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Commercial Driver Licenses

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Commercial Driver Licenses

​​​​​​​​​​​​​CDL Credential Extensions

An extension is in place for commercial driver license and permit renewals. The extension runs until 30 days after Governor Cooper lifts the state of emergency order. Learn more​.  ​

Appointments are required for those seeking a Commercial Driver License road test. To make an appointment for a CDL road test only, please call 919-715-7000.



Commercial driver licenses are required for drivers – paid or volunteer – who operate vehicles in North Carolina that are designed or used to transport passengers or property.

They are not required to drive recreational vehicles, military equipment, fire and/or emergency equipment or certain farm vehicles, but a driver must have a regular license of the appropriate class.

In addition to a commercial driver license, a special endorsement is required to haul hazardous materials, transport passengers, drive school buses and school activity buses, pull double trailers or drive tank vehicles.

Driver Licenses

License TypeDescription

Commercial Class A

 

Required for any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more (provided the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle or vehicles being towed is more than 10,000 pounds)

Commercial Class B

 

Required for any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, and any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating not in excess of 10,000 pounds

Commercial Class C

 

Required for any vehicle not described in Commercial Class A or Commercial Class B but is:

  • Designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver
  • Used to transport hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded under 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart F

Endorsements

Endorsement Description
CDL

Required to haul hazardous materials, transport passengers, drive school buses and school activity buses, pull double trailers or drive tank vehicles.

School bus/activity bus
  • Six months of driving experience required
  • Class B or Class C commercial driver license required
  • be held for 14 days prior to skills testing
  • Valid for 180 days
  • Permits 30 days past expiration date, the driver is required to retake all written tests

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