A Class B CDL (Commercial Drivers License) is a license used for any heavy straight vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating that is more than twenty-six thousand pounds. The Class B license is also applicable to any vehicle towing another vehicle that does not exceed the weight of ten thousand pounds. Class B CDL holders are eligible to drive vehicles under the Group B classification.
The general knowledge test is needed for all Class B CDL applicants. The person may need to take more tests for the required endorsements. This would depend on the class and application of the vehicle.
Applicants for Class B CDL are required to take the CDL knowledge test that is comprised of several questions. A test section for every additional endorsement will touch the following areas:
H for "Hazardous Materials" - Needed for any vehicle required to be placarded for hazardous materials. (30 questions)
T for "Double / Triple Trailer" - Needed for any vehicle towing two or more trailers. (20 questions)
N for "Tank" - Needed for any tank vehicle designed to transport ten thousand or more gallons. (20 questions)
P for "Passenger" - Needed for any vehicle designed to transport sixteen or more persons, including the operator. (20 questions)
S for "School Bus" - Needed for driver license Class B when operating a school bus with passengers. (20 questions)
When it comes to a Class B CDL program, all students need to fulfill the following requirements:
- Finish taking the written tests for the instruction permit before the starting date of the class
- Hold a valid operator’s license held for a minimum of one year
- Have a social security card
- No unpaid tickets against their license
- Complete and return the school / employer qualification form
- Pass a 5-panel NIDA drug screen test