In the United States, delivery drivers are needed to transport everything from goods to people to pizza every day in every state. There are usually only minimal education requirements for most driving jobs, but proper licensing is crucial.
Regardless of what you choose to transport, there are some skills that every successful driver must possess:
A courier's job is to pick up packages and documents from businesses, institutions, government agencies and individuals and deliver them to their destination within the area. Some employers supply the delivery vehicle, but often couriers need to use their own. Motorcycles can be used to deliver in some circumstances, but the courier must supply the bike. A courier position normally does not require a special driving certification.
Transporting people requires a slightly different skill set and, depending on what you drive, different driver's license classification. Taxi drivers and private drivers face different licensing issues from state to state, but normally they need a chauffeur license or a passenger endorsement on their license. A, B, C or E classifications may also be necessary. A bus driver needs to have a commercial driver's licenseand be able to pass the compulsory vision and hearing standards. Other endorsements may also be required.
Guidelines for delivery driver jobs generally depend on what is being delivered, but for many, all that is required is a valid driver's license, a safe driving record, a dependable car and basic knowledge of the delivery area. If you plan to deliver packages for a company like FedEx or UPS, you only need a CDL if your vehicle is over 10,000 lbs. Some companies pay new employees the difference in the price of a regular license and a CDL.
These are only a few of the driving jobs available for the right job applicant. Be aware of the state and individual company requirements. You may not need to have all the certifications when you apply, but you will need to be ready when the training is over.