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Old 09-20-2021, 03:26 PM   #1
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Special License Requirements for Class A Motorhomes

Hi Everyone, I live in New Jersey and was wondering if there are any state special driver license requirements to drive a class A motorhome. Not sure if there is a weight and size limit. The state websites are very confusing . Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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If your home is in New Jersey, you must follow New Jersey licensing laws. Check with DOT.
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This question has come up a number of times on this forum. As I understand it, most states authorize the person having a standard license (Class C in NC) to operate a vehicle weighing up to 26,000 pounds. Above that weight, some type of modified license is typically required. Sometimes reading the fine print on the back of your license offers more information than the dmv manual.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Don't know about NJ, but in MS we can drive any non-commercial vehicle without a special license! As suggested, I would call the local driver's license testing office for accurate info!

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Looks like nothing special is required in New Jersey.

As per the New jersey Driver's License Manual:

"COMMERCIAL DRIVER EXEMPTIONS
Taxi drivers, ride-sharing van drivers, funeral procession drivers, operators of rescue, first-aid squad or firefighter apparatus, farmers hauling their own products and equipment within 150 miles of their farms, non-civilian operators of military equipment and operators of construction equipment not designed for operation on public roads are exempt and need not apply for a CDL. Operators of recreational vehicles are also exempt, provided the vehicle is being operated only for personal use. (N.J.S.A. 39:3-10k, 39:3-10.11)"
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Looks like nothing special is required in New Jersey.

As per the New jersey Driver's License Manual:

"COMMERCIAL DRIVER EXEMPTIONS
Taxi drivers, ride-sharing van drivers, funeral procession drivers, operators of rescue, first-aid squad or firefighter apparatus, farmers hauling their own products and equipment within 150 miles of their farms, non-civilian operators of military equipment and operators of construction equipment not designed for operation on public roads are exempt and need not apply for a CDL. Operators of recreational vehicles are also exempt, provided the vehicle is being operated only for personal use. (N.J.S.A. 39:3-10k, 39:3-10.11)"
Careful. IL says the same thing. RV exempt from CDL.

Then on down the page it gives weight classes for non cdl licenses.
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Careful. IL says the same thing. RV exempt from CDL.

Then on down the page it gives weight classes for non cdl licenses.
Ah yes, I see that. Class D only good up to 16k in IL. Also, all vehicles over 16K must stop at all weigh stations. Interesting.

I am not seeing any weight restrictions on Class D in NJ. But I may be missing it.
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Looks like no special license is needed. Thanks everyone for taking the time to research this for me. So if I travel out of state and comply with NJ state laws , then all other states will comply?
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Looks like no special license is needed. Thanks everyone for taking the time to research this for me. So if I travel out of state and comply with NJ state laws , then all other states will comply?
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Looks like no special license is needed. Thanks everyone for taking the time to research this for me. So if I travel out of state and comply with NJ state laws , then all other states will comply?

I am going to be the spoiler here, as far as your license and the vehicles: YES! other traffic laws you are responsible to know and observe local laws. An example of this would be the maximum speed limit for combination vehicles in California. Any vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer is a combination vehicle there and cannot exceed 55MPH no matter the posted speed limit. If you are towing your jetski behind your Honda Civic in a 75 zone anything over 55 can get you a ticket. In most places the important stuff is posted, and the more obscure most LEOs will cut you some slack as long as you are polite tourists.
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Thanks again everyone, greatly appreciated !!!
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Ah yes, I see that. Class D only good up to 16k in IL. Also, all vehicles over 16K must stop at all weigh stations. Interesting.

I am not seeing any weight restrictions on Class D in NJ. But I may be missing it.
Weigh stations are only for commercial business vehicles being driven for profit, not for private vehicles.
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