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Commercial Driver License (CDL) Classes

Overview

This page lists the Commercial Driver License (CDL) classes with related qualifications.
 
Use the links below to go directly to any section:
Class A
A Class A CDL authorizes the operation of any vehicle or combination of vehicles, except the person may not operate any vehicle for which a specific endorsement is required unless the person obtains that endorsement.

To Qualify/Apply
In order to qualify and apply, you must:
Note: The Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Control Skills and Drive Tests may be conducted by DMV or by a Third Party Tester.

Class B
A Class B CDL authorizes the operation of any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVW or GVWR. A person may not operate any vehicle for which a specific endorsement is required unless the person obtains that endorsement.

To Qualify/Apply
In order to qualify and apply, you must:
Note: The Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Control Skills and Drive Tests may be conducted by DMV or by a Third Party Tester.

Class C
A Class C CDL authorizes the operation of:
  • Any vehicle that is designed to transport 16 or more persons (except a school bus), including the driver, if the GVW and GVWR is less than 26,001 pounds and the person has a passenger endorsement;
  • Any vehicle used in the transportation of hazardous materials, in quantities that require placarding by law, if the GVW and GVWR is less than 26,001 pounds and the person has a hazardous materials endorsement.
A person may not operate any vehicle for which a specific endorsement is required unless the person obtains that endorsement.

To Qualify/Apply
In order to qualify and apply, you must:
Note: The Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Control Skills and Drive Tests may be conducted by DMV or by a Third Party Tester.

Related Information

Additional information that may be relevant includes: