Frequently Asked Questions

A CDL is a Commercial Drivers License. It demands that the holder possesses a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities than are necessary to obtain a regular operator or chauffeur license. A CDL is required to operate the following:

  • A vehicle with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 lbs.
  • A vehicle towing a unit with a manufacturer’s GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. when the GVWR exceeds 26,000 lbs.
  • A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons (including the operator) or any vehicle carrying children to or from school and home regularly for compensation.
  • A vehicle of any size that carries hazardous materials in amounts requiring placarding.
Yes, a few:

  • Active Duty Military with military licenses operating military vehicles.
  • Firefighters meeting approved training standards and operating authorized emergency vehicles.
  • Farmers in certain cases.
  • Individuals operating motor homes or other vehicles used exclusively to transport personal possessions or family members, for non-business purposes.
  • You must be 21 years old (18 years if all driving is done within Michigan and if no hazardous materials requiring placarding are transported).
  • You must possess a valid medical certificate in accordance with MCSR regulations.
  • You must qualify for the license based on your driving record. Any of the following will disqualify you from obtaining a CDL:
    • If you possess a license from any state other than your State of Residence.
    • If you are currently subject to any disqualification of your commercial driving privilege in Michigan or any other state.
    • If your license is currently suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled.
    • If you have a conviction for operating a CMV (commercial motor vehicle) while impaired in the 24 months immediately preceding application.
Each refers to a license that allows for the operation of different types of vehicles.

  • Class A allows you to operate vehicles which tow trailers or other vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) over 10,001 pounds when the combined GVWR is over 26,001 pounds. A Class “A” license also allows you to operate Class B and C vehicles. Applicable endorsements are required.
  • Class B allows you to operate single vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs or more OR a gross combination weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 lbs or more, towing trailers/vehicles rated at 10,000 pounds GVWR or less. A Class “B” license also allows you to operate Class C vehicles. Applicable endorsements are required.
  • Class C allows you to operate vehicles under 26,001 lbs. GVWR; that are designed to transport 16 or more persons including the driver; or that carry 15 or less people (including the driver) transporting children to or from school and home regularly for compensation, or carry hazardous materials in amounts requiring placarding. Applicable endorsements are required.
Endorsements are necessary for certain commercial driving requirements as follows:

  • AIR BRAKES endorsement for vehicles with air brakes
  • (T) DOUBLE or TRIPLE TRAILERS – For tractors pulling two or three trailers
  • (P) PASSENGER – For vehicles which are designed to carry 16 or more people (including the driver)
  • (S) SCHOOL BUS – Any vehicle transporting children to or from school and home regularly for compensation
  • (N) TANK VEHICLES. For vehicles designed to haul liquids or liquefied gases in bulk in permanently mounted tanks or portable tanks rated at 1,000 gallons or more
  • (H) HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. To carry hazardous materials in amounts requiring placards
  • (X) Endorsement code designating a Tank (T) vehicle that carries Hazardous Materials (H)
Yes! If you are 21 years or older it is good throughout the entire United States.