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Old 03-07-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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Texas Class A drivers license endorsement

For those who have the class A endorsement and are not and have not driven commercially what where the steps you went through and what did the driving portion of the test require? I keep getting conflicting information from different people on the TXDOT staff.

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Old 03-07-2018, 03:29 PM   #2
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Why are you looking for a class A license? Most people with a motor home over 26,001 lbs need a class B non exempt license unless they are also towing a trailer over 10,000 lbs.


Class A Authorizes an individual to drive:

1. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
2. A combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds

Class B Authorizes an individual to drive:

1. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more
2. Single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 pounds or more that is towing a vehicle with a GVWR that does not exceed 10,000 pounds or a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds
3. A bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or more including the driver

Class C Authorizes an individual to drive:

1. Single vehicle or combination of vehicles that are not included in Class A or Class B
2. Single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds towing a farm trailer with a GVWR that does not exceed 20,000 pounds
3. Designed to transport 23 or less passengers including the driver
Note: Vehicles rated for the transport of 16-23 passengers including the driver require a Class C CDL, unless exempt
4. An autocycle.

Class M
Authorizes an individual to drive a motorcycle or moped.
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My dual wheel one ton and 44' toy hauler put me over the 26,001 CDWR weight. I keep getting conflicting information from three phone calls on which application and where to go. The written test I can take at any location but when I ask about where the driving test location and what I need they say I also need a CDL health certificate. I mention that I am applying for Non-CDL but I guess all the people who work the phone probably only work with CDL questions so that is how they answer. I would like to know if in the driving test require parallel parking? If so I would bring my goose neck as it is easier to see around when backing up.
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CDL means Commercial Drivers who are being pain to drive. I don't think you are required if not being paid
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:25 PM   #5
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You do NOT need a health certificate. NOTE: The Class A and/or Class B licenses are not endorsements: they are classes of license. You get one of these, it replaces your Class C license.
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CDL means Commercial Drivers who are being pain to drive. I don't think you are required if not being paid
Texas requires a Class A or B non-CDL license for large RVs.
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It looks like you fall into Class A number 2.
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You will take the written portion of the test at any DPS examining station. Most questions come from Chapter 14 of the test booklet. There are also some good study questions online.
The driving portion can only be taken at specific commercial examining stations whic are listed on the website. There will be a delay from written to driving dates due to backlog of people wanting a commercial license. You will also need to drive a rig which is at least 26,001 lbs, or truck and trailer are capable of 26,001 lbs or more of weight and towing weight for the test. Read earlier post about that.
Since the test will be mostly proficiency of driving skills, it is imperative you practice with the rig you will be driving.
Good luck on your test.
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I know its not Texas but I have a class a cdl in Alabama and would definitely take the gooseneck trailer if you have to do the ally dock, also check and make sure about the trailer you take the test with because here in Alabama if you use a pintle hitch or bumper pull trailer you are restricted to only pulling those type trailers, where as if you use a fifth wheel you can pull anything. Just saying.
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Thank you all very much for letting me know which section in the TDOT Drivers Handbook to read and information on the driving part of the exam which I understand includes lane changes, turning and backing into a spot. The application that needs to be filled out can be found with any internet search engine TXDOT CDL-2 Form. This form is specific to Non-CDL even though it has CDL in the form name. The form title is Texas Class A or B Drivers License Application NON-CDL Exempt Vehicles.

Previously I had a 3/4 ton with 32 - 35' 5th wheels and I knew once I moved to a 1 ton with a 5th wheel of just about any size I would exceed 26k thus the requirement for Class A license.

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Thank you all very much for letting me know which section in the TDOT Drivers Handbook to read and information on the driving part of the exam which I understand includes lane changes, turning and backing into a spot. The application that needs to be filled out can be found with any internet search engine TXDOT CDL-2 Form. This form is specific to Non-CDL even though it has CDL in the form name. The form title is Texas Class A or B Drivers License Application NON-CDL Exempt Vehicles.

Previously I had a 3/4 ton with 32 - 35' 5th wheels and I knew once I moved to a 1 ton with a 5th wheel of just about any size I would exceed 26k thus the requirement for Class A license.

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Are you estimating or have you weighed your rig? My 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 weighed ~8300 lbs ready to roll. That leaves you 17,700 for the 5th wheel. That's a lot of trailer.
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Are you estimating or have you weighed your rig? My 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 weighed ~8300 lbs ready to roll. That leaves you 17,700 for the 5th wheel. That's a lot of trailer.
It doesn't matter how much they actually weigh. It is the combined GVWR's of the truck and trailer that matter.
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I turned in my Class A CDL when I retired off of the road. Here in Arkansas I can drive anything I can afford with a basic class D License. $40 for 8 years for the Enhanced . if you do take the Class A driving test you can rent a vehicle to drive and be prepared for the pre trip inspection which is the hardest part of it.
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It doesn't matter how much they actually weigh. It is the combined GVWR's of the truck and trailer that matter.
Good point.
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