Types of CDLs

Types of vehicles that can be driven with each class of CDL

Commercial vehicles are divided into 3 size classes: A, B, and C.

CDL class What you can drive
A
  • A combination vehicle with gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, as long as the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is over 10,000 pounds. Washington State doesn't recognize class A passenger vehicles.
B
  • Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
  • Vehicles towing a trailer with a weight rating of 10,000 (GVWR) pounds or less.
  • Any vehicles listed under Class C, if properly endorsed.
C
  • Vehicles carrying 16 or more persons including the driver.*
  • Vehicles carrying hazardous materials that need a placard.*

* Requires a special endorsement

CDL endorsements

You may also need a special endorsement if you will:

  • Carry passengers.
  • Haul hazardous materials.
  • Drive double-trailer, triple-trailer (not allowed in WA), or tank vehicles.

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