Not all commercial vehicles require the driver to have a Commercial Drivers License. Likewise, some non commercial vehicles require a Commercial Drivers License. See below for the requirements for each vehicle that requires the driver to have a Commercial Drivers License.
The DMV offers three types of Commercial Driver License CDL.
- Commercial Class A
- Any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating, GVWR, of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of the vehicle or vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
- Commercial Class B
- Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, and any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a GVWR not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
- Commercial Class C
- Any vehicle not described in Class A or B above but is: Designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or used in the transportation of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded under C.F.R., Part 172, Subpart F.
As a result, make sure you have the correct license for the type of vehicle you are driving. Failure to do so could result in a citation for No Operators License.