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Other basic driver qualification requirements for drivers include the following:

  1. Must be at least 21 years old;
  2. Can read and speak the English language well enough to do the job (including being able to read traffic signs, complete forms, and converse with enforcement officers);
  3. Can safely operate the motor vehicle he/she will be driving;
  4. Is physically qualified to operate the vehicle in accordance with Sec. 391.41;
  5. Has a currently valid commercial motor vehicle operator’s license issued by only one state or jurisdiction;
  6. Has provided a list of violations as required by Sec. 391.27;
  7. Is not disqualified to operate a motor vehicle under Secs. 391.15 or 383.51; and
  8. Has successfully completed a road test or its equivalent (Sec. 391.31, 391.33).

To help a carrier determine a driver’s qualification status, the regulations require the carrier to request a 3-year driving record and check with the driver’s previous employers.

The motor carrier is required to maintain a driver qualification file for each driver it employs.