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.
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
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