I know this has been discussed to the point that you are all probable tired of it coming up anymore, but I did not find any info about the state that I live in, which is Alabama, of course. I am going to copy and paste what I have found as far as the license classes and the one exemption that I found.
I know that our 2001 Monaco Diplomat has a GVWR of 30,000lbs so it will be over the 26,001 lbs but I can't find any information on Alabama having what all of you are talking about which is a "non commercial class B"
My question is do you think that the exclusion that, I marked in red, makes it legal for me to drive our coach with a regular class C license?
Thank you for your time.
Driver Licenses - Classes, Endorsements, and Restrictions
- Class A —Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).
- Class B —Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) GVWR.
- Class C —Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that meets neither the definition of Group A nor that of Group B as contained in this section, but that either is designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver, or is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR part 172, subpart F).
- Class D – Private passenger, regular operator.
- Class M – Motorcycle
- Class V – Water Vessel
- T – Double/triple trailers
- P – Passenger vehicles
- N – Tank vehicles
- H – Haz- Mat
- X – Haz-Mat and Tank
- S - School Buses
- A – Corrective Lenses
- B – Motor Driven Cycle
- D – Outside Mirror - Left
- E – Daylight Driver only
- F – Hand Controls
- G – Automatic Transmission
- H – Outside Mirror – Right
- I – Outside Mirror – Right and Left
- J – Hearing Impaired
- K – Commercial Vehicles without Air Brakes
- L – Power Steering
- M – Power Brakes
- N – Built up Pedals
- O – Built up Seat
- P – Left Foot Accelerator
- R – Mechanical Signals
- V – CDL Medical Variance
- W – Intrastate Commerce Only
- Y – Learner’s License
Section 32-6-49.7 - Commercial driver license required; exceptions.
(a) Except when driving with a commercial driver license learner's permit and accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver license valid for the vehicle being driven, no person may drive a commercial motor vehicle on the highways of this state unless the person holds, and is in immediate possession of, a commercial driver license with applicable endorsements valid for the vehicle he or she is driving.
Active duty military or National Guard personnel operating government vehicles, farmers operating certain commercial motor vehicles, firefighters and operators of emergency equipment exempt from licensing provisions of the CMVSA are exempt from this article as detailed in FHWA's "Notice of Final Disposition" published in the Federal Register, September 26, 1988, 53 FR 37313, and as hereafter updated.
Commercial driver license requirements do not apply to drivers of vehicles used for personal use such as recreational vehicles which would otherwise meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle.
( No person may drive a commercial motor vehicle on the highways of this state while his or her driving privilege is suspended, revoked, or cancelled, while subject to a disqualification, or in violation of an out of service order.