267-3413
Wor-Wic Community College32000 Campus Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804410-334-2800
Percontee Inc11700 Cherry Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904301-622-6488 ext. 103
CCBC CDL SchoolSparrows Point, MD 21219
KRP Trucking Inc3317 Dublin School Rd, Street, MD 21154410-836-9780
Carroll Community College - Continuing Education & Training1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157410-386-8100
D.M. Bowman Inc - Corporate Office10228 Governor Lane Boulevard #3006, Williamsport, MD 21795301-223-6900
D.M. Bowman Inc. - Williamsport Terminal10038 Governor Lane Boulevard, Williamsport, MD 21795301-223-6900
North American Trade Schools6901 Security Blvd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244800-638-5490
ABC Transportation LLC2106 Leroy Dr, Woodbine, MD 21797410-549-3149
Chesapeake CollegeChesapeake College, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679410-822-5400

With an ideal trading location on the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Canal, the Port of Baltimore is the destination for many imports and exports going to and from the Midwest of the United States. With links to many major interstate highways, Maryland is a busy hub for transporting goods all across the Eastern United States.

With a growing economy and an increased demand for transported product, Maryland trucking companies are searching for qualified drivers to help move more material. Obtaining a Class A CDL license is necessary for operating a 18 wheeler, and the first step towards achieving that license is by attending a truck driving school.

Truck driving school requirements

All truck driving schools will have different requirements for attending their programs. For example, some may require that you can communicate using English as a language, as they may not have instructors who can speak other languages.

There are several basic requirements that you must fulfill for attending a truck driving school in the state of Maryland. These include:

  • Being at least 18 years of age
  • Holding a Class D drivers license (what you need to operate a passenger car)
  • Passing a vision test with or without glasses
  • Being physically able to operate an 18 wheeler – you will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate

As you reach out to schools, they will verify that you have met all of these requirements prior to discussing their programs.

What do you learn in truck driving school?

Instructors will be tasked with making sure that you are both capable and comfortable with operating an 18 wheeler on your own, and that you are able to correctly respond to high-risk situations.

To start, instructors will walk you through the basics of the tractor trailer: the dashboard controls, coupling and uncoupling, and the ins and outs of the truck. Eventually you will learn how to properly maneuver a tractor trailer in which you will be taught how to dock, upshift, downshift, turn, back up, and complete other challenging tasks. As you get further into the class, the difficult of these maneuvers will increase, so you will face a new challenge every day.

In addition to time in the yard, you will spend quite a bit of time in a classroom setting. Here you will learn how to fill out a logbook, completing a pre-trip inspection, hazardous materials handling, and rules and regulations for the state of Maryland and nationwide. While classroom time may not sound all that appealing, it will help prepare you for the written section of the CDL test, which you must pass in order to receive your Class A CDL license.

Choosing the best truck driving school

Once you make a list of trucking schools within your geographic area, you will want to start calling them and asking a few basic questions, which are outlined in greater detail below:

  • What is the cost of tuition?
  • How many hours do I spend in a classroom setting vs. out in the yard?
  • What is the maximum size of your classrooms?
  • What is your job placement rate?
  • What are some companies that your students work for after graduating from your program?

Cost

Cost of tuition will vary based on the level of accreditation that you are looking to achieve. Most Class A CDL programs range within $3,000 – $7,000 however some programs automatically provide you with additional endorsements. If you have a specific type of trucking job in mind, then you may be able to negotiate the price to include or exclude certain endorsements. However, it’s not a bad idea to obtain additional Class A CDL endorsements to ensure that you are qualified for future job openings.

Some truck driving schools bring in students from far away and may need basic necessities like food and lodging. Check to see if this is a part of the program – if you plan on driving in every day from home and eating your own meals, then you obviously don’t want to pay for this.

Classroom hours vs. yard hours

Having a fleet of tractor trailers on hand for training purposes is expensive, and only so many students can interact with an 18 wheeler at the same time, so yard time is more expensive than classroom time from the perspective of the truck driving school. If you want to attend a school that provides extra yard time, then this should be a strong consideration.

Size of classrooms

You’ll want as much one-on-one time as possible with the instructors. Most truck driving schools limit the number of students per instructor to around 7 – 10 students, but that is not always the case. Small classroom sizes also shows that the instructors want to take the time with each student to make sure that they are soaking in all of the information that they’ll need on the job.

Job placement rate

Most good CDL schools will showcase their high job placement rates to show that their students go on to get jobs in the trucking industry. If any schools gloss over this question, it may be a concerning sign. You can also find online reviews of the school to see what previous students thought of the school and the instructors. However, like everything on the internet, these should be taken with a grain of salt.

Companies that are hiring

A good truck driving school will have strong connections with good trucking companies in Maryland. These companies rely on CDL schools to fill job openings, so the school may have close contacts with HR departments of trucking companies. Great schools will also keep in touch with their past students and pass along any additional job opportunities for those looking to switch companies.