A Class A CDL allows you to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a weight of 26,001lbs (11,793kg) or more, a towing capacity of over 10,000lbs (4536kg), and no restrictions on the age of your passengers.
The Class A CDL offers the most flexibility of the 3 Commercial Drivers License Classes (Class A, Class B and Class C).
Class A CDL Requirements
In order to obtain a Class A Commercial Drivers License, you’ll need to pass the following exams:
- General Knowledge
- Air Brakes
- Combination Vehicle
- Pre-Trip Inspection
- Other Exams For Additional Endorsements
The General Knowledge exam covers things such as vehicle inspection, vehicle control, communication, speed control, distractions, how to deal with aggressive drivers, driving in mountainous terrain, driving at night, dealing with emergencies while driving, braking systems, accident procedures, dealing with fatigue and rules concerning hazardous materials.
The Air Brakes exam tests your knowledge of air brake systems and parts, how to use air brakes effectively, inspecting air brakes, and dual air brake systems.
The Combination Vehicle exam tests your expertise in the area of driving combinations, coupling and uncoupling, combination inspection and also braking systems relevant to combination vehicles.
The Pre Trip Inspection exam is designed to test your knowledge of both internal and external aspects of your vehicle. The goal of this test is to be able to identify potential problems prior to using your vehicle.
A list of the additional endorsements available on your Class A CDL can be found on the CDL Endorsements page.