Commercial Driver’s License

What is a CDL?

A CDL is a Commercial Driver’s License.  This is the license you need to drive the following vehicles:

  1. A single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds.
  2. A trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds.
  3. Any vehicle that is designed to transport more than 16 people (including the driver).
  4. Any vehicle with hazardous material plates.

What do you have to do to get a CDL?

First, getting a CDL is more difficult than getting a regular license.  In order to get a CDL you have to take additional tests which are outlined by the Massachusetts RMV here:

Getting a CDL License and Permit

If you want or have a CDL, it is especially important to avoid any and all license suspensions because it may (and often will) impact your ability to get or keep your CDL.

For more information on your CDL, or how to get one, check out the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Commercial Driver’s License Page:

Massachusetts Commercial Drivers License Manual

You can also get a printable version of the 2004 CDL Manual by clicking here:

2004 CDL Manual

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