To operate certain kinds of passenger vehicles in the state of California, you must obtain a Class B passenger endorsement from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. There are two varieties of Class B requirements: commercial and noncommercial. The requirements for the commercial version are more stringent. Class B drivers can operate single vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds (including buses and some farm vehicles) or any vehicle towing another similar one not over 10,000 pounds.
Get a medical exam and have the physician fill out DMV Form 546A, the Physician's Health Report. This is a basic medical screening that ensures applicants do not have any disabilities or conditions that would adversely affect their ability to safely drive a passenger vehicle, such as color-blindness
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Fill out a driver's license application, or DMV Form DL 44. You will also need to pay an application fee of $66, as of time of publication.
Take and pass the Class B law examination. You can take this regularly scheduled exam at a California DMV facility near you. There is a fee of $31 to take this test, as of time of publication. You can make an appointment by telephone to sit for the exam.
Take and pass the driver's skill test and road test, which you can also undergo at any field DMV office. You must pass the road test prior to receiving a Class B endorsement.
Fill out a DMV Form 44C, which is equivalent to a commercial driver's license. You must have this license to get a commercial Class B endorsement. If you are employed as a driver, your employer must also provide you with a Certificate of Driving Skill, or DL 170 ETP.
Things You'll Need
Class C law examination
$66 application fee for general Class B license (as of publication)
$31 application fee for law examination (as of publication)
Form DL 170 ETP, Certificate of Driving Skill
Form 546A, Physician's Health Report
Form DV 44, Driver's License Application
Form DV 44C, Class C License Application
- California Department of Motor Vehicles: Endorsements/Class B Restrictions
- DMV.org: California New License Application
- California Department of Motor Vehicles - Driver License Fees
- California Department of Motor Vehicles: DMV Form 546A - Physicians Health Report
- California Driver Handbook
- California Commercial Driver Handbook
- California Department of Motor Vehicles: Employer Certificate of Driving Skill