Choosing to get a commercial driver’s license is one major decision, but deciding which one happens to
be another. There are several classes of CDL licenses you can choose from. We highly recommend that
whichever license you choose, that it fits your career goals and lifestyle. This takes planning.
What are the three CDL classifications?
There are three classes of CDLs: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
Class A CDL:
A Class A CDL is required to operate any vehicle with a weight of 26,001 lbs. or more. This can include
flatbeds, tanker-trailers, livestock carriers, and the like.
Generally, those with a Class A license are allowed to drive vehicles in the other two classes, if they have
the right endorsements.
Class B CDL:
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, a Class B CDL is required to operate “A single vehicle
with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier and/or any vehicle as described above that is towing another
vehicle weighing up to 10,000 lbs.”
This can include school buses, delivery trucks, tour buses, city buses (such as garbage trucks), etc.
Class C CDL:
If your vehicle is meant to transport hazardous materials or doesn’t meet the criteria for a Class A or
Class B license, it more-than-likely falls into the classification of a Class C. Class C criteria is also meant
for vehicles transporting 16 or more people, including the driver.
Generally, Class C is normally required for smaller truck vehicles.
The benefits of obtaining a Class B CDL
Let’s face it, most people love the idea of traveling to unfamiliar places and checking out the unique
scenery during long road trips — but if you have a family you’d like to see on a regular basis, while still
having the benefits of operating a large vehicle, then training for a Class B CDL is right up your alley.
With a Class B license, you have the opportunity of becoming a well-paid truck driver, while still coming
home every night. There’s also one of the biggest draws of obtaining this type of license: options.
Class B drivers have the option of focusing on being a tow truck driver, school bus driver, garbage truck
driver, construction site driver, and more. This license allows you to explore whatever industry you’re
interested in. There’s almost always a regular need for good drivers in this class.
Also, it’s easier to train in driving a bus than it is an 18-wheeler.
What’re the requirements for obtaining a Class B CDL?
The main things you’ll need is to be 21 years and over, with a good driving record. That’s the foundation.
You’ll have to take the Department of Transportation’s physical and drug screening, and it’s important
to find a good training school. Our training center can help prepare you for your exams.
Our Class B course is over within a week, giving you ample time to learn what you need to successfully
pass your exam and take your career to another level. Our goal is to help you get on the road as safely
and soon as possible.
Ultimately, the flexibility of training for and having a Class B license is a win-win. We highly recommend
you consider it.