Class B CDL

Class B CDLWhat exactly is a Class B CDL?

A Class B CDL allows you to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a loaded weight of 26,001lbs (11,793kg) or more, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a maximum weight of 10,000lbs (4536kg), and no restrictions on the age of your passengers.

The Class B CDL offers a greater allowance with regards to what you can drive and tow than the Class C CDL but less flexibility compared to the Class A.

Class B CDL Requirements

To get your Class B commercial drivers license you’ll need to pass the following tests:

  • General Knowledge
  • Air Brakes (where applicable)
  • Basic Skills & Controls
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Other Exams For Additional Endorsements


Most states require you to take a written examination followed by an on road test.

Read our Class A CDL page to find out more about each of the bullet points mentioned above.

In addition to successfully completing the written and practical examinations, you also need to have a clean driving record (for the last 2 years), be at least 21 years of age for interstate driving (18 years of age for home-state driving).


Like with the Class A commercial drivers license, when you complete your exams you’ll have the chance to add any Endorsements. This can be a good idea as it ultimately gives you more flexibility with regards to the types of vehicles you can drive and the products you can carry.

14 Responses to “Class B CDL”

  1. timothy young says:

    i mean, what class are flat bed trucks in?

  2. Ryan Ward says:

    Man, thanks for breaking it down into the separate classifications. Makes it easy to see which license I need, and which ones I don’t want!

  3. timothy young says:

    what about flat bed trucks?

  4. Deborah Wolters says:

    If I get an A, it does NOT cover for a B license also, correct? I have to take additional different schooling for a B?

    • Aidan says:

      You’re right Deborah, a Class A license only covers your ability to drive Class A vehicles. If you wish to drive other types of vehicles, there are additional tests you’ll need to take. Your driving school can best advise you about which ones you’ll need, and whether or not there are any requirements for additional training as well.

  5. g palmer says:

    Thanks man. I finally understand the difference in which kind of CDL I want.

  6. Charles Ryan says:

    What kind of trucks can you drive with a Class b license?

    • Aidan says:

      It depends on the weight of the truck. Most of the Class B trucks are large straight trucks, but the license also allows you to drive buses.

  7. Thomas W. says:

    What endorsements do you recommend we get for Class B?

    • Aidan says:

      Thomas, Hey man, good question, but I hesitate to try to give you an answer without knowing more. Your best bet is going to be checking with your driving instructor and getting their recommendation. They’ll be able to help you a lot better than I can.

  8. Greg Blakely says:

    Which one pays the most?

    • Aidan says:

      Hi Greg, If you mean which type of truck driving job pays the most, generally speaking, the owner-operators typically make the most money. Team drivers do pretty well too, I’ve heard.

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