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Old 09-15-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Driver License

Does anyone no if you have to have a special Driver Licence for
Driving a MotorHome. "CDL"
this question has come to my attention and I would like to be able to give
the right answer.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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It varies from state to state. The driver needs to comply with laws in his state of residency. He/she is then legal to drive that vehicle in all other states. This only applies to the drivers license. While traveling in other states the vehicle must comply with the laws in that state ie. weight/length, trailer brake laws. The one asking the question needs to check in his home state.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:45 PM   #3
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You do not need a CDL to drive your motorhome for personal use. You may however need to upgrade your license, depending on your state of residence. You really need to check with the licensing agency in the state that you reside. Some states require an upgrade and some do not. But no state will require a Commercial Drivers License(CDL) to operate a motorhome for personal use.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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You do not need a CDL to drive your motorhome for personal use. You may however need to upgrade your license, depending on your state of residence. You really need to check with the licensing agency in the state that you reside. Some states require an upgrade and some do not. But no state will require a Commercial Drivers License(CDL) to operate a motorhome for personal use.

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Key word is Commercial.
If you're not hauling passengers for hire, or freight, you are not a commercial vehicle and are exempt from D.O.T. compliance rules.

As stated before, you may need to do some sort of arbitrary upgrade in your home state, which would most likely be a fee related "upgrade" and have very little to do with actual driver safety.

Anyway, check your local laws. The internet is a terrible place to get legal advice.
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You obviously are not from Canada.
We require an air endorsement to drive
anything with air brakes
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Since it appears you're in Georgia, you only need a class C for an RV: Driver's License Classes
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:31 PM   #7
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You obviously are not from Canada.
We require an air endorsement to drive
anything with air brakes
No I am not, and neither is the OP.
His requirements must be met in Georgia, not Canada.

However, I should have clarified and said U.S.D.O.T. Sorry, my bad on that one.
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Do a search on that. There is a lot on this subject.
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You obviously are not from Canada.
We require an air endorsement to drive
anything with air brakes
Does having an Air endorsement in Canada require one to have a CDL?
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:05 PM   #10
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Does having an Air endorsement in Canada require one to have a CDL?
No you don't need a cdl. You can take an air brake course and an endorsement will be attached to your drivers licence.
I strongly recommend people new to motorhomes equipped with air brakes to take a course.
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Shortly after we got our MH, I spent a Saturday at a local CDL school to get instruction on and practice with the characteristics of starting, stopping, turning, backing and understanding the extent of the "tail-wag" of the rig. The instructor didn't say anything about upgrading to a Georgia E or F class of DL, but he did cover the basic rules of the road plus "GOAL": Get Out And Look. even if you back-up traffic it is much better be sure that you can do what you've planned, than crunching parts of your rig, posts, walls, ... whatever.

Great advice plus I got a certificate that is good for a 10% discount on my insurance.
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An example: PA requirements

CLASS A (minimum age 18): Required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, where the vehicle(s) being towed is/are in excess of 10,000 pounds. Example: Recreational Vehicle, when the towing vehicle is rated at 11,000 pounds and the vehicle towed is rated at 15,500 pounds (total combination weight of 26,500 pounds).
CLASS B (minimum age 18): Required to operate any single vehicle rated in excess of 26,000 pounds. Example: Motor homes rated at 26,001 pounds or more.
CLASS C (minimum age 16): A Class C driver’s license will be issued to persons 16 years of age or older, who have demonstrated their qualifications to operate any vehicles, except those requiring a Class M qualification, and who do not meet the definitions of Class A or Class B. Any firefighter or member of a rescue or emergency squad who is the holder of a Class C driver’s license and who has a certificate of authorization from a fire chief or head of the rescue or emergency squad will be authorized to operate any fire or emergency vehicle registered to that fire department, rescue or emergency squad or municipality(emergency use only). The holder of a Class C license is authorized to drive a motor-driven cycle with an automatic transmission and cylinder capacity of 50 CCs or less or a 3-wheeled motorcycle with an enclosed cab.

If the vehicle is equipped with Air Brakes, an endorsement for that is also required.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #13
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all good advice Thanks a bunch and I do live in Georgia. so I will ck with
DL department..
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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If you check with the DL office, ask where you can find the requirements in writing. I doubt if they are any smarter than the Texas DPS and most of them do not know/understand the laws regarding the TV license requirements.

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