Being the owner of an RV is a perfect way to travel the country and to relish living in a plethora of natural settings. What is better than panoramic views of the countryside on your next road trip? However, can anyone drive a Class A RV? Are you going to need a special license?
Possibly. Read below and find out the rules and regulations related to Class A’s.
Can You Drive a Class A RV with a Normal Vehicle License?
Depending on the state you live in and the weight of your RV, it’s possible to drive a Class A RV with a normal vehicle license.
A lot of states don’t necessitate a special Class A RV license, but others are going to have different regulations.
Do I Need a Special Class A RV License to Drive My RV?
Most likely not, but there is catch: Many states have regulations for RVs over 26,000 lbs. Because your RV might weigh less than 26,000 lbs., you may not require anything more than simply a normal driver’s license.
But when your RV weighs 26,000 lbs. plus, you might require a CDL or commercial driver’s license or some other type of special license known as a NCDL or non-commercial driver’s license.
What Is a Commercial Driver’s License?
When most of us think of a CDL, we usually think of truck drivers, since state laws most likely always necessitate truck drivers to have a CDL. Fundamentally, you’ll require a CDL to drive larger vehicles such as tractor-trailers, buses, and occasionally RVs. A lot of individuals refer to those certificates as “Class A” licenses.
RV Weight and Driver’s License Requirements
When your RV, in addition to the weight that you are towing, goes beyond 26,000 lbs., it’s a good possibility you are going to need a particular driver’s license. For many states, you are required to have a CDL. Others necessitate a specialized but a non-commercial license.
When you reside in a state that has the requirement of a CDL or NCDL over a normal driver’s license, you have to get the related special permits. Nevertheless, you can cross state lines without obtaining the permit necessary in that state, as the state you reside in (or, when you are a full-timer, the state you’re quartered in) mandates licensing requirements.
For instance, perhaps you are quartered in Illinois, and therefore you can drive your RV having your normal driver’s license. In such a case, you may be concerned about traveling through Wisconsin, where residents are required to have a CDL to drive an RV over 26,000 lbs. Nevertheless, law enforcement is going to honor your state’s laws when you travel across borders, and you won’t be ticketed if you don’t have a CDL when traveling through Wisconsin.
Driving a Class A RV is very different than driving a vehicle or possibly a smaller RV. Whereas there might not be a requirement to acquire a specific Class A RV license, knowing how to safely operate a larger vehicle is vital.
States That Require a CDL
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
States That Require a NCDL
- North Carolina
States That Require Special Driver’s License Permissions
- New York
Look into the particular requirements of these states to get a total picture of what is needed.