Class C CDL

What exactly is a Class C CDL?

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.

14 Responses to “Class C CDL”

  1. mike says:

    Hi Aidan,
    I am going to buy a mobile dental clinic(bus) 35′ in lenth,less than 26000lb,with a dental team of 5 people.Do I need a cdl?Thanks.

    • Aidan says:

      Hi Mike, I don’t think you’ll need a CDL for the vehicle you describe. It’s under the weight limit, and you’ll be carrying fewer than 16 passengers. As long as you’re not transporting any HazMat materials, you should be good to go. However, I would strongly suggest that you check with your state’s DOT, just to make certain,.

  2. matthew sutton says:

    can i get a class c license and a class a too?

    • Aidan says:

      Matthew, you’ll need to check with your state’s DOT, since I can’t say for certain. I’m thinking you can only hold one license at a time, but I could be wrong about that.

  3. donald s says:

    so what kind of trucks can you drive with a class c license?

    • Aidan says:

      Trucks that can’t be classified as Class A or Class B will fall under the Class C division. It’s usually vehicles that transport 16 or more passengers, such as buses, or trucks that are hauling hazardous materials that must be placarded.

  4. Janice Garcia says:

    I’ve been thinking about driving a school bus to make extra money. Is this Class C the kind of license I need?

    • Aidan says:

      Hi Janice, the class C license has a minimum age of 16 for passengers, so I’m thinking you’ll need a class B license. They should be able to tell you at the driving school you attend, or you can check with your state’s DOT for an accurate answer.

  5. Cindy F. says:

    Do female truck drivers make the same amount as men?

    • Aidan says:

      Hi Cindy…that’s a fair question. As far as I know, yes, they do, since drivers are usually paid by the mile and based on experience. But to be sure, don’t hesitate to ask whenever you’re speaking with a trucking company rep if you think you may be interested in driving for them.

  6. Daniel Messner says:

    Does UPS give free training?

    • Aidan says:

      Daniel, I’m really sorry…you’re asking a legitimate question and I don’t know the answer to that. My suggestion is to check with the local UPS office in your area.

  7. dean braddock says:

    awesome site!

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