Fleet Terms

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

What is a commercial driver's license?

A commercial driver's license is a driver's license required to operate large, heavy, or hazardous material vehicles.

What are the CDL requirements?

There are three classes of commercial driver’s license (A, B and C); each with its own specific requirements. Requirements to obtain a CDL include passing a commercial learner’s permit test and passing a road skills test a minimum of 14 days after obtaining a commercial learner’s permit. Requirements differ by state, so be sure to visit your local DMV’s website for more details.

CLASS A CDL requirements:

A Class A CDL is required in order to operate a vehicle with a gross combined weight of at least 26,001 pounds and a towed vehicle (or trailer) that weighs 10,000 pounds or more. A class A would allow you to operate vehicles such as a Class 8 tractor trailers.

CLASS B CDL requirements:

A Class B CDL is required in order to operate a vehicle that is at least 26,001 pounds but can only tow another vehicle (or trailer) that ways 10,000 pounds or less. A Class B CDL would allow you to operate buses and box trucks.

CLASS C CDL requirements:

A Class C CDL is required in order to operate a vehicle that can transport 16 passengers (including the driver) or smaller HAZMAT vehicles (with proper endorsements).

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