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What Is a Class C Truck Driver and How to Become One

What Is a Class C Truck Driver?

A Class C truck driver is someone who has attained their commercial driver’s license (CDL) for Class C standards. A CDL will be issued in one of three classes: A, B, and C. Each class has different rules and regulations that must be met and followed. In most states, a Class C truck driver can drive vehicles with at least 16 passengers, or vehicles used to transport hazmat materials. They are not licensed to operate a vehicle under a Class A license, like a tractor trailer.

How to Become a Class C Truck Driver

Your duties and responsibilities as a class C truck driver are to operate large vehicles that transport hazardous materials or more than sixteen passengers. This means that you need to have particular qualifications. You must study and take the exam to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with a class C specification. You need a valid driver's license to take the test and two years of driving experience. You must also have a DOT physical to receive a DOT medical card. Once you obtain a CDL, you need to complete a hands-on driving portion to show you have the knowledge and skills to drive commercial trucks and trailers.