CDL QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum age of 18 for driving within Texas.

 

Minimum age of 21 for driving across state lines and the country.

 

Must have a current Driver License.

 

DOT Physical

CDL DISQUALIFICATIONS

Alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident or commission of a felony:

***At least one year for first offense, lifetime for a second offense.***

 

Alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident or commission of a felony while operating a commercial motor vehicle placarded for hazardous materials:

***At least three years for first offense; lifetime for second offense.***

 

Two serious traffic offenses (i.e. excessive speeding, reckless driving, improper or erratic lane changes, following too closely, etc.) within three years:

***60 days.***

 

Three serious traffic offenses (i.e. excessive speeding, reckless driving, improper or erratic lane changes, following too closely, etc.) within three years:

***120 days***

 

Railroad-highway grade crossing violations:

***60 days for first offense; 120 days for second offense within 3 years; at least 1 year for third offense within 3 years.***

 

Using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony:

***Lifetime.***

CLASS A and B CDL

CLASS A – Permits the holder to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle or vehicles towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.


CLASS B – Permits the holder to operate any single vehicle with a  GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, any one of those vehicles towing a vehicle that does not exceed 10,000 pounds GVWR, and any vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more, including the driver.  If the skills test is taken in a bus with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds, the holder will be restricted to operating busses under 26,001 pounds GVWR.