Typically, when you think of the transportation industry, you assume that all drivers have commercial licenses. However, it really depends on the company you’re driving for; some only require a regular driver’s license. So, should you get a commercial driver’s license if you want to transport RVs?

What is a CDL?

A CDL, or commercial driver’s license, is a type of driver’s license that allows drivers to operate large vehicles, such as semi-trucks, buses, and livestock vehicles. However, not all CDLs are created equal. There are three different types of commercial driver’s licenses:

1. Class A

A Class A commercial license allows drivers to operate a combination of vehicles with a total weight over 26,001 pounds. However, the towed vehicle must be at least 10,000 pounds on its own. If you have a Class A license, you can operate vehicles such as tractor-trailers, flatbeds, and livestock carriers. 

2. Class B

A Class B commercial license also allows drivers to operate a combination of vehicles with a total weight of over 26,001 pounds, but the towed vehicle must weigh less than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles that can be operated with a Class B license include straight trucks, passenger buses, and dump trucks.

3. Class C

A Class C commercial license allows drivers to either operate vehicles transporting 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or transport hazardous materials. The Class C license holder may drive vehicles such as passenger vans and smaller HazMat vehicles. 

These are slightly different from operator’s licenses; in fact, CDLs are a specific type of operator’s license. In essence, an operator’s license allows people over the age of 18 to operate trucks under a certain weight. The requirements and restrictions for these licenses vary by state.

What are the benefits of having a Class A CDL?

One of the definite benefits of having a Class A commercial license would be the amount of vehicles you are able to drive. With this kind of flexibility, there are a multitude of options for you job-wise. Additionally, you’re pretty much guaranteed to travel, so if you’ve got an adventurous spirit, this can open up those opportunities for you as well!

So, do you really need a commercial driver’s license?

It’s not a requirement for every transport company, so you technically don’t have to have a commercial driver’s license. However, you probably should consider getting one at some point. Not only will it give you more opportunities for a wider range of jobs, but you’ll gain some valuable educational information that will help you in your employment.

Here at RV Transport Life, we are committed to providing RV transporters with resources, information, and advice to help them in their transporting careers. We prioritize the safety of our drivers, and wish you safe travels!

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