Who needs a CDL?
Types of vehicles that require a CDL
You must have a commercial driver license (CDL) to drive any of the following vehicles:
- 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, and a combined vehicles’ gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more.
- All vehicles designed to transport 16 or more persons (including the driver). This includes private and church buses.
- All school buses, regardless of size.
- All vehicles used to transport any material that requires hazardous material placarding or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR 73.
Occasional drivers, such as mechanics or truck salespeople who test drive the vehicles described above on a public roadway, also need a CDL and any required endorsements.
Find out if you need a CDL
The vehicles described above are divided into 3 classes – Class A, Class B, and Class C. Use the diagram below to see if you need a CDL, and what class of CDL you need. A higher-class CDL allows you to drive vehicles in any of the lower classes if you have the correct endorsements.