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Old 07-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #43
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I did it
learned on my own - why pay a TAX just to take a test ? 4 years no problems or tickets .
I get so tired when the government tries to control everything and that is ok with people . Just saying
I think that's a pretty common approach.

Concern about what might happen if we're in an accident and not technically qualified to operate our coaches is what has driven many of us to get the proper license. I'm not sure I view it as any differently than the requirement to get a standard Class C license to operate a car.

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Old 07-24-2012, 06:28 PM   #44
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I did it
learned on my own - why pay a TAX just to take a test ? 4 years no problems or tickets .
I get so tired when the government tries to control everything and that is ok with people . Just saying
mine is FREE for life

sorry i just had to
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Congrats Buck.

Was this the CDL or the non-commercial Class B?

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Rick,
Good question. I actually thought Class B was considered Commercial, but it is not necessarily so, as your question hints. I simply got the license the drivers license instructor suggested for driving my motorhome of over 26K lb. Probably the reason my test seemed fairly simple as it was not a true Commercial Driver's test but a NON-commercial license test. Checked my license to be for sure. Class B it is, but no where does it say Commercial vehicle. Thanks for making me aware of my mis-definition of my license. Got what I needed although not actually a CDL as I have sometimes stated.
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I live in the UK. Over here we have to have an HGV (CDL equiv) for anything over 7.5t (15,700lbs approx) As a retired Truck driver I have one.

However, we also own and use a Winnebago in the USA, Nothing fancy but it is a 22,000lb rig. (gas). I have been driving it on my UK licence with an International Permit. But as we are planning the "big trip" next year having now got your nice government to allow us up to 6 month on our Visa. I expect I shall be looking seriously at taking a Texas drivers test myself.

So it is interesting to see just how "hit and miss" this process is. Another thing that intrigues me is that I have been told that in order to take the test I must have a "social security number" as a "legal alien" how would one go about that? anyone know?

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Peter, why Texas? Get a New Mexico state class e license. No tests, just fill out a form. Reciprocal with the other 49 states of the Union.
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Another thing that intrigues me is that I have been told that in order to take the test I must have a "social security number" as a "legal alien" how would one go about that? anyone know?

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Impossible - must be a US citizen (see Social Security web site)
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Impossible - must be a US citizen (see Social Security web site)
Not true. First of all you don't have to be a "citizen" in any state to get a drivers license. Legal resident aliens get them. Also there are still a few states where even illegal aliens can get a drivers license. New Mexico and North Carolina are two that I know of unless they just changed the laws in those states. Here in Texas we see people who live here with these and it's usually a sign that they are illegal aliens... err, I mean undocumented aliens, don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. The Feds are pushing the states to require proof of status for a DL but there are still a few states that have not complied.
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I have been driving it on my UK licence with an International Permit. But as we are planning the "big trip" next year having now got your nice government to allow us up to 6 month on our Visa. I expect I shall be looking seriously at taking a Texas drivers test myself.

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Pete, you would not require a Class B license in Texas with your rig. I think the issue would be that you will be on a Visa, not a Resident Alien. I don't believe you would be able to get a SSAN or a Driver's License under that status.
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Impossible - must be a US citizen (see Social Security web site)
Or a Resident Alien (Green Card holder). I had a Green Card and a SSN for 12 years before I became a US Citizen.
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Or a Resident Alien (Green Card holder). I had a Green Card and a SSN for 12 years before I became a US Citizen.
X2 legal resident aliens are fine. I came to the US on a student visa and got a SSN and drivers license based on that. Almost 20 years later and I've been through a bunch of different visas, all legal for a drivers license. I am still on a Green Card (and still legal ). Only thing I can't do is vote.
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X2 legal resident aliens are fine. I came to the US on a student visa and got a SSN and drivers license based on that. Almost 20 years later and I've been through a bunch of different visas, all legal for a drivers license. I am still on a Green Card (and still legal ). Only thing I can't do is vote.
And the only thing I can't do is run for President! Not that I'd want to.
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I hope this isn't off the subject... Is there a list of states that require a Class B and DOT medical for RV's weighing over 26,001 lbs? Some states require the Class B License but do not require the medical. I read the medical requirements form for the physician and could not believe all the driver must pass to get certified. I think yoi'd have to be an olympic star.... And... the cert must be redone every two years or sooner under some conditions. I have a Class B and would not want to get a surprise when moving to another state or at least understand what I'm up against.

Note: There is an older list of states that require a Class B and those who do not. The laws were changed January 30th, 2012.

Old list: http://changingears.com/rv-sec-state-rv-license.shtml

Need new updated list with DOT Medical Card Requirements. The new laws go into effect immediately and will transition everyone over the next two years. By 2014, all states will comply with the new federal laws. RV'ers need to know what licenses are required for the rig they drive. Failure to adhere will mean you are driving illegally subject to fines, invalid insurance, huge law suits if there is an incident, etc.

Some ppl have been pulled over in the Carolinas for various reasons. Upon showing the officer their license, the officer told them they are not licensed to operate the vehicle (General Class C Car license) and must find someone else to drive the vehicle to a place for parking or drive it out of the state. The owner was not permitted to move the vehicle. There are those on a list (for a small fee) who will drive the vehicle out of the state or to a parking spot while the owner decides what to do.

Like said above, just because you have the money to buy a big rig doesn't mean you can obtain the proper operating license for it.

The new 2012 highway safety laws are very serious to RV'ers, 5th wheels, Motorhomes, etc.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:00 PM   #54
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Class B license-------

Yes, people always think rules are for some one else. But, if you DO have an accident. And it IS determined that you are driving "Illegally"----or not properly licensed. Then your insurance company WILL NOT PAY!! Are you willing to take this chance of having to pay out of your pocket hundreds of thousands of your dollars to settle the claims?? In Pennsylvania a class B license is a good thing, because it mostly concerns you having a good knowledge of the air brake systems on these large coaches. Doesn't it make sense to you to have an understanding of what makes your coach stop??
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There are some states that require a Class B license. I do not know if that list is accurate. To the best of my knowledge, NO states require a DOT medical to drive your own RV. I read some of those links earlier this year, and I'm still convinced that they do NOT apply to personally owned vehicles when driving not-for-hire. As I recall, the changes in the law are to regularize the requirements for renewing the medical cert. But the law did not change on who actually needs the cert.
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I had a current DOT physical until last year. Not a difficult physical. One caveat - if you are on any heart med, even a diuretic like HCTZ, it will only be issued for one year, not two.
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