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.