Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

What is a Class A CDL?

A Class A commercial driver’s license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more, to include a towed vehicle that is HEAVIER than 10,000 lbs.

While your towing allowances will depend on which endorsements you obtain, a few of the vehicles you MAY be able to drive with a Class A CDL (with proper endorsements) include:

  • Tractor-trailers.
  • Truck and trailer combinations.
    • Double and triple trailers.
  • Tractor-trailer buses.
  • Tanker vehicles.
  • Livestock carriers.
  • Flatbeds.

In addition, a Class A license may allow you to drive some Class B and Class C vehicles as long as you possess the correct endorsements.

What is a Class B CDL?

A Class B commercial driver license is required to operate:

  • A single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier.
    AND/OR
  • Any vehicle as described above that is towing another vehicle weighing UP TO10,000 lbs.

As with Class A licenses, you may be required to possess specific endorsements to operate some vehicles with a Class B license. Some of the vehicles you may be allowed to operate (with the right endorsement) include:

  • Straight trucks.
  • Large buses, including:
    • City buses.
    • Tourist buses.
    • School buses.
  • Segmented buses.
  • Box trucks, such as:
    • Delivery drivers.
    • Couriers.
    • Furniture delivery.
  • Dump trucks with small trailers.