Types of Driver Licenses

Did you know there are different driver's licenses? Drivers call different classes of licenses different names depending on the state they're in. For example, teens in Ohio often reference earning their "temps" when referring to their Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card, while teens in Indiana sometimes refer to their learner's permit as simply their "permit." These are essentially the same type of license, though specific requirements vary between the states.

Let's go through the different types of driver's licenses and the privileges they come with.

  • Class C: A Class C license is your basic license. It allows the license holder the ability to drive a standard truck or vehicle for personal use on the roadway. You'll probably need to take a driver education course in order to obtain this license.
  • Class M: A Class M license allows the license holder to drive a motorcycle. This is a separate license or endorsement you must apply for, even if you already hold a Class C license.
  • Class B: This license lets you drive non-commercial RVs and buses.
  • Class A: This license lets you drive passenger vehicles and large vehicles like trucks and buses, depending on the endorsements you have on the license.

If you're using your driver's license for business purposes, you'll likely need to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). The types of CDL licenses are:

  • Class A CDL: This CDL allows you to driver vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds as long as the towed vehicle is at least 10,000 pounds. You may be able to get endorsements on this license that allow you to drive Class B and Class C vehicles.
  • Class B CDL: This CDL permits you to drive single vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or higher, but the towed vehicle can't be heavier than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C CDL: This CDL lets you drive vehicles that transport 16 or more occupants or vehicles that are transporting hazardous materials.

If you're ready to earn your driver license, check out our free website to see the online driver education courses we offer in your state!