Adding Endorsements: Would I Need To Retake The Class A And C Tests?

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rtfirefly's Comment
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I plan to get my Hazmat , doubles/triples, and maybe tankers endorsement soon. I think I remember hearing somewhere that in order to add endorsements after the first year of having your Class A license (which it has been) you need to retake the class A and C tests over again with them. Is this true? If it's relevant, I'm licensed in CA.

Thank you!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Nope - written tests only.

Hazmat will require fingerprints & background check - around $100. Takes around 30 days to come back.

Rick

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Rick S.'s Comment
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Sorry - kinda vague.

No you do not need to take your Class A (written or skills) or Class C tests. But your Class A ALREADY COVERS Class C commercial vehicles. Class A is the highest class of license, and covers all classes of vehicles below it (B/C).

Rick

rtfirefly's Comment
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Thanks for answering and for the clarification!

The reason I asked about the class c test was because when I got my A I also had to take the written test for...I guess it wasn't so much for the C licence, but it was a general driving test that covered the same questions as the C.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Yeah CA is goofy. When you get your class A you have to retake the class C written exam. I even had to retake the motorcycle written exam because I have a motorcycle iisence. I actually took it on the spot so it was a little bit scary. LOL!

JJ

rtfirefly's Comment
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Just thought I'd give an update for the record.

Maybe this is only in California, but if your licence was last renewed (or newly gotten) one year or more ago then you will be required to retake all of your driving tests in order to add endorsements. So I had to retake the CDL general, combinations, air brakes, and Class A general tests, plus my added endorsement tests of tankers, doubles/triples, and hazmat. Luckily I decided to review all the material before heading to the DMV , so I was able to passed them with little problem. Also concerning the hazmat , in addition to taking the test at the DMV, I also had to go to a TSA office to submit paperwork and to get finger printed for the background test. The tests at the DMV cost me $43 and the TSA hazmat stuff cost $87, so $130 altogether.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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