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:
- Truck and trailer combinations.
- Double and triple trailers.
- Tractor-trailer buses.
- Tanker vehicles.
- Livestock carriers.
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.
- 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.
- Furniture delivery.
- Dump trucks with small trailers.