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CDL - COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE

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What is the Commercial Driver's License ( CDL ) Law?

New federal standards for testing and licensing heavy truck and bus operators are required by law in Kentucky. These minimum standards will guarantee the fitness of commercial motor vehicle operators by requiring demonstrated ability to drive heavy vehicles before a license is issued. The CDL laws and standards cover drivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Mexico and Canada. Motor Carriers will be held responsible if their drivers operate a commercial motor vehicle without a valid CDL .

Who Needs a License?

Class A CDL 

  • For any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating ( GVWR ) of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is more than 10,000 pounds.

 

Class B CDL 

  • Any straight truck with two or more axles and a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more;

  • Any vehicle with two or more axles and a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, pulling a vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less;

  • A single vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) if the GVWR is 26,001 pounds or more.

 

Class C CDL 

  • Any vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds transporting hazardous materials for which placarding is required;

  • A single vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) if the GVWR is less than 26,001 pounds.