A Class C CDL permits you to drive any vehicle that doesn’t fall into Class A or Class B (less than 26,000lbs), but is designed to either transport 16 or more passengers or for transportation of hazardous materials that require a placard display. In addition to being able to carry less weight than a Class A or Class B CDL, the Class C CDL also limits passenger age to being a minimum of 16 years old.
Class C CDL Requirements
To be given a Class C CDL you need to successfully complete the following tests:
- General Knowledge
- Pre-Trip Inspection
- Other Exams or Additional Endorsements
Like the Class A and Class B CDL’s, the Class A CDL requires you to pass a written test that examines your knowledge of laws, safe driving, hazardous materials and other theoretical driving situations.
In addition to the written tests, a pre-trip inspection test and an on-road test are also performed to judge the practical skills and driving ability of the person being tested.
As with Class A and Class B commercial drivers licenses, Class C CDL’s also require a minimum age of 21 for interstate driving, a valid SSN (social security number), and in most cases you must be a resident of the state you’re getting licensed in.