Can I Turn My Cdl D Into Cdl C Without A Road Test In New Jersey.

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Andrew E.'s Comment
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I have read several different things saying yes or no. Are there any official words on this. Taking a written test is fine.

Andrew E.'s Comment
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Sorry to double post but I meant a regular drivers license into a class c license.

KH's Comment
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That's a good question, and I don't have a good answer :) My understanding is that you'd need a class C if you were going to drive passengers or hazardous material in a vehicle 26,000 pounds or less. The DMV says that the process is to take the written tests and get a permit, then take a road test in a vehicle of the type you intend to drive. If you want to drive passengers then obviously you'd need a bus or van to take a road test. But if you just want to be able to drive hazardous materials that require placarding in a pickup truck, then I don't know. Maybe you'd still need to show up and do a pre-trip inspection.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

KH's Comment
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...oh, I just saw your reply in another thread. I guess you figured out that you don't need a CDL for a straight truck less than 26001 lbs.

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.
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