What Is a Class B Driving License?

Written by daniella lauren | 13/05/2017
What Is a Class B Driving License?
Class B driver's license holders can drive tractor-trailers. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Thomas)

Most drivers hold a Class C driver's license, which allows them to drive two or three-axle automobiles weighing 11793 Kilogram or less. A Class B driver's license is used for driving vehicles weighing more than 11793 Kilogram.


According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are three types of Class B licenses.


Noncommercial licenses allows for driving vehicles up to 45 feet long. Commercial licenses are required for driving trucks, buses and farm equipment. The restricted Class B license is required for driving firefighting vehicles.


Drivers must have a clean driving record. Commercial licenses normally require both in-class and behind-the-wheel instruction as well as passing a written and behind-the-wheel examination.


Holders of a Class B license must be over the age of 21 to haul products across state lines.


Truck drivers are needed in all 50 states; however, most trucking companies are located in the Midwest for optimal access to both the East and West coasts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook is favourable for truck drivers, especially those who are willing to drive long distances.

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