The licensee shall have the valid commercial driver’s license issued to him or her in his or her immediate possession at all times when driving a motor vehicle upon a highway.
You must have a CDL to operate:
- Any single vehicle used to transport cargo or goods - (this would be a large dump truck, box truck, or similar vehicle.)
- Any combination vehicle - (this would be a semi truck or tractor-trailer as it is also called.)
- A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) city or long haul buses.
The following special endorsements must also be obtained for commercial vehicles where applicable:
- E endorsement (explosive materials)
- H endorsement (hazardous materials)
- N endorsement (tanker vehicles)
- P endorsement (passenger vehicles)
- T endorsement (double and triples)
X endorsement (Combination covering both Tanker and Hazardous Materials)
NOTE: Individuals obtaining a CDL are subject to administrative stops and must produce the documents required under Title 10. By applying for and obtaining a CDL, operators understand that protections given to them as a private citizen are not guaranteed while operating a commercial vehicle and that routine and/or random inspections are necessary for the safety of the roads being traveled.
- Violations of Penal Code 1301 is a MISDEMEANOR. If hauling hazmat or passengers, infraction becomes a FELONY. A commercial vehicle that is being driven by someone without a valid commercial driver’s license and/or proper endorsement MUST be impounded.