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CDL Classes / Restrictions / Endorsements


CLASSES

Class A and B are both vehicles with a gross total weight rating of 26,001 pounds.  Class A requiring a towed unit of 10,001 pounds or more (i.e., tractor-trailer.)  Class B does not have a towed unit (i.e., bus, dump truck, etc.)

Class C is a vehicle which gross weight rating is below 26,001 pounds, but is carrying 16 or more passengers including the driver or is placarded for hazardous material.

Which class of license do you need?


RESTRICTIONS

A CDL might have restrictions placed on the license.  Restrictions may be added to a CDL due to wearing corrective lenses, written knowledge tests not taken, or equipment used during the driving skills testing.

Utah CDL restrictions:

  • A  No restrictions
  • B  Driver must wear corrective lenses
  • E  Vehicle must be equipped with an automatic transmission
  • J  Which restricts the driver for any other CDL restriction deemed necessary by the division
  • Which restricts the driver to driving intrastate only any commercial motor vehicle
  • L  Which restricts the driver to driving a commercial motor vehicle not equipped with air brakes
  • M  Driver may not transport passengers using a Class A bus
  • N  Driver may not transport passengers using a Class A or B bus
  • O  No tractor-trailer CMV
  • V  Variance

ENDORSEMENTS

A CDL can include select endorsements.  Certain vehicles like a school bus or tanker vehicle can only be driven when the proper endorsement is added to the CDL.  All CDL endorsements are an additional $9.00.

Here is a list of all endorsements that can be added to a Utah CDL:

  • H – Hazmat (Hazardous Materials)
  • N – Tanker
  • X – Tanker/Hazmat Combination
  • T – Doubles and Triples
  • P – Passenger
  • S – School Bus

HAZMAT – HHAZMAT

The hazmat endorsement allows a driver to drive a CMV carrying hazardous material in placard amounts.  Under the US Patriot Act, this endorsement requires the driver to pass a Federal TSA and DOT background check every five (5) years in order for it to be applied to a driver license. The background could take from 30 days to 90 days to complete and can cost from $80.00 – $110.00.

This endorsement requires a 30-question written knowledge test every five (5) years.  No driving skills test required.  A hazmat or passenger endorsement is required for a Class C CDL.

TSA online application

TSA background information


TANKERTANKER – N

The tanker endorsement allows a driver to drive a tank vehicle over 1,000 gallons.  This endorsement requires a 20-question written knowledge test.  No driving skills test required.


TANKER-HAZMATTANKER/HAZMAT – X

The X endorsement is a combination of the hazmat and tanker endorsement.  This endorsement is required for transporting materials such as gasoline.   Requires driver to pass a TSA background check.  See the hazmat endorsement above for details on how to apply.  The total fee for this endorsement is $18.00.  This endorsement requires a 30-question hazmat written knowledge test and a 20-question tanker written knowledge test.  No driving skills test required.


DOUBLES -TRIPLESDOUBLES AND TRIPLES – T

The doubles and triples endorsement is only allowed with a Class A CDL.  It allows a driver to pull 2 to 3 trailers at once.  This endorsement requires a 20-question written knowledge test.  No driving skills test required.


PASSENGERPASSENGER – P

The passenger endorsement allows a driver to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.  Available for a Class A, B or C type vehicles.  This endorsement requires a 20-question written knowledge test and a driving skills test in a representative vehicle.


SCHOOL BUSSCHOOL BUS – S

The school bus endorsement is an addition to the passenger endorsement.  Allows a driver to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver in a school bus.  The fee for both of these endorsements is $18.00.  This endorsement requires a 20-question passenger written knowledge test and a 25-question school bus written knowledge test.  The school bus written knowledge test must be taken again when you renew the driver license.  A driving skills test is required in a representative vehicle (school bus.)