Special Licenses in MichiganPage Overview
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 26,001 pounds or more.
- A vehicle that is towing a trailer or another vehicle with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more with a gross combination weight rating (GCRW) of 26,001 pounds or more.
- A vehicle designed to either transport at least 16 people (including the driver) or carry hazardous materials.
If you need to apply for a CDL, be sure to check our informative articles on commercial driving.
Certain driving professions require having endorsements in addition to a CDL, while others don't require a CDL but do require an endorsement. We'll sort out some common scenarios below.
To obtain a chauffeur's license, you must be at least 16 years old, and pass a written chauffeur's license test. If you haven't already received your operator's license, you'll also need to complete a driver's education class and pass a skills test.
The license costs $35. Testing is available through Secretary of State branch offices.
The following professions all require a chauffeur's license.
As the name implies, chauffeurs must have a chauffeur's license. Depending on the type of vehicle being operated, a CDL may also be required.
Those transporting children in a school bus need to have a CDL with a passenger ("P") and a school bus ("S") endorsement.
Shuttle Bus Drivers
Shuttle buses not only come in a variety of styles and sizes, but are used in many different ways. At a minimum, you'll need to obtain a chauffeur's license to drive a shuttle bus.
However, you may need to obtain a CDL, along with a passenger or other endorsements. Check with your potential employer to find out what is needed for your particular situation.
You'll need a chauffeur's license to legally operate a taxi.
Riders may have to complete a state-approved Off Road Vehicle (ORV) safety education course. For your convenience, Michigan now offers an online course.
In addition, the Department of Natural Resources does require riders to purchase an ORV license every year for $26.25.
You must also prove you have a permanent legal presence in the United States when applying for any of the above licenses.Other Topics in This SectionTrue or False
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