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Old 05-19-2008, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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when do i need a CDL

if i have a a 08 sierra 3500 drw @11,400 gvw w/commercial plates in new england area with a 14,000 gvw trailer hauling 2 or 3 cars at a time for my own company am i required to have a CDL. or any other requirements.??????
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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easy answer, if you are over 26k, or getting paid for it.
hard answer, more restrictions vary by state.
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You need a DOT number, And its not if you are over 26k its if your GVW it rated for over 26k. But yours only adds up to 25400.
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You need to ckeck the laws for the states you're going to be operating in. Some states go 26,000 GVWR for tow vehicle or 10,000 or more trailer gross weight rating.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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here in Florida you only need a CDL if your over 26,000lbs. when hauling commercially you do need DOT numbers tho.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would get it, especially if you are hualing 3 cars and get pulled over. It happened to us recently and now we are going legit, thought we were good since the cars were ours (car dealer, NJ).
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If the truck has a GVWR of 26,001 and higher then you need a class B CDL. Pulling any trailer rated 10,001 and higher you need a class A CDL. The only exemptions are recreational use like a horse trailer used for trail riding and campers. Their are more exemptions depending on the state you live in. Check with your local scale house but like always their is no one answer, it all depends on who pulls you over and how bad of a day they are having.
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Yeap like BIGBEN2004 said, it is based on the GVWR not the tag weight or gross weight. When the trailer GVWR exceeds 10,000 LBS. then that weight is combined with the trucks GVWR. (Example: truck 9200 LBS GVWR + trailer 17000 LBS GVWR = 26200 LBS. GVWR, Class A CDL). If both those exceed 26,000 LBS , yeap its CDL time unless you are exempt under the farmer rules, Recreational vehicles ETC.... Single vehicle such as a truck has to exceed 26,000 LBS. GVWR.
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here in Florida you only need a CDL if your over 26,000lbs. when hauling commercially you do need DOT numbers tho.
I assume you were talking about in state trucks only.
Crossing state lines and over 10,000 LBS. GVWR while engaged in commerce requires the DOT number and you must comply with all federal regulations at that point. If you don't believe that then go the FMCSA website and you will be educated into bolivia, enough stuff to read for hours.
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I assume you were talking about in state trucks only.
Crossing state lines and over 10,000 LBS. GVWR while engaged in commerce requires the DOT number and you must comply with all federal regulations at that point. If you don't believe that then go the FMCSA website and you will be educated into bolivia, enough stuff to read for hours.

if u go out of state you need the IFTA and DOT/MC numbers. in state just DOT.

why would anybody want to haul when diesel is so expensive. people dont understand and dont care to pay more. i dont know how you make any money running a very expensive truck for next to nothing.

i haul local and make pretty good money with small loads with my dump trailer. i would love to haul cars OTR but fuel prices makes its alot harder
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