Basically, there are three stages to follow before one can get the graduated driver’s license, which is also called the full license. Each stage issues a license, in form, that bears the driving privilege to be explored and enjoyed by the bearing person. First, the learner’s permit is issued to new drivers who had finished the driving school program; the learner’s permit has a set of restrictions to be followed. Second, the intermediate permit constitutes a lighter restriction on the driving privilege of the driver. And lastly, the full license is issued to drivers who passed the first two stages, assuming that the skills necessary for safety driving are already acquired.
The full license is categorized into two levels, according to the usage of such. Commercial and non-commercial licenses are issued by the Department of Motor Vehicle to individuals who pass the requirements set for each license type.
Non-Commercial Licenses. After passing the stages of the license including the completion of the driving school course, considering that the person is at least 18 years of age, an individual is already legible to get the non-commercial license. The full non-commercial licenses are narrowed into two distinct classes: Class D and Class E.
Class D is issued to individuals who want to drive a passenger car or trucks with a gross weight of 26, 000 lbs. In the same respect, the Class D license holder is only allowed to tow a trailer with 10, 000lbs at the maximum. Otherwise, a driver will be convicted of violating the permit of the Class D driving license.
Of course, the driving school education has been made before issuance of the non-commercial license, which includes the Class E. Class E driving license holders maintain the privileges of the Class D driver’s license with addition of permit to drive a car or truck with 14 passengers.
Commercial Licenses. For one to quality to get the commercial driver’s license, it is necessary to finish the driving school requirement, necessary for the endorsement. As such, the person must be at least 21 years of age before the license is approved. For special cases, those who have already taken a good driving school education and are 18 years of age already can apply for the Class B & C licenses.
Class A commercial license holder is legible to drive a semi-truck trailer combination with the gross weight of more than 26, 001 lbs with the permit to carry additional towage of gross weight more than 10, 001 lbs. This type of license requires a driver to attend the driving school endorsement education with regards to the set of vehicles permitted to be driven.
Class B license holders can driver the same capacity with class A, but the towage is downgraded to less than 10, 000 lbs only. On the other hand, Class C license holders are reduced to drive trucks with the gross weight below 26, 000lbs with the towage of below 10, 000 lbs. However, the total gross weight of the truck and the towed trailer or vehicle should not exceed 26, 000 lbs.