In the state of Tennessee, like all other states in the United States, operators of larger and more complex commercial vehicles are required to apply for a Commercial Driver License, CDL. This is in pursuant of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act passed by the US congress in 1986. the CDL Tennessee issues comes in three classes, A, B and C, depending on the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), gross combination weight rating (GCWR), and on what is being transported by the commercial vehicle.
Generally, state law defines a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) as any vehicle or combination of vehicles whose weight is in the excess of 26,000 pounds. In addition, vehicles transporting hazardous materials that need placarding and vehicles designed to transport more than fifteen passengers, including the driver, also require that the driver be a holder of the CDL Tennessee issues. In addition, regardless of the weight of the vehicle, any vehicle used as a school vehicle to transport school going kids between home and school can only be driven by a CDL holder.
Some drivers require an A/57 license: those who do not need a class A license, but transport in excess of 10,000 pounds. Examples of such vehicles are the F450 pick-up truck hauling a trailer heavier than this or an electric department truck hauling a forklift on a flatbed trailer that exceeds this weight.
The Temporary Driver License does not cover any type of commercial motor vehicle. Any person applying for the CDL Tennessee state gives must provide proof of US citizenship or a legal permanent resident’s status. One must also produce a valid DOT medical card from a recognized medical practitioner to prove they are physically capable of driving, proof of their social security number, a driver’s license or ID and proof of domicile in the state.