I'm not sure about the North American CDL, but I do currently have a Class A CDL from the State of Pennsylvania, fully endorsed with all the bells
and whistles. I can legally drive anywhere in the US and Canada. It is a valid license to cross borders with. US to Canada shipments are delivered
without problems (My uncle currently delivers to Canada quite often from the US with a Class B CDL issued from New York State.)
The company that I previous worked for (back in 1998) didn't have us to go across to Mexico, but had us drop ship at the border to someone else who
took the deliveries into Mexico. Also, my husband had a DUI on his record, so he can never legally drive in Canada to make CDL deliveries, so that
wasn't something we did either.
SNIP* Even if the border opens to Mexican trucks, American truckers won't be allowed to enter Mexico. That's because Mexican labor groups and the
Mexican federal transportation agency have pressured President Vincente Fox to bar American trucks.
But the most serious concern should be the relative ease of getting a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Mexico.
"OOIDA is less than confident in the security of the Mexican system to issue CDLs," Spencer said. "Beyond whether or not a Mexican CDL indicates
whether a driver is qualified to drive a truck, we understand that it is relatively easy to purchase a Mexican CDL if you know the right people or
have enough money."
Snip* Safety is not the only challenge Mexican trucks and drivers pose to the United States. OOIDA is concerned that neither the Immigration and
Naturalization Service nor Customs Service are prepared to oversee the compliance by Mexican drivers and trucks with laws enforced by those agencies.
Under NAFTA, a Mexican truck can only deliver a cross-border shipment to a destination in the United States, pick up another shipment for return to
Mexico, or drive through the United States on the way to Canada. We have no system in place to ensure they adhere to these restrictions.
I haven't seen anything at all about the North American CDL, and have done some extensive searching on this subject for you. All I have really found
is a bunch of NAFTA information, CA and KY issues about the Mexican CDL holders not just making their deliveries, but picking up shipments within the
States and delivering to other States, which is against NAFTA Rules.
The only thing I could think of, would be that this Company that delivers to you are trying to be one of the first to "clean up" their act in Mexico
and follow the NAFTA guidelines that us US truckers have to abide by.
The link above is the brochure in pdf version for FMCSA rules and requirements. They do give out special stickers for completing their courses, so
maybe they do also give them a valid license for identification purposes. This brochure is quite interesting reading and was published in June of
I hope this helped you out a bit in your quest for these answers.