Special Licenses in Nevada
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 more than 26,000 pounds, and is towing a vehicle with an actual, registered, or GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds (Class A license)
- A vehicle whose actual, registered, or GVWR is more than 26,000 pounds, and is not towing another vehicle with a GVWR more than 10,000 pounds (Class B license)
- A vehicle weighing less than 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 further endorsements, while others don't even require a CDL. We'll sort out some common scenarios below.
Those seeking to transport children in a school bus need a CDL if the bus is designed to seat more than 16 people, including the driver. If so, you'll need to obtain a passenger (P) and a school bus (S) endorsement, in addition to the CDL.
Shuttle buses come in a variety of styles and sizes, and they serve many different purposes. Drivers may need to obtain a CDL, along with a passenger (P) or other endorsements. Check with your potential employer to find out what's needed for your specific situation.
In general, taxi cab drivers do not need a special license or permit.
Unlike some states, Nevada does not issue special licenses for chauffeurs.
Off-highway vehicle users do not need a special license. Just remember that ATVs, snowmobiles, motorbikes and other sport vehicles are not allowed on major roadways.
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