Special Licenses in Florida
You'll need to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) if you intend to drive any of the following:
- A vehicle whose actual, registered, or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is over 26,000 pounds and is towing a vehicle with an actual, registered, or GVWR of over 10,000 pounds (class A license)
- A vehicle whose actual, registered, or GVWR is over 26,000 pounds and is not towing another vehicle with a GVWR over 10,000 pounds (class B license)
- A vehicle weighing under 26,000 pounds and designed to either transport at least 16 people (including the driver) or carry hazardous materials (class C license)
Certain driving professions require having endorsements in addition to a CDL, while others don't require a CDL but do require an endorsement.
To drive a school bus, applicants must have a CDL along with a school bus ("S") endorsement.
Shuttle buses not only come in a variety of styles and sizes, but are used in many different ways. Drivers may need to obtain a CDL, along with a passenger or other endorsements. Check with the potential employer to find out what is needed for the particular situation.
You'll have to check with your local government offices or a taxi company. As a general rule, taxi drivers only need to have the standard, Class E driver's license. However, local jurisdictions may impose additional requirements.
Those seeking to be a chauffeur should obtain a CDL along with a passenger ("P") endorsement.
You don't need to have a special license to ride an all-terrain vehicle or off-road vehicle.
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