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How to get a CDL in Texas
The three (3) basic types or classes of Commercial Driver Licenses are described below. This helps a person determine which class of license he/she needs and which section(s) of the handbook to study.
Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle or vehicles towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.
Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, any one of those vehicles towing a vehicle that does not exceed 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, and any vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more, including the driver; and a Class B license will be restricted to operating busses under 26,001 pounds GVWR if the skills test is taken in a bus with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds.
Any single vehicle or combination of vehicles that is not a Class A or Class B if the vehicle is designed to transport 16 to 23 passengers including the driver or, used in the transportation of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded under 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart F.
A Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) will be issued to drivers who are applying to drive a commercial vehicle or modifying an existing commercial driver license. A CLP must be held for a minimum of 14 days prior to being allowed to take the CDL skills test. This applies to original applicants, modifications in grade and adding endorsements which require a skills test.
While operating a commercial motor vehicle with a commercial learners permit (CLP), the applicant must have a licensed CDL operator, with the proper class of license, in the front seat.
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