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Old 02-01-2013, 01:23 PM   #1
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drivers license requirements and reg. fees ????

i've retired and have my class a and m1 license and medical card. i'm in california but going fulltimer. 1994 38ft pusher, 28,000 lbs, no trailer. my question arizona, neveda, oregon. does any of you know the drivers license requirements and will i need to keep my medical card ?? also which of these states is easier for insurance, inspections, reg. fees.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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Hi, According to most states that I know of your that is for your home state apply to all states. In other words if Ca. requires a Class B license than you have to have that and it will be honored in all states.

Most fulltimers become residents of Texas and are in the Escapees which is based in Livingsto, TX, check it out!

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Hi, According to most states that I know of your that is for your home state apply to all states. In other words if Ca. requires a Class B license than you have to have that and it will be honored in all states.

Most fulltimers become residents of Texas and are in the Escapees which is based in Livingsto, TX, check it out!

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That's correct. On this kind of issue, your home "licensing" state's requirements must be given "full faith and credit" by all other states in which you travel.

If you are legal in California, you are legal in the rest of the country.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:14 AM   #4
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You're not driving commercial anymore so no need for the medical card, unless you want to keep the CDL then by law it can't be renewed without a current medical card.
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None of those states require a CDL for a private-use motorhome, so no need to have the associated medical card unless you want to keep your CDL for other reasons.
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ok maybe i was not clear enough. am burnt out on california. to much taxs, stupid governor, spending $ we don't have on high speed rail, screwing us out of $ for the schools or what ever and then giving it to the unions. ok enough soap box. from what you have suggested you better reread your dmv requirements. ca. noncommercial license requirements. Class C--- any combination of vehicles with a gcwr of 26,000 lbs or less, trailers under 10,000 lbs, 5wheelers under 15,000 lbs..... NO MEDICAL NEEDED. Class B--- all vehicles under class c and house car over 40 ft. but not over 45 ft., any vehicle over 26,000lbs gvw, MUST HAVE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE (dl 546a). Class A--- bla, bla, bla, MUST HAVE MEDICAl CERTIFICATE my question is which state is more friendly oregon, neveda, or arizona. looking to change my home state (full timer). based upon income taxs, sales tax, vehicle reg., vehicle insurance, vehicle inspections, medical certificates, etc.
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I don't blame you for wanting out of CA, but for the record, the DL456 required for a California non-commercial Class A or B license is a medical self-certification. It does not require a certificate from a medical professional - it's just a DMV form you fill out along with your application.

http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/forms/dl/dl546.pdf
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Arizona out of the states you listed. Texas if you are serious.
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Don't forget South Dakota - they are incredibly friendly to RV'ers & great pricing! That's why you see so many RV's with SD tags.
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AZ, registration and insurance are high.

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Google "Senior friendly states" for good info. Kiplinger has a good run down on expenses.

States More Tax-Friendly for Retirees
States Less Tax-Friendly for Retirees
Read more at State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees-Kiplinger
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Google "Senior friendly states" for good info. Kiplinger has a good run down on expenses.

States More Tax-Friendly for Retirees
States Less Tax-Friendly for Retirees
Read more at State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees-Kiplinger
The Kiplinger's list of 10 best cities for retirees does not correlate to their other lists just saying
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If you wish to maintain your CDL just in case you want to go back to work in the industry but do not have any reason to obtain a DOT Physical and subsequent Medical Card have a look at 49 CFR Paragraph 391.68(c) which applies to Private Motor Carriers of Passengers (Non-business) and it's drivers (Sounds like us).

Private motor carrier of passengers (nonbusiness). - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

You will still have to file a CDL Medical Self-Certification Affidavit with your state that will certify you as an "Excepted Interstate" defined as, "Interstate, but operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted under 49 CFR 390.3(f), 391.2, 391.68, or 393.3." Only the affidavit need be submitted without the Medical Card.
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I have thought this whole CDL thing over myself. I've decided to keep the CDL and get the bi-annual physicals even though I'm retired because you never know, that and the fact once it's gone (you don't renew) it's harder to get. But that's just me.
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