A truck driver independent contractor agreement is a document that legally binds a contractor and their client to a working arrangement. Generally speaking, truck drivers are hired to transport goods from one facility to another or from a seller to a buyer. A clear description of the tasks that the contractor is required to fulfill must be provided in the work agreement. Furthermore, the amount and method of payment must also be described, as well as any expenses that the client will cover. The contract can be designed to enable the contractor to hire additional subcontracting truck drivers or to require that they perform the truck driving duties themselves. As a part of the agreement, all vehicles and equipment must be provided by the contractor. Some agreements may also require the contractor to have automotive and liability insurance before accepting the job.

How to Become a Truck Driver

To become a truck driver, an individual must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years old;
  • Have a clean driving record;
  • Attend truck driving school;
  • Pass a physical and a drug examination;
  • Pass the licensing exam; and
  • Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

When training full time, a CDL can be obtained in as little as seven (7) weeks. However, most people are unable to make this time commitment and therefore may need to study part-time. In which case, it can take up to six (6) months to complete a truck driving school program and obtain a CDL.

Truck Driver Salary & Hourly Rate

  • Salary: $43,680 (source: BLS)
  • Hourly Rate: $21.00 (source: BLS)

Truck Driver Independent Contractor Agreement