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Driver License Classes and Endorsements

Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL)

CLASS A: Trucks or truck combinations weighing with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 lbs. or more, provided towed vehicle is more than 10,000 lbs.

CLASS B
: Straight trucks weighing 26,001 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or more.

CLASS C
: Vehicles transporting placardable amounts of hazardous materials, or vehicles designed to transport more than 15 persons including the driver with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 lbs.

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NonCommercial Driver Licenses

CLASS E: Any non-commercial motor vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) less than 26,001 pounds, including passenger cars, 15 passenger vans including the driver, trucks or recreational vehicles and two or three wheel motor vehicles 50 cc or less, such as mopeds or small scooters. (see below). Farmers and drivers of authorized emergency vehicles who are exempt from obtaining a commercial driver license must obtain a Class E license.

  • A resident who holds a valid Florida operator license may continue to operate vehicles for which a CLASS E driver license is required, until the operator license expires.
  • 16 year olds cannot drive from 11 PM to 6 AM unless accompanied by 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work.
  • 17 year olds cannot drive from 1 AM to 5 AM unless accompanied by 21 year old licensed driver or driving to and from work.

CLASS E-Learner: Motor vehicles less than 8,000 LBS.

  • A resident who holds a valid Florida learner license may continue to operate vehicles for which a CLASS E learner license is required, until the license expires.
  • Learner license has the following conditions:
    1. Always with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front seat.
    2. Only drive during daylight hours for the first three months, and from 6:00AM to 10:00PM thereafter.
    3. Does not allow for the operation of a motorcycle.

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Motorcycles

For those authorized to operate motorcycle, the following abbreviation will appear on the front of the driver license under the expiration date: MOTORCYCLE ALSO or MOTORCYCLE ONLY

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Military

For our Military servicemembers and families, important information and assistance is available here.

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CDL Exemptions

The following persons are exempt from the requirements to obtain a commercial driver license:

  • Drivers of authorized emergency vehicles that are equipped with extraordinary audible warning devices that display red or blue lights and are on call to respond to emergencies;or
  • Military personnel driving military vehicles; or
  • Farmers transporting farm supplies or farm machinery, or transporting agricultural products to or from the first place of storage or processing or directly to or from market, within 150 miles of their farm; or
  • Drivers of recreational vehicles used for recreational purposes; or
  • Drivers who operate straight trucks (single units) that are exclusively transporting their own tangible personal property which is not for sale.
  • An employee of a publicly owned transit system who is limited to moving vehicles for maintenance or parking purposes exclusively within the restricted-access confines of a transit system's property.

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Restrictions

A. Corrective Lenses P. Probation-Interlock Device
B. Outside Rearview Mirror S. Other Restrictions
C. Business Purposes T. No Passengers
D. Employment Purposes X. Medical Alert Bracelet
E. Daylight Driving Only Y. Education Purposes
F. Automatic Transmission 1. Vehicles Without Airbrakes
G. Power Steering 2. (CDL) Intrastate Only
I. Directional Signals 3. (CDL) Bus Only
J. Grip on Steering Wheel 4. CMV <26,001 LBS. GVWR
K. Hearing Aid 5. No Tractor/Trailers
L. Seat Cushion 6. No Class A Passenger Vehicle
M. Hand Control or Pedal Extension 7. No Class B Passenger Vehicle
N. Left Foot Accelerator  

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Endorsements

H. Any vehicle used to transport hazardous materials in placardable amounts.
N. A tank vehicle designed to transport any liquid or gaseous material with designed capacity of 1,000 gallons or more.
P. Any vehicles, public or private, designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver
S. A commercial motor vehicle (requires CDL) used to transport pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school-sponsored events. Does not include a bus used as a common carrier.
T. Combination vehicles with double/triple trailers
X. Any tank vehicle used to transport placardable amounts of hazardous materials

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Additional Information

All CLASS A, B, C licenses issued by the 50 states will have their:

  • "CDL" or
  • "Commercial Driver License" on the front of the license. All CMV drivers, nationwide, must possess the appropriate class of license, issued by their state of residency, on or after April 1, 1992.

Acronyms/Abbreviations

CDL= Commercial Driver License
CMV= Commercial Motor Vehicle
GVWR= Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
LBS.= Pounds
MTCY ALSO= Motorcycle Also
MTCY ONLY= Motorcycle Only
< = Less Than


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