Do You Need A Special License To Drive An RV?

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Last Updated on February 26, 2021 by Tanmay Sarkar

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Do you need a special license to drive an RV? And which RV class needs a special license?

These are the most common question asked by the RV community today.

The simple answer to these questions is:

No, you don’t need a special license to drive most of the RVs in the US. If you are driving a motorized RV that is under 26,000 pounds and a towable RV such as a travel trailer that is under 10,000 pounds you are good to drive it with a regular operator driver’s license in all the 50 states of the US, according to DMV laws.

Further vehicles that can carry more than 16 passengers are subject to special licenses. All this depends upon the states as all of them have different laws which can be confusing.

But, don’t worry we have provided a list which will help you out in finding the right information. But first, let’s know about the weight of different types of RVs, special and Commercial driver’s license.

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What is the weight of different types of RVs?

Type of RVDry Weight in Pounds
Class A13,000 to 30,000
Class B6,000 to 8,000
Class C10,000 to 12,000
Travel Trailer1,500 to 7,000
Fifth Wheel1,500 to 7,000

Related Reading: Average Camper Weight

What is commercial driver license?

Commercial driver’s license or Class C licenses are issued in all states of the US except Massachusetts. These types of licenses are required to operate large and heavy vehicles.

Every state issues a different type of license so, it is not simple to answer it. Down below is the list of states that require a special license to drive an RV over 26,000 pounds.

Commercial Driver’s License Classifications

Class A: Combination of vehicle that is vehicle and towed vehicle when it exceeds 26,000 pounds

Class B: Single vehicle when it exceeds 26,000 pounds.

Class C: Single vehicles that weigh 26,000 pounds or less are used to transport more than 15 passengers including the driver of the vehicle.

List of US states that require a special license

  • California: Requires a Class B non-commercial license to drive a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds.
  • Maryland: Requires a Class B non-commercial license to drive a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds.
  • Michigan: If someone tows a fifth wheel and a trailer behind it then they need a license called a recreational double “R” endorsement with the regular operator license.
  • North Carolina: A Class B license for a single vehicle that is over 26,000 pounds and a Class A license for a combination of vehicles over 26,000 pounds.
  • New Mexico: A Class B license for a single vehicle that is over 26,000 pounds and a Class A license for a combination of vehicles over 26,000 pounds.
  • Nevada: A Class B license for a single vehicle that is over 26,000 pounds and a Class A license for a combination of vehicles over 26,000 pounds.
  • Pennsylvania: A Class A non-commercial license for a vehicle with a trailer over 26,000 pounds. Class B non-commercial license if the vehicle is over 26,000 pounds.
  • Texas: Class B license to drive a vehicle over 26,000 pounds.
  • Washington D.C: A Class B license for a single vehicle that is over 26,000 pounds and a Class A license for a combination of vehicles over 26,000 pounds.
  • Wyoming: Class A non-commercial license for vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds and for towing over 10,000 pounds. Class B non-commercial license to drive a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds and for towed vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Further Reading: Avoid These 9 Travel Trailer Towing Mistakes

List of US states that require a commercial driver license

  • Connecticut: When you are driving a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds.
  • Hawaii: When you are driving a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds.
  • Kansas: A commercial driver’s license for Class A over 26,000 pounds.
  • Michigan: A commercial driver’s license for Class A over 26,000 pounds.
  • Newyork: A commercial driver’s license for Class B over 26,000 pounds.
  • South Carolina: A commercial driver’s license for Class B for a single vehicle that is over 26,000 pounds. A commercial driver’s license for a Class A to drive a combination of vehicles that weighs over 26,000 pounds.
  • Indiana: When you are driving a vehicle weighing over 45,000 pounds.
  • Wisconsin: When you are driving a vehicle weighing over 45,000 pounds.

List of US states that do not require a special driver’s license

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

The Solution

So, if you are worried about the weight restriction or need a special license to drive an RV, then there is an simple solution for it.

Go small, yes, small RVs such as travel trailers, pop-up campers, and generally Class A and Class B are under 26,000 pounds in weight.

They are also good for beginners as it is easier to drive them. Plus many campgrounds in National Parks do not permit large RVs.

Further Related: Ideal RV Length For National Park Campsites

Do you need a special license to drive an RV in Canada

No, you do not need a special driver’s license to drive an RV in Canada. A license that is valid in your country and state is enough.

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