Do I Have To Take Class C Renewal Test? (California)

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John N.'s Comment
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I went in today to take my General Knowledge test for CDL but I was hit with General Knowledge test for Class C and I was confused because it did not mentioned anywhere you have to take renewal written test for Class C. I spoke with the people in DMV they said the laws have changed since 2015 of last year, and they require you to take Class C test also. Did anyone else experienced this? I cannot find any information on DMV website or anywhere regardless?

P.S: I got my Class C licence in 2012 and have a clean record.

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.

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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What is a class C in California? In Arizona a Class D is a regular Drivers License.

John N.'s Comment
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What is a class C in California? In Arizona a Class D is a regular Drivers License.

Class C is regular driving license.. they are making me take a renewal test for regular test instead of jumping right into CDL general knowledge test.

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.
murderspolywog's Comment
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When I tested in ca in late 13. We had to do the class c, as well as class m for me.

Calkansan's Comment
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When I tested in ca in late 13. We had to do the class c, as well as class m for me.

I live in ca also. I took class a in 10/14. I didn't have to take the c or m1 at that time. I wonder if it is an administrative policy enforced by some dmv offices vs a statewide law. More investigation is needed.

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.

Calkansan's Comment
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Https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/comlhdbk.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwikqvuuuYbQAhVHylQKHYDuC3oQFghUMAY&usg=AFQjCNELdVTfwgCMewHrv67xq22GcZZryA&sig2=FzupOqB1eEdvZ8-5aFWSeg

Link to handbook. It says nothing about having to retake class c to get class a. If you find something different, please post.

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.

John N.'s Comment
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Https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/comlhdbk.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwikqvuuuYbQAhVHylQKHYDuC3oQFghUMAY&usg=AFQjCNELdVTfwgCMewHrv67xq22GcZZryA&sig2=FzupOqB1eEdvZ8-5aFWSeg

Link to handbook. It says nothing about having to retake class c to get class a. If you find something different, please post.

I called the customer service helpline on DMV they said policies have been in effect effective April of 2015. Also, they said if you haven't tested for Class C within an year you have to take it regardless.

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.

John N.'s Comment
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Https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/comlhdbk.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwikqvuuuYbQAhVHylQKHYDuC3oQFghUMAY&usg=AFQjCNELdVTfwgCMewHrv67xq22GcZZryA&sig2=FzupOqB1eEdvZ8-5aFWSeg

Link to handbook. It says nothing about having to retake class c to get class a. If you find something different, please post.

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I called the customer service helpline on DMV they said policies have been in effect effective April of 2015. Also, they said if you haven't tested for Class C within an year you have to take it regardless.

Also I spoke with Commercial Licensing Office in Sacramento they said you have to take since you are just getting your Commercial Licence. So I guess i gotta do it :)

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.

Colin K.'s Comment
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Thank you for posting this information, John. If I decide to take the plunge and go into trucking, this will apply to me as well as I live in CA. I know you will do great on the test but unexpected things like this are a pain.

Stay Safe Out There, Colin K.

Tractor Man's Comment
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If you can pass the CDL Exams, the Operators exam is a piece of cake. If it weren't so easy there wouldn't be so many Dumba$$es with Drivers Licenses on the road.

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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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