Depending on your needs, there are three types of CDL license types to choose from. Some have weight, travel, and cargo restrictions, so it’s best to know what you plan on doing with your license or what kind rig you plan on driving.
Which CDL License Type is Right for You?
I Want to Drive Big Cargo Loads
If you’re looking to drive the rigs that handle the biggest cargo loads, you’re looking at a CDL License Type A. Drivers who have a Class A CDL can operate vehicles with a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight) of more than 26,000 pounds, or a trailer weighing more than 10,000 pounds. To obtain a Class A CDL you’ll need to take a written test in addition to a hands-on skill test. CDL License Type A will also allow you to operate license Type B and C vehicles.
I Want to Drive Trucks Within My State
If you want to drive trucks within you’re state, you’ll need a CDL License Type B. Having a Class B CDL allows you to operate a commercial vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 pounds, with the towed portion being less than 10,000 pounds. With this license, you can specialize in intrastate hauls or commercial deliveries. Having a Class B CDL will also allow you to operate Class C CDL vehicles within your state.
I Want to Drive Trucks Across Country
If you’re looking to drive rigs across country, you’re going to need a CDL License Type A. If you’re definitely looking for long-haul gigs, you can only do so with a Class A CDL. This license allows you to drive across state lines with the maximum haul weight allowed. Again, as we covered before, a CDL License Type A will allow you to operate CDL License Types B and C vehicles as well.