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Commercial Driver Licenses

Commercial Driver Licenses
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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7/10/2018 10:19 AM

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