California has the following full, noncommercial driver licenses:
Noncommercial Class A:
The Noncommercial Class A license covers not-for-hire travel trailers weighing more than 10,000 pounds, fifth-wheel travel trailers weighing more than 15,000 pounds, and livestock trailers weighing more than 10,000 pounds but no more than 15,000 pounds.
Noncommercial Class B:
You can drive a house car (RV or motor home) up to 45 feet (no longer).
Noncommercial Class C:
The Class C license allows you to drive regular, noncommercial passenger cars and trucks.
Motorcycle License (M1 & M2):
California offers two classes of motorcycle license: M1 and M2. With an M1 license, you may ride any type of motorcycle with an attached motor, or any motorized scooter. With an M2 classification, you will be permitted to drive a motorized bicycle, a moped, a bicycle with an attached motor, or a motorized scooter only.
California has the following commercial driver licenses:
Class A truck
Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds (11,793 kg) provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds (4536 kg).
Class B truck
Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds (11,793 kg), or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds (4536 kg) GVWR.
Class C truck
Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is placarded for hazardous materials.
Since April 1, 1992, when this Act became law, all drivers have been required to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed testing standards for licensing drivers. U.S. states are able to issue CDLs only after a written and practical test have been given by the State or approved testing facility.
Note: You do not need a CA driver’s license if you possess a valid diplomatic driver license from the U.S. Department of State.
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