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Old 06-30-2016, 07:53 AM   #1
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Texas Class B License

We just moved to Texas and I need to get Class B non-CDL license. Problem is that the folks at the drivers license office couldn't even tell me what I need to study in the CDL manual and what the test will consist of. Anyone here know?
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do google search on practice testing... plenty of them out there...
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Texas Class B Driving Test a Breeze

Here is one link. It comes up often. I hate to tell someone to do a search but there are plenty of links for you to go to.

The little box above and on the right is a google search box. It does an excellent job. I don't think it is an ordinary wide open search. I believe it searches the forums.

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What part of Texas are you in? I have come to understand that there are certain texas DPS offices that are much more well practiced in the B exam and driving test.
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We just moved to Texas and I need to get Class B non-CDL license. Problem is that the folks at the drivers license office couldn't even tell me what I need to study in the CDL manual and what the test will consist of. Anyone here know?
If your GVW is below 26,000 pounds, then you don't need anything other than a Class C license. As said above, what part of the state are you in and some can chime in on where to best take the test.

Depending on the examiner, you may be required to do an equipment check and an air brake test, so be familiar with those. There are YouTube videos on how to do the full air brake test. Also, there can be a bunch of asinine questions about equipment requirements such as the color of flag that goes on a tow chain, how high the lights on a trailer need to be, how far a load can extend over the front of a trailer, what type of lights go on a farm tractor, etc. Below is a link to the CDL manual. Sections 5, 12, 13 and 14 are probably the ones most covered on the exam.
https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/intern...orms/DL-7C.pdf
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I traded in a Class A gas for a 44,600 pound diesel tag axle a couple of months ago. I live in the Waco, Texas area, and recently obtained my Class B license. The Waco office is very familiar with the requirements and testing. The written test is a 20 multiple question test taken from Chapter 14 of the CDL book. I had to wait about 2 hours before I was called to take the written test, which took about 5 minutes to complete (scored a 95). The driving test was at a separate CDL facility. They test hundreds of truckers there every month, so they are thorough but professional.
Be sure to have a front license plate, I got sent home the first time for not having one. I had to do a full air brake test, back up in a straight line for about 100 yards, parallel park and then do some open road driving through the city and on the highway. It was not that hard. I sure feel better having the legal license now.
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Good info there, centexcpa. By "full air brake test" do you mean a written exam?
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No, in the coach. The examiner actually helped walk me through the steps as I knew the intent but not exactly what she wanted. It is the same thing the big trucks go through.
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Certain locations

I'm often wrong, but I think I read that beginning tomorrow July 1, 2016, there will only be 17 locations state wide where you will be able to take your driving portion of the test. You can take the written at any DPS office. I'm sure I'll be quickly corrected by someone if I'm wrong. But if I'm right you might have to make a special trip to one of the 17 locations. I should probably keep my fingers silent, but what the hey. While I'm at it the great majority of posters that have driven their MH to the test have said they were not asked how the coach got there, but one or two were asked. Food for thought.
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Txice, you are correct, they are shutting down a significant number if the testing sites. Not sure if Nacogdoches will still be trsting, but they are very friendly over there.
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I'm pretty sure the Hurst DPS office will continue to do driving tests as they do CDL's all day long with trucking schools. I did have to do a full equipment check, air brake test, straight backing and parallel park (easy to do on a 300' curb line just turn your right mirror down and watch the rear wheel). The examiner was nice and was very pleased to take a ride in a quiet motor home for a change instead of a truck cab. They will warn you if you run over a curb you are finished for the day.
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What to study. You will not go wrong studying the full CDL portion of the manual. If you can answer all the "sample" test questions in the CDL manual you will pass the written non-CDL test with no problem. Studying the full CDL manual will give much insight into big rig driving.

It is also my understanding that you need to show up with the type of equipment you are are trying to get a license for, so if the MH you have is under 26,001 pounds they may not even test you.
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They did not ask me how I got there at the Waco CDL hub. I am sure Waco will remain open, it is a major center for CDL testing. Yes, they tell you if you hit a curb, go over a line, have a traffic violation or a wreck your test is immediately over. Be sure and put your turn signal on when you start to parallel park, I got dinged for that. Also, was told at some point that I did not have two hands on the wheel. A couple of other minor things she noted, but I still made a 90, only need 70 to pass.
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Here is a link to the info on the 1 July changes. It includes the 25 driving test locations.
https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/Driver.../cdlNotice.pdf
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