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What Is a Class B Driver and How to Become One

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What Does a Class B Driver Do?

A class B driver is someone who has a commercial drivers license (CDL) for class B vehicles, allowing them to drive large vehicles that are not covered by other drivers licenses. A class B driver has completed a training program and passed a CDL exam so that they are licensed to drive vehicles such as buses and large trucks professionally. These transportation professionals may work close to home, driving daily routes to transport people or goods, or they may travel long distances.

What Does a Class B License Allow You To Drive?

A class B commercial drivers license (CDL) allows you to drive vehicles heavier and larger than standard automobiles. Class B license holders can operate straight trucks, trucks where all axles are mounted on the frame; examples include dump trucks and tow trucks. There are other license designations that allow drivers to drive buses or transport hazardous materials. The requirements for a class B license vary by state.

How Do You Get a Class B Driver's License?

To get a class B driver’s license, you should check the requirements and process on the website of your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you want to be a class B commercial driver, you can enroll in a commercial driver's license (CDL) program, where you will learn in both classroom and hands-on settings. Through this process, you will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to pass the state CDL class B exam and driving test.

How Do You Become a Class B Driver?

Becoming a Class B driver requires a Class B commercial driver's license (CDL). You can apply for a CDL or truck-driving program where you will learn the information and skills to pass your state written knowledge test and driving exam. After you have your license, you can begin applying for Class B driver jobs. Federal regulations require you to be at least 21 years old for interstate commercial driving. Some states allow you to be 18 years old for intrastate driving. Some employers may require a high school diploma or equivalent.

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