Motorhomes used for personal pleasure in Texas may require a Class B or Class A license depending on their weight ratings.
After reading the article about Texas Drivers License Requirements, FMCA member Gary Kuba contacted FMCA about the renewal of a Texas noncommercial Class B driver license. This license is required for motorhomes with GVWRs of 26,001 pounds or more. (A Class A license is required if the towed vehicle exceeds 10,000 pounds.)
Mr. Kuba states:
"Any driver renewing the noncommercial Class B license is required to renew at a Texas driver's license location in Texas. You are not able to renew this license via phone or Internet. This is especially critical for people such as Escapees members who may not physically reside in the state, but hold a Texas Class B license. Finding this out at the last minute cost me a $500 flight to Dallas (city with the lowest fare) in order to sign my name and have my picture taken. You will need to plan ahead, so this doesn't happen to you."
But according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Web site, Texas does allow mail-in renewal of Class A and Class B noncommercial licenses, even if you are not domiciled in Texas. Please see this Texas Department of Public Safety Web page:
Several other FMCA members from Texas whose motorhomes exceed 26,000 pounds contacted FMCA with questions about the Class B license requirements.
At least one FMCA member indicated that he received inconsistent information from DPS branch offices regarding the license class and requirements. And some Texas residents said they hold out-of-state licenses from states that do not require the special noncommercial license.
Texas-lilcensed drivers of personal-use motorhomes that weigh more than 26,000 pounds are exempt from holding the Commercial Driver License. BUT, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, they must hold the Class B or Class A.
Below is an excerpt from the Texas Drivers Handbook, page 7, that addresses the classes of Texas driver licenses. Similar information is in the Texas Transportation Code, starting under Sec. 521.081.
For more information about Texas driver licensing, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety's Web site, www.txdps.state.tx.us.
CLASSIFIED DRIVER LICENSE (Texas Transportation Code, Section 521)
The following listed Class A, B, C, and M licenses will be issued to persons who are exempt from obtaining a Commercial Driver License or persons who are not required to obtain a Commercial Driver License:
1. Class A driver license permits a person to drive any vehicle or combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds; including a vehicle included in Class B or Class C, except a motorcycle or moped.
2. Class B driver license permits a person to drive the following vehicles, except a motorcycle or moped:
a. a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, and any such vehicle towing either a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating that does not exceed 10,000 pounds, or a farm trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating that does not exceed 20,000 pounds;
b. a bus with a seating capacity of 24 passengers or more, including the driver; and
c. a vehicle included in Class C.
3. Class C driver license permits a person to drive the following vehicles, except a motorcycle or moped:
a. a single unit vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that is not a Class A or B; and
b. a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 26,001 pounds, towing a trailer not to exceed 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating or a farm trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating that does not exceed 20,000 pounds.