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Old 03-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #1
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TX Class B Exempt Drivers License

Just wanted to let people know I did my driving test yesterday for my TX Class B Exempt drivers license, to drive my class A with a GVWR over 26,000 lbs. It was a piece of cake! I did mine in the DFW metroplex area at the Lake Worth DPS office on Jacksboro Hwy & I-820, just a little NW of Fort Worth. I chose that office because 1) I live in the DFW area, and 2) I had heard it was not as busy as the others in the DFW area, which proved to be true as they had the most near term openings to schedule the driving test when I scheduled it online.

I didn't have to parallel park, or even back up in a straight line. No questions or testing of the air brakes either. The lady was very nice, and started by just checking my lights, turn signals and emergency flashers. Then we drove for about 15 minutes. making a number of left hand and right hand turns, including getting on and off the freeway, and a couple of lane changes.

The only thing she marked me down on was not turning on my turn signals early enough for lane changes, turns, etc, which was strange because I thought I was turning them on way early, maybe even too early! I think she told me they had to be on for 300 yards before my lane change or turn, which I thought I had done! Oh well, the only thing that matters is I passed! I had been told to keep my head visibly moving at all times, checking my mirrors, gauges, cross streets, etc, which I think was good advice.

Before doing the driving test, I had previously taken the computer test at my local DPS office, which you can do on a walk-in basis. It was only over Section 14 of the TX Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Handbook. However, the driving test had to be scheduled, which I did online. My local DPS office didn't have any openings to do the driving test for over 6 weeks out. The Lake Worth office had many openings within the next week or two!

Overall, I am glad it is over!

Dan Leffel
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Glad it went smoothly, Dan. Congrats on being legal!! Thanks for sharing the information.
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I am scheduled to take my driving test next Tuesday. The folks at the Lake Worth facility have been very helpful. Only complaint has been the wait time for getting in the door. It's first come, first serve. It took two hours to get in front of the officials, 20 minutes to take the written. Thanks for the heads up about turn signals and mirror checks. Best part is I am now legal to drive without corrective lens. Did they issue your license or give you a temporary? We leave on a major trip in a month.
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I am scheduled to take my driving test next Tuesday. The folks at the Lake Worth facility have been very helpful. Only complaint has been the wait time for getting in the door. It's first come, first serve. It took two hours to get in front of the officials, 20 minutes to take the written. Thanks for the heads up about turn signals and mirror checks. Best part is I am now legal to drive without corrective lens. Did they issue your license or give you a temporary? We leave on a major trip in a month.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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They gave me a temporary license. It is an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. The permanent plastic one will be mailed to me in 7-10 business days.

Good luck!

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Old 03-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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"Head on a swivel!" That's always been the mantra, it seems. That office in Lake Worth used to be further down Jacksboro Highway toward Fort Worth. I worked at the city bus company in Fort Worth; everyone who worked there -- even the clerical staff -- had to become licensed to drive their buses. I (along with four or five others) took my test at the Jacksboro Highway office. We all passed, but my head wasn't swivelled enough, according to the examiner. Since I passed, I just said, "Yes, sir."
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:26 PM   #7
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Just completed my driving test at Lake Worth. Everyone there was pleasant and very helpful EXCEPT the actual examiner. He was very stiff, almost unpleasant. I did have to back up AND parallel park. I did pass, but if I had gone over the curb during the parking phase, I would have failed. The important skills such as traffic control, turns, slope speed control etc were barely noted or emphasized. Please be aware that this inspector also REQUIRED drivers license, insurance card, inspection and registration stickers on the window AND the registration papers! If one of these documents is missing, you retest. Just saying, beware! I think it is important, especially legally, to be properly licensed. It's too bad the test, both written and driving, don't reflect the real world.
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It is amazing how 2 different examiners in the same office could be so different in what they require for the driving test! Glad you passed!

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That is pretty much exactly the way it went for mine. Glad you got it !!

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Old 05-03-2013, 01:33 PM   #10
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I am going to take my Class B in Corpus Christi. They told me I would have to parallel park etc. Just curious, will they be wanting to see me turn on my right turn signal when parrallel parking to the right, backing into space, etc. OR, do they want you to turn on the flashers like you would if pulled over on the side of the road. I've heard differently from a couple of people who have been through it.
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In 13 years of MH class A driving,how often did I have to parrallel park (backwards)???.......NEVER!
When I took the class B test in IL, I had to back up around the corner,eg. to make a U-turn.
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My turn to go for the Class B Exempt. I can call the same place (Denton) and get a different answer everytime. Last call indicated I need to study Sections 5, 12, 13 and 14. I have air brakes. As far as the Hard - !@#~!% examiner you encountered; when you say you need to have a valid drivers license I take it you mean your Class C Texas license? And did you have to have a Class A or B person drive your MH to the skills test or do they make a deal of you driving up in your MH with just a Class C license? Thx t_burd@prodigy.net
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To get straight answers on the license requirements, call the DPS office in Austin and speak to the chimerical license division. They have a good understanding of the license requirements and the testing. They also know it is not a commercial license.

When we were trying to get our Class A exempt, we finally had the idiots in Houston call Austin to have the requirements explained to them. With all of the BS from Houston, we went to Livingston for the driving portion.

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Exempt/shempt. No where on a dirver's license does it state the class and the words "exempt." Not a requirement. It is either a Class A, or a CDL Class A.

Sorry, just a pet peeve and ranting.
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