DO YOU NEED A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE?
You need a CDL if you operate any of the following
. • All single vehicles with a manufacturer's weight rating of
26,001 pounds or more
. • All trailers with a manufacturer's weight rating of 10,001
pounds or more, if the gross weight rating of the combined vehicle(s)
is 26,001 pounds or more
. • All vehicles designed to transport 16 or more persons (including
the driver). (Private, church, buses.)
• All vehicles that carry placarded amounts of hazardous materials
(see following section on exemptions).
Occasional drivers are also required to apply for
a CDL and all appropriate endorsements. For example: Mechanics or
truck sales people who test drive on a public roadway
These vehicles are divided into three classes, A,
B, and C. To determine what class of CDL you need, follow the links
to the questions.
A higher class CDL allows you to drive vehicles in
any of the lower classes provided you have the correct endorsements.
There are three types of Commercial Driver's Licenses, Class "A",
Class "B", and Class "C". To see if you need a Commercial Driver's
License, and what class, answer the questions and follow the links.
Do you drive a Combination Vehicle?
- In addition to a CDL, drivers may need special
endorsements if they:
- drive passenger carrying vehicles, (buses);
- pull double or triple trailers
- drive tank vehicles ; or
- haul placarded hazardous materials .