Special Licenses in Utah
You will need a Class C Commercial Driver License (CDL) if you:
- Plan to transport 16 or more people, including the driver
- If you plan to operate a vehicle with a GVWR over 26,000 pounds or tow a trailer over 10,000 pounds
- If you will transport any kind of hazardous materials
Depending on exactly what kind of work you do, you will get either a Class A, B, or C. For more information, see our Commercial Driver License article.
If you are just going to be driving around your family and friends in a personal vehicle, like your own 15-passenger van, you don't need to get a CDL.
Farmers don't need CDLs either, as long as no one is hiring them for transport.
Military personnel who operate this equipment as part of their duties don't need a CDL, either.
To drive a school bus, you'll need to get a Class C CDL with a School Bus endorsement.
For driving a bus with 16 or more people, you'll get a Class C CDL with a Passenger endorsement.
Endorsements require special written tests. You may also have to take a behind-the-wheel exam.
Plan for your testing to take more time than the standard written driver test.
Where to Get an Endorsement
You can get these endorsements at many field offices; call ahead to make sure. The DMV will also provide you with any study material you may need.
Taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs require a Class D license with a Z endorsement. No CDL is needed. The endorsement costs $7. To get one, apply at a DMV field office.
Off-highway vehicles, also called all-terrain vehicles, require a safety certification prior to use. Operators must have in hand either a motor vehicle operator's license or safety certificate while driving. The safety certification program is designed to develop and instill the knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills necessary for the safe operation of an off-highway vehicle. In addition, the program provides off-highway vehicle information and safety advice to the public and the training of off-highway vehicle operators.
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