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What is a CDL Class B
Here is everything to know about class B CDL & how to obtain it.
CDL Class B is a type of commercial driver’s license that permits the driver to operate a single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more. This includes vehicles such as buses, tow trucks, delivery trucks, and straight trucks.
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Drivers with a Class B CDL are allowed to tow trailers that weigh less than 10,000 pounds. In addition to passing the written and practical driving tests, obtaining a Class B CDL often requires additional endorsements such as air brakes and passenger transport, depending on the type of vehicle the driver will be operating.
How To Obtain CDL Class B
Check CDL Class B Requirements
Check your state-specific requirements for obtaining a CDL Class B license. Typically, you must be at least 18 years old (21 for interstate driving), possess a valid driver’s license, and have a clean driving record.
Obtain a CDL Manual
Get a copy of your state’s or country’s CDL manual. You can usually find it online or at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or equivalent agency. Study the manual thoroughly, focusing on sections related to Class B vehicles.
Learn more about CDL Manual, what it is and where to get it here.
Apply for a CDL learner’s permit
Visit your local DMV or equivalent agency and apply for a CDL learner’s permit. You’ll need to provide proof of identity, residency, and possibly a medical examiner’s certificate depending on your jurisdiction’s requirements.
Pass the written tests
You will need to pass a general knowledge test and any additional tests related to endorsements you may want (e.g., passenger, school bus, hazardous materials, etc.). Study your CDL manual and take practice tests to prepare.
Learn more about CDL Endorsements here.
With your CDL learner’s permit, you can practice driving Class B vehicles under the supervision of a licensed CDL driver. Consider enrolling in a professional training program to get hands-on experience and instruction.
Schedule your skills test
Once you feel confident in your driving abilities, schedule your CDL skills test at a DMV-approved testing facility. The skills test typically consists of a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control test, and on-road driving test.
Pass the skills test
Successfully complete the pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving test to demonstrate your ability to safely operate a Class B vehicle.
Obtain your CDL Class B license
After passing the skills test, you will receive your CDL Class B license. This may involve paying a fee and providing additional documentation, depending on your jurisdiction’s requirements.
Maintain your license
Keep your CDL Class B license current by following all applicable regulations, reporting any traffic violations or accidents, and renewing your license as required.
CDL Class B is one of the three main classes of commercial driver’s licenses, with Class A being the highest and allowing drivers to operate vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more and towing a trailer with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more, and Class C allowing drivers to operate vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers or hazardous materials in quantities that require placarding.
After you obtain your Class B CDL take a look at the endorsements list.
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