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What Is a Class A Driver?

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A Class A driver, also known as a CDL--a commercial driver’s license that allows a person to drive a truck for a company or business.


Unlike a traditional driver’s license, an applicant for a Class A driver’s license must be at least 18 years old in most states. Applicants must have a clean driving record.


A CDL Class A driver’s license requires several exams to be taken, including a general knowledge test, an air-brake test, a vehicle inspection test, additional endorsements and combination vehicles. These exams are in addition to passing a visual acuity test, physical exam and drug screening.


To apply to become a Class A driver, an applicant also needs to have at least three months of experience or 3,000 miles in a Class A vehicle via an instructional permit. The experience and instructional methods vary by state for a CDL.

Truck Tractor Weight

A Class A driver is able to drive a truck or semi that weighs more than 26,000 pounds.