Driver’s License Requirements for RV driving

In the majority of instances you can drive an RV using your regular drivers license. RV’s can get really big. For safety of society, it is important that individuals driving big RV’s, for instance Class A bus size, be able to drive them safely and maneuver tight turns and steep roads.

There are guidelines on when you would need a commercial drivers license (CDL). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ( https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license ) sets these guidelines. A CDL has to be obtained from the state one lives in, your home state. Most states do not require a special license for RVs weighing under 26,000 pounds or towed vehicles under 10,000 pounds. Most RVs weigh well under 26,000 pounds.

Average Weights of vehicles:

Class B: 6000 – 8000 pounds

Class C: 10,000 – 12,000 pounds

Class A:  13,000 – 30,000 pounds

The states set different requirements on when one may need a CDL or a non-CDL.

State Licensing Requirements For RVs

Here is a detailed chart explaining what the requirements are for each state.

Alabama:  No special license required.

Alaska:  No special license required.

Arizona:  No special license required.

Arkansas:  Drivers need a CDL for vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds.

California:  Drivers need a Class B license for vehicles that weigh more than

26,000 pounds or have a length of over 40 feet. Drivers need a Class A license to tow anything more than 10,000 pounds.

Colorado: No special license required.

Connecticut: Drivers need a Class B CDL to drive single vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Drivers also need a Class A CDL for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

Delaware: No special license required.

Florida: No special license required.

Georgia: No special license required.

Hawaii: Drivers need a Class B CDL to drive single vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Drivers also need a Class A CDL for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

Idaho: No special license required.

Illinois: No special license required.

Indiana: No special license required.

Iowa: No special license required.

Kansas: Drivers need a Class B CDL to drive single vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Drivers also need a Class A CDL for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

Kentucky: No special license required.

Louisiana: No special license required.

Maine: No special license required.

Maryland: Drivers need a Class B license for vehicles that weigh more than

26,000 pounds.

Massachusetts: No special license required.

Michigan: Drivers towing a fifth wheel plus a trailer at the same time need to get a special recreational double R endorsement.

Minnesota: No special license required.

Mississippi: No special license required.

Missouri: No special license required.

Montana: No special license required.

Nebraska: No special license required.

Nevada: Drivers need a Class B license for single vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Drivers need a Class A license for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds. Drivers towing a vehicle that is more than 10,000 pounds need to get a special J endorsement.

New Hampshire: No special license required.

New Jersey: No special license required.

New Mexico: Drivers need a Class B CDL to drive single vehicles that weigh more

than 26,000 pounds. Drivers also need a Class A CDL for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

New York: Drivers need an R endorsement for vehicles over 26,000 pounds.

North Carolina Drivers need a Class B license for single vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Drivers need a Class A license for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

North Dakota: No special license required.

Ohio: No special license required.

Oklahoma: No special license required.

Oregon: No special license required.

Pennsylvania: Drivers need a Class B license for single vehicles that weigh more

than 26,000 pounds. Drivers need a Class A license for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

Rhode Island: No special license required.

South Carolina: Drivers need a Class E license for single vehicles over 26,000

pounds. Drivers need a Class F license for vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

South Dakota: No special license required.

Tennessee: No special license required.

Texas: Drivers need a Class B license to drive a single vehicle over 26,000 pounds. Drivers need a Class A license to drive vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds.

Utah: No special license required.

Vermont: No special license required.

Virginia: No special license required.

Washington: No special license required.

West Virginia: No special license required.

Wisconsin: Drivers need a CDL for vehicles longer than 45 feet.

Wyoming: Drivers need a Class B license to drive a single vehicle over 26,000 pounds or to tow anything less than 10,000 pounds. Drivers need a Class A license to drive vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds or to tow anything over 10,000 pounds.

These are intended as guidelines, and not to be taken as legal advice. Check you the The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and your state of residence for specific guidance.

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