Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Course
WHAT IS A COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE (CDL)?
A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required in the United States to operate any type of vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 lb (11,793 kg) or over. This includes (but is not limited to) tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses designed to transport 16 or more people including the operator; or a vehicle which is placarded to carry hazardous materials.
Class A - Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more if the vehicle(s) being towed has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles in this class include:
- Truck and trailer combinations
- Tractor-trailer buses
Class B - Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds, or more towing another vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less. This class includes:
- Straight trucks
- Large buses
- Segmented buses
- Trucks towing vehicles with GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less
Class C - Any vehicle that is not included in classes A or B that carries hazardous materials or is designed to carry 16 or more occupants, including the driver.
The class of a vehicle is determined by its gross vehicle weight rating and the manufacturer's design. The vehicle's class determines the type of CDL and endorsements that you need. If you drive a redesigned or altered vehicle, the vehicle's original class determines the type of CDL and endorsements that you need. The type of CDL that you need is not determined by the class that the redesigned vehicle falls within.
Permits you to drive a vehicle that transports hazardous materials. You must successfully complete the hazardous materials knowledge exam and background check.
Permits you to drive a tank vehicle.
Permits you to drive a passenger-carrying vehicle. You must take the road test in the class vehicle you wish to operate.
Permits you to drive a school bus. You must successfully complete the school bus knowledge exam and road skills test.
Permits you to drive a vehicle towing a double or triple trailer.