There are several different types of licenses that you can get in Connecticut. They are generally broken up into two categories – commercial driver’s licenses and non-commercial driver’s licenses.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
The CDL gets broken down into three categories:
- Class A CDL: a vehicle or combination of vehicles that weighs 26,001 pounds or more. If a vehicle being towed is involved, this vehicle must weight more than 10,000 pounds.
- Class B CDL: A vehicle weighing 26,001 pounds or more, or a vehicle that tows another vehicle weighing under 10,000 pounds.
- Class C CDL: A vehicle designed to transport hazardous material or one designed to transport at least 16 passengers.
Non-Commercial Driver’s License
To drive a non-commercial vehicle, you just need a standard driver’s license. This is considered a Class D license.
In order to operate a public passenger vehicle, you do not need a CDL, but you need an endorsement on your non-commercial driver’s license. Endorsements include:
- A: For activity vehicles such as taxis, motor coaches, service busses, and liveries.
- F: For taxis, service busses, motor coaches, and liveries.
- H: For vehicles containing hazardous material.
- M: For motorcycles.
- N: For tank vehicles.
- P: For passenger vehicles.
- Q: for fire trucks.
- S: For school busses.
- T: For double or triple vehicles.
- V: For student transportation vehicles.
- X: For vehicles carrying hazardous materials.