Certain vehicles cannot be operated with a standard driver’s license. Instead, these vehicles require a special driver’s license or a commercial driver’s license, especially if drivers will be transporting a considerable number of passengers. For this reason, the expert team at OnlineDriversLicenses.org has put together a list of vehicles that cannot be operated with a standard driver’s license. However, specific driver’s license laws vary by state, so it’s important to check with your state’s DMV agency for state-specific licensing information.
#1 Taxis – Requirements vary by state, but a chauffeur's license is often needed to operate a taxi cab. The group at OnlineDriversLicenses.org recommends checking with your state’s DMV agency for state-specific licensing information. Additionally, taxi drivers must have clean driving records and pass criminal background checks.
#2 Semi-Trucks – Classifications for commercial driver’s licenses, or CDLs, vary depending on the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the truck. Generally, Class B CDLs are required of drivers operating vehicles with a GVWR rating of at least 26,001 pounds, and/or vehicles that will tow another vehicle of up to 10,000 pounds. According to the group at OnlineDriversLicenses.org, Class B CDLs are usually required for drivers of straight trucks, dump trucks and box trucks (like furniture delivery vehicles or couriers).
#3 Buses – Like semi-trucks, a Class B CDL is often needed to operate segmented buses, tourist buses, city buses or school buses. In some cases, a Class B CDL may allow drivers to operate certain Class C vehicles.
#4 Shuttles – Passenger vans or vehicles that do not meet the criteria for Class A or B commercial driver’s licenses require a Class C CDL. A Class C CDL is needed to transport 16 passengers or more and vehicles containing hazardous materials, such as HAZMAT vehicles.
#5 Flatbeds – A Class A CDL is required for vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of at least 26,001 or more. Class A CDLs are needed to operate vehicles such as flatbeds, livestock carriers, tractor-trailer buses, tractor-trailers, truck and trailer combination vehicles and tanker vehicles. In some cases, Class A CDLs may be used to operate certain Class B or Class C vehicles.
#6 Limousines – Like taxi drivers, limousine drivers or personal chauffeurs, often need to obtain a chauffer’s license to legally transport passengers. In addition, a commercial driver’s license is required to drive a vehicle that has the capacity to transport more than 16 passengers.
#7 Motorcycles – According to the expert team at OnlineDriversLicenses.org, some states require motorcyclists to complete Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses before obtaining a motorcycle license. A motorcycle driver’s license endorsement is also needed. However, laws vary depending on the state in which you live.
#8 RVs – In some parts of the country like Washington D.C., Hawaii, Indiana and Wisconsin, a commercial driver’s license is needed to operate an RV. In other states such as California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming, a special driver’s license is needed to operate an RV. In other states, a Class D license may be used to operate recreational vehicles of under a certain weight.
#9 Boats – Depending on the state in which you live, a boating education course and a Boater Education Card may be needed to operate a boat. In the state of Alabama, a boating license is required. The team at OnlineDriversLicenses.org recommends checking with your state’s local government for state-specific boating requirements. In some states, the DMV may handle boats, but the fish-and-game department or parks division often handles boating education in many states.
#10 Snowmobiles – A standard driver’s license is not needed to operate a snowmobile on public roads, but a Snowmobile Safety Certificate is often needed in some states. For example, states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Washington mandate snowmobile safety courses. Additionally, snowmobiles must be licensed and registered in your state.