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Old 11-17-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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Pennsylvania class b non commercial license endorsement

anyone in PA have any experience with this endorsement and the process in getting it in PA? I'm getting conflicting information form pendot. Thanks.

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Old 11-17-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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Hi Paul, if you read this good PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services - Classes of Licenses , it explains what you need as far as a license for what you are wanting to drive.

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The process I went through was to go to Pa drivers center, pick up application for temporary permit (good for one year). If you have air brakes get the CDL book that covers this as well. Go home, study, get someone with class B non-commercial license to go with you to testing center. Take driving test.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:35 PM   #4
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Thank you...

that's for the information. I have 2 brothers-in-law that are both PA State Trooper and they were confused as well. I will fill out the application I found on line for the permit and head down to my local dmv for the manual. Thanks again for your help. I have only been here since October and I must say everyone has been really great in answering questions and offering help. thanks again.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:05 PM   #5
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I live near Greensburg, PA. It took me 3 trips the our PennDOT licensing center to get the correct application. It seems most don't know the rules for RV's and the folks that worked there gave me the wrong paperwork. Actually, anyone driving any non- commercial vehicle over 26,000 lbs. requires a Class B Non-Commercial endorsement. There is no written test. There is an oral test if the unit has air brakes. You should now the test by memory. This includes the proper compressor psi limits and acceptable psi loss/recovery times including warning horns or warning light switch settings. The driving test is very straight forward. The only thing that seems unusual is you'll be required to parallel park. Yes, it seemed strange to me. I have never parallel parked my RV.....but I think it is the first skill you do before leaving the PADOT parking lot. If you can't do that, they figure you can't maneuver safely on the highway. They set up a couple of cones on a parking space next to you and you need to back into a parallel spot without hitting the cones or crossing the white lines marking the spot beside you. You cannot get out of your rv. You cannot get help from anyone and you get one shot at it. I found it quite easy. You can use the backup camera.

If you pull a trailer that weighs over 10,000 lbs, you need a Class "A" Non-Commercial license and you would need to take the trailer with you when you go for the test. You must also have Class A or B licensed driver with you when you go to the center to take the test. The additional driver can be licensed either commercial or non-commercial. You are not allowed legally to drive without a license so you'd be illegal going to the test site. And if you fail the test, the licensed driver must drive the unit home.

Any one pulling a trailer over 10K or having a combined truck & trailer over 26K needs a special license too. I doubt you'd get a ticket if you didn't have the proper license because as you said, most troopers don't know the law either. But god for bid, if you had an accident, your going to be taken to the cleaners by an attorney.

Hope this is clear to you and helps. It sounds like a lot but it really pretty easy.
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Pennsylvania class b non commercial license endorsement

Check out this thread ((below). It covers this real well.
I had no written test, did not need a class B driver to get me to the test station, was familiarized on air brakes but not tested. The driving test was easy and without parallel parking.

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