Commercial Truck Driving Application Steps

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Below are the steps for the CDL program:

  1. Complete and submit the Commercial Truck Driving Application Form.
    • Once your application is processed, you will be contacted via email to pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. Until this fee is paid, you are not able to move forward in the process.
    • The application form requires an upload of TWO items:
      • Current unexpired Georgia Driver’s License. Copies of temporary paper licenses will not be accepted.
      • CDL Class A Learner’s Permit. Your permit can be obtained at any DMV office and it must be valid until the final date of your cohort. Study materials can be acquired at your local Georgia Department of Driver Services.  Permit testing will cover general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicle.
  2. Complete the GSFAPPS application to apply for financial aid including the HOPE GRANT and HOPE CAREER GRANT. Please allow up to seven business days to process your financial aid application.

  3. Once you are within 60 days of the cohort start date, submit the next TWO required items below:
    • Certified 7-year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) must be submitted using the CDL MVR Upload Form. The certified 7-year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) must be acquired in person, at a Georgia Department of Driver Services facility. Reports must not include any moving or non-moving violations. Serious Georgia Commercial Disqualifications must include a reinstatement date or be completely cleared from the Certified Motor Vehicle Report. All certified MVR reports are reviewed for approval by college personnel.
    • MVR dates:
      • Spring 1: January 8 (Earliest Day to get an MVR: November 9)
      • Spring 2: February 15 (Earliest Day to get an MVR: December 16)
      • Spring 3: March 26 (Earliest Day to get an MVR: January 26)
      • Spring 4: (evening class) March 11 (Earliest Day to get an MVR: January 11)
  4. After your MVR has been approved, please obtain your DOT Physical:
    • DOT Physicals must be valid until the final day of your CDL cohort. We recommend using our approved facility (Lake City Chiropractic) to obtain your DOT physical. Lake City is 2 miles from the North Metro campus and will electronically send your results to Chatt Tech.
    • If another facility is used or you already have your physical done, the long form and medical card must be emailed to
    • Students have the option to wait and obtain both their DOT physical and Drug Test at the same time but you must wait until it is within 30 days of the cohort start date.
  5. Once you have completed the steps above, you will be contacted via email with details on how to schedule your drug test appointment with our approved facility – Lake City Chiropractic:
    • FMCSA Drug Test (results sent to Chatt Tech from facility)
    • Drug test dates:
      • Spring 1: January 8  (Earliest day to get Drug Test: December 9)
      • Spring 2: February 15  (Earliest day to get Drug Test: January 16)
      • Spring 3: March 26  (Earliest day to get Drug Test: February 27)
      • Spring 4: (evening class) March 11  (Earliest day to get Drug Test: February 12)
  6. The first 24 students per cohort date to complete all items above will be admitted to Chatt Tech’s Commercial Truck Driving program. Once registered for your classes, you will be notified to make your payment.
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