Commercial Driver License (CDL) Exemptions
Some commercial vehicles, based upon their gross vehicle weight rating, may not require the driver to hold a CDL. Drivers of these vehicles need to hold a Class A or B non-commercial driver’s license. If you drive one of these vehicles, you must fill out and submit a Texas Class A or B Driver License Application for Non-CDL Exempt Vehicles (CDL-2). See CDL-Exempt Vehicle Test Sites.
- Military or commercial vehicles when used for military purposes by military personnel;
- A farm truck or trailer that a farmer drives to move farm goods, tools, or supplies within 150 miles of their farm;
- Firefighting or emergency vehicles;
- Recreational vehicles driven for personal use;
- Vehicles owned, leased, or controlled by an air carrier and driven only on airport property;
- Vehicles used exclusively to transport seed cotton modules or cotton burrs;
- Former military vehicle manufactured for use in any country's military forces AND:
- Maintained to represent it's military design and markings accurately; AND
- Operated intrastate only; AND
- Not driven for compensation or in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise;
- A covered farm vehicle:
- Used to transport agricultural commodities, livestock, machinery or supplies to or from a farm or ranch AND:
- Not used in for-hire motor carrier operations.