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Class A Driver's License and Endorsements Needed for a CDL Class A License

All Candidates for the Class A CDL license must complete the following requirements:

  • You must pass a General Knowledge exam. This is required for any type of CDL license.
  • You must pass the Air Brakes test.
  • You must pass the Combination Vehicle test.
  • You must pass the Pre-trip inspection.

The class of the Commercial Drivers License, A, B or C refers to the weight of the vehicle. When a person gets a CDL, they take the General Knowledge test (required for any CDL) and the tests for any endorsements they want or need for that license class. The driver will take the actual driving test in the vehicle that falls into the weight class for the vehicle they will be driving.

The federal standard requires states to issue a CDL to drivers according to license classifications. Here are the Class designations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

  • Class A License - Any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B License - Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.
  • Class C License - Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is placarded for hazardous materials.

What do I need to get a Class A CDL license?

You must successfully pass the following tests to obtain your Class A CDL license:

Our CDL Prep Course is the fast and easy way to get ready for the Class A CDL Test. These courses are made up of over 3000 questions, similar to the ones you'll get on the official DMV Class A CDL test. The questions are provided in a series of practice tests consisting of questions, answers, and detailed explanations. After passing the practice test three times, you'll pass the official Class A CDL test your first time, or we'll refund your money!

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