What is a Commercial Driver’s License?

A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certifies that you are a licensed and Professional Truck Driver. Your qualifications as a CDL Driver will vary based on your experience and certifications in the Industry. Additional certifications allow you to drive with special privilege on the road. Certain commercial motor vehicles require Endorsement certifications or background checks prior to operation.

Why do I need a CDL?

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 was signed into law on October 27, 1986. The goal of the Act is to improve highway safety by ensuring that drivers of large trucks and buses are qualified to operate those vehicles and to remove unsafe and unqualified drivers from the highways.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed and issued standards for testing and licensing commercial motor vehicle drivers. Among other things, the standards require states to issue a Class A CDL to a commercial motor vehicle driver only after the driver passes knowledge and skills tests.

 


 
  • CDL A – Any Combination-unit over 26,001 lbs
  • CDL B – Any Straight Body Vehicle Over 26,001
  • CDL C – Any Straight Body Truck Under 26,001

 

What Type of CDL do I need?

While there are many fields of service available to Professional Truck Drivers, the type of CDL License is dependent on the type of work you’re looking for. Excel Driver Services offers Results Oriented Course Training (ROCT) Programs which can be added as additional certifications on your resume – which makes you more hireable!

Which CDL License is best for me?
 

Class A CDL License – Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs, towing vehicle(s) in EXCESS of 10,001 pounds requires a Class A CDL License. With your class A CDL, you will also be eligible to drive across state lines (provided you are 21+ years old).

Class B CDL License – Any single-body vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs, towing vehicle(s) UNDER 10,001 pounds. Additional certifications are needed for Class B CDL License holders to cross state lines and are able to operate in the state in which the CDL was issued.

Class C CDL License – Any single-body vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) UNDER 26,001 lbs, designed to transport 16+ passengers OR transport hazardous materials.