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Commercial Driver License

What class of a Commercial Driver License (CDL) do I need?
The class of a CDL needed by a driver depends on the type of vehicle that is to be operated. An individual seeking a CDL will be required to take a CDL knowledge test. The general knowledge test is required for all CDL applicants. Depending on the vehicle's class and application, an individual may be required to take additional test(s) for the required endorsement(s).

Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Classes

There are three defined groups of CMV that an individual may apply for a license to operate.

 

CMV Class Description

Class A

Any vehicle with a semi-trailer or trailer with two or more axles. This group also includes any combination of vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed vehicle is in excess of 10,000 pounds. 

Class B Any Heavy Straight Vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds is classified in Group B, as well as any vehicle towing another vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds. 
 
Class C Any vehicle that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or is used in the transportation of materials classified as hazardous in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act.
 

Commercial Driver  (CDL) Classes

An individual may get a CDL with one of the following four classes.

 

CDL Class Description

Class A

The permit holder is eligible to drive any Group A vehicle.

Class B The permit holder is eligible to drive any Group B vehicle.
 
Class C The permit holder is eligible to drive any Group C vehicle.
 

Available CDL Endorsements

Every individual seeking a CDL is required to take the 50 question general section of the CDL knowledge test. Depending on the vehicle's class and application, an individual may be required to take additional test(s) to qualify for all of the required endorsement(s). A test section for each additional endorsement will consist of the number of questions specified below.

Endorsement Number of Questions Description
H   (Hazardous Materials) 30 Required for any vehicle required to be placarded for hazardous materials.
 
T   (Double / Triple Trailer) 20 Required for any vehicle towing two or more trailers.
 
N   (Tank) 20 Required for any tank vehicle designed to transport 10,000 or more gallons.
 
P   (Passenger) 20 Required for any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the operator.
 
S   (School Bus)  20 Required for driver license Class A, B or C when operating a school bus with passengers.
 

 

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