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What Is a Transfer Driver and How to Become One

What Is a Transfer Driver?

A transfer driver uses a truck and trailer or a dump truck to haul a load from one location to another. Job duties include inspecting the truck for mechanical issues, filling out paperwork, communicating with a dispatcher, and helping load and unload freight. This job requires a valid truck driver’s license for the specific type of truck. The main career qualifications include experience working alone, communication skills, and the ability to complete paperwork correctly.

How to Become a Transfer Driver

The qualifications to become a transfer driver include a relevant driver's license, a high school diploma, and navigation skills. The type of license that you need for this career varies depending on your job duties. If you operate a truck that weighs more than 13 tons, you need a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL). To drive box trucks and buses, you need a Class B CDL. To succeed in this job, you need the skills to navigate around a particular city or region. You may also need to have the physical ability to load and unload cargo.