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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.


Andrea Helaine has a Bachelor of Philosophy in theology and is currently finishing her thesis course for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Helaine has been writing professionally for over 10 years and has been published in several anthologies and is currently breaking into the screenwriting market.