To receive a Class B Commercial Driver License, a driver must first complete a CDL training program and pass an examination. The applicant must have a valid driver’s license, and in some states a Class B CDL learner’s permit, to be eligible to take the training course .
Drivers must be over 18 or 21 years of age, depending on the licensing state. The minimum requirements for obtaining a CDL license are determined by the federal government, but each state is allowed to further strengthen these requirements.
Skills necessary to obtain a Class B license include gear shifting, backing, parking and docking, loading and unloading, and highway driving. All necessary skills are taught and tested during the training programs.
The CDL license is used to give drivers the legal right to operate commercial trucks that have an attached cab and cargo area, and that have a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds. The license also allows drivers to drive trucks that have a detached cargo area that weighs less than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles covered by the CDL license include tow trucks, dump trucks, delivery trucks, utility trucks and more. Drivers of passenger buses and fire trucks may be required to complete additional training.