Types of Commercial Driver Licenses

Item Name

Classes of Commercial Driver Licenses

The three (3) basic types or classes of Commercial Driver Licenses are described below.


Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle or vehicles towed exceeds 10,000 pounds;


Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, any one of those vehicles towing a vehicle that does not exceed 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, and any vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more, including the driver; and a Class B license will be restricted to operating busses under 26,001 pounds GVWR if the skills test is taken in a bus with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds; and


Any single vehicle or combination of vehicles that is not a Class A or Class B if the vehicle is: 1) designed to transport 16 to 23 passengers including the driver; or 2) used in the transportation of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded under 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart F.


T: Double/Triple Trailer; P: Passenger; N: Tank Vehicle; H: Hazardous Material; X:Combination of N and H; S: School Bus


M: Intrastate Only (commercial motor vehicle); L: No Air Brakes; P: Licensed CDL operator in front seat