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Old 06-04-2015, 10:24 AM   #99
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Jimmy was talking about California requirements. CA does require a medical exam every 2 yrs.
Sorry I missed the "Cali" reference. With that in mind, I'm not surprised.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:38 AM   #100
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CA only requires the medical for a CDL. You do need a non CDL class B for anything over 40ft. Personally I just kept my Class A CDL.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:58 AM   #101
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CA only requires the medical for a CDL. You do need a non CDL class B for anything over 40ft. Personally I just kept my Class A CDL.
Not correct, CA requires a simplified Health Questionnaire for a non commercial Class A or B.

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Old 06-04-2015, 11:22 AM   #102
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What chapters in the CDL manual are for RV operators looking to obtain a non-CDL A/B ?
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:53 PM   #103
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What chapters in the CDL manual are for RV operators looking to obtain a non-CDL A/B ?
They are primarily from Chapter 14 and the air brake test procedure. The test has such inane questions as "Since 1972 a farm tractor is required to have what type of lighting", "What is the minimum and maximum height of tail lights and brake lights on a trailer?", "What is the maximum front overhang allowed on a pole trailer?", "What is the maximum length of a tow rope allowed and what color flag has to be tied to it?"

Those are just a few of the examples of questions that had nothing to do with the operation of a motor home. There are 20 questions and you can miss 6 and still pass. It's not difficult, but straight from the CDL book.

I just took the driving test (and passed) yesterday in Hurst. The examiner was very professional and the test was a pretty much by the book CDL test as they do a lot of CDL examinations every day. The driving test included full equipment check, air brake test, a number of right and left turns, a freeway entrance and exit, 100 foot straight backing and right side parallel parking. The examiner did warn that if you run over a curb, the test stops there and you can try again later. I was only marked down for stopping too close behind traffic one time and failing to fully turn my head and look at one stop sign.
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^^ great info right there ^^ thanks.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:52 AM   #105
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This has been an interesting thread. Thanks for all the great posts.

In Arkansas you just have to fog the mirror for the passenger license and pay the taxes.
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I finally took my written test for the non-CDL class B passed now I have to go back next week and compete with HS kids to take the road test. The written test was okay I did miss some of the questions that seem to pertain more to semi trucks but the rest seemed to cover Chapter 14.
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Went and took the written part of my test today, it was all straight out of Chap 14. Walked right into MF, not a single person there, was able to get everything done in just a couple minutes. By the time I left, there must have been 30 people waiting, tons of High School kids since today is first day with no school.

Crazy part is, there is no way to pre-book the driving test, guy told me I have to show up every morning at 6am and wait in line for a slot, and hope there is not too many ahead of me so I get a slot. Guy said "its kind of weird, were getting a lot of people from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Waco, etc., not sure why they are all coming to MF to do these Non-commercial tests here. Most of these people probably drove by a dozen DPS offices to get here."
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So I just did the written Class-A test (5th wheel) in Austin (Lamar location). They did not know what to test me on and eventually called DPS "commercial office". As a result they tested me over 3 different chapters.

I passed Chapter 14 no problems.
Chapter 6 I failed. This chapter is airbrakes, and truck/trailer stuff.
And there was a "General commercial" that I failed also.

I was insistent and pointed out on the CDL-2 form which written test is required (only one).

They wouldn't issue a permit, so I drove over to the "CDL" location around the corner on Denson Dr.

What I was told was that DPS now requires passing chapter 6 and Chapter 14 as part of non-CDL class-A (and perhaps Class-B). I asked her to show me where it said that in writing and again pointed out the CDL-2 form, where only one test is required. She said it was a policy change in-force as of 2015 and that docs had not been updated.

So I studied Chapter 6, re-took that portion, and they issued a "learners permit" for Class-A.


I don't know if this is right or wrong. Documents do NOT match the policy that I ran into, but this is the office that the others are calling for clarification.

Point of contact:
512-424-2719 / 512-424-2490 / 512-424-2491


DPS offices may or may not answer the phone, but that's the *most* direct number I can find to people who know Class-A and Class-B. I'd highly recommend that you call and figure out what to expect before you waste a few hours (like me).
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I also highly recommend the Austin CDL facility for both written and driving. When I took my class B driving there they talked you through a "mock" air brake test then away you go. Easy peasy and they are the experts!

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So I just did the written Class-A test (5th wheel) in Austin (Lamar location). They did not know what to test me on and eventually called DPS "commercial office". As a result they tested me over 3 different chapters.

I passed Chapter 14 no problems.
Chapter 6 I failed. This chapter is airbrakes, and truck/trailer stuff.
And there was a "General commercial" that I failed also.

I was insistent and pointed out on the CDL-2 form which written test is required (only one).

They wouldn't issue a permit, so I drove over to the "CDL" location around the corner on Denson Dr.

What I was told was that DPS now requires passing chapter 6 and Chapter 14 as part of non-CDL class-A (and perhaps Class-B). I asked her to show me where it said that in writing and again pointed out the CDL-2 form, where only one test is required. She said it was a policy change in-force as of 2015 and that docs had not been updated.

So I studied Chapter 6, re-took that portion, and they issued a "learners permit" for Class-A.


I don't know if this is right or wrong. Documents do NOT match the policy that I ran into, but this is the office that the others are calling for clarification.

Point of contact:
512-424-2719 / 512-424-2490 / 512-424-2491


DPS offices may or may not answer the phone, but that's the *most* direct number I can find to people who know Class-A and Class-B. I'd highly recommend that you call and figure out what to expect before you waste a few hours (like me).
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Old 06-05-2015, 03:00 PM   #111
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I currently live in CA and have a Class B non cml license for my 43 ft RV. I am planning to move back to Texas later this year. Probably the Austin/Lake Travis area.

Will the Texas DMV honor the reciprocity agreement and issue me a Class B non cml based on my current CA license..... or will I have to go through another pita testing process?
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Texas will swap you straight across, no testing needed.
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