Qualifications to become a tow truck driver vary between states, but drivers typically must be over 18, in good physical health and in possession of a valid driver’s license. Additional qualifications, such as a commercial driver’s license or certification, may help tow truck drivers qualify for better job opportunities.
Many states require tow truck drivers to submit their fingerprints for a criminal background investigation. Most also require drivers to pay a fee before they are authorized to operate a tow truck. In many states, drivers must demonstrate good physical health before operating a tow truck, including passing hearing, vision and physical fitness tests. Most tow truck companies also require drivers to pass a drug test due to driver insurance policies.
As a national law, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires a commercial driver’s license for drivers who tow more than 26,001 pounds. In some states, tow truck drivers must possess a commercial driver’s license regardless of the weight they tow. In order to receive a commercial license, drivers must attend an accredited training course and pass both a written test and a driving test. Even if the state does not require a commercial license, possessing one can help increase employment opportunities for drivers. Professional certification courses for tow truck drivers, which also require coursework and exams, can also help increase job opportunities.