Types of Licenses 2017-05-03T18:12:22+00:00

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.