What does Class “A” CDL requirement for combination vehicles mean?

So, you have made the decision to become a commercial driver and take advantage of the immense opportunities that exist in the industry. Congratulations! You are well on your way to earning an in-demand career skill that is a life-changing experience.
You may also be questioning the class of CDL licensure that you should be pursing. You might think that driving a Class “B” vehicle, simply put, means you need a Class “B” CDL license. Unfortunately, many are unaware of a key CDL licensure requirement that requires you to have a Class “A” CDL.

Let us help you understand the requirement for Class “A” CDL so that you don’t find yourself in this situation.
Per the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), the requirement for a Class A CDL is defined as follows:
Class A license is required to drive any combination of vehicles with a combined gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, if the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle or vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

The important part of the Class “A” licensure that is often misunderstood, is the need to consider the combination vehicle requirement (i.e. the trailer, and what is being towed on your trailer). If the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds, you will need to be a holder of a Class “A” CDL in order to be compliant as the driver of that vehicle. If you are unsure of your trailer GVWR, check the sticker which will show you the. If you have any further questions about this requirement, or would like to learn more about Capital Transportation Academy, please contact our Manager of Student Recruitment & Workforce Development, at (614) 258-0400 ext. 105, or, provide your information via the contact form, and a Capital Transportation Academy representative will contact you promptly.
Best of Luck, and See You On The Road !