Redo Class C In Order To Get Class A?

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Ron S.'s Comment
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Hello -

I was doing some class A research on youtube recently and came across a video where a person indicated that you have to redo your class C and M1 licenses in order to get your class A? Can anyone confirm whether or not this is true? I've not heard this before and am not finding much info about it online.

Thanks in advance =)

Rick S.'s Comment
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Do you currently hold an operators license? Or a Class C with a Motorcycle Endorsement?

You shouldn't have to "re-do" anything.

The Class A - is an "upgrade" to any license you hold. If you already hold an M1 (which I take to mean a motorcycle endorsement), this has nothing to do with any type of commercial license.

So if you already hold a Class C and Motorcycle Endorsement, and you desire to have a Class A - then go for your Class A, and whatever endorsements you want (Tanker, Doubles/Triples/HazMat).

A Class A includes all other lower classes of licenses. So getting your Class A, also enables you to operate anything that requires Class B/C licenses.

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

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.

Jim A.'s Comment
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When I got my cdl I had retake both my car and motorcycle written tests. That was in California, not sure what other states require.

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.
Ron S.'s Comment
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Hmmm...Seems to me that you wouldn't have to do that. But you are the third person (Jim) I have heard from that says you do. Wonder if it's a Cali thing. Either way, seems like an inordinate amount of tests to have to take to get one endorsement embarrassed.gif

Rick S.'s Comment
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When I got my cdl I had retake both my car and motorcycle written tests. That was in California, not sure what other states require.

Did you MOVE to Cali - or you already held a car & motorcycle license IN CALI?

This would probably be a Cali thing - NEVER HEARD of any states that made you RE-TAKE TESTS for licenses you already held - in order to UPGRADE to a CDL.

General Knowledge and Air Brakes for CDL is likely to be the same across classes of license. "Combination Vehicles" is going to be mandatory to go to a Class A.

I went from a regular operators to a Class A in Florida - by taking the tests to get the permit (CDL General Knowledge, Air Brakes - plus I took the doubles/triples, tanker and passenger endorsements at the same time). I didn't have to re-do my car or motorcycle tests.

Shame is - I held a "chauffeur's license" in the '80's - that I could have "grandfathered up" to CDL when they changed the way they did CDL's. I wasn't driving at the time - so I let it downgrade to a regular operators license.

Rick

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

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