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Do you have to have cdl for truck under26000 with air brakes?


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January 05, 2013 6:36PM

There's only three circumstances where you would:

  1. The vehicle is carrying a quantity of hazardous materials which requires placards under 49 CFR. This would require a Class C (minimum) CDL with hazmat endorsement.
  2. The vehicle is a bus designed to transport more than 15 persons (including the driver). This would require a Class C (minimum) CDL with Passenger endorsement (or the school bus endorsement if it's a school bus)
  3. In New York State, a commercial vehicle over 18,000 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating requires a Class C (minimum) CDL.

There is no air brake endorsement - a CDL driver must complete the written air brakes test and conduct their road test in an air brake equipped vehicle, or they will receive a restriction which prohibits them from operating an air brake equipped commercial vehicle.