What Can You Drive With a Class B Drivers License in Texas?

By Carlos D.Pena, JD/MBA

In Texas, a Class B commercial drivers license allows you to drive what are commonly referred to as mid-size commercial vehicles such as mid-size haulers and certain dump trucks. A Class B license also allows you to tow cargo weighing under 10,000 pounds such as a horse trailer or camper. To obtain a Class B license you'll need to pass specialized driving tests and pay a commercial drivers license fee.

Legal Description

The Texas Administrative Code establishes Class B drivers license eligible vehicles as any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, a single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 lbs. or less, and a vehicle designed to transport 24 passengers or more, including the driver.

Types of Vehicles

Commercial vehicles weighing 26,001 pounds are commonly known as mid-sized vehicles. Examples include mid-sized freight liners, single person bucket trucks, mid-sized haulers and some dump trucks. A Class B license also allows you to drive passenger sized buses. In addition, vehicles weighing 26,001 lbs. towing cargo weighing 10,000 lbs. or less are also subject Class B requirements. Your standard two-horse trailers, slide in campers and even quad cab pick up trucks all meet the 10,000 lbs. weight limit.

Requirements

To obtain a Texas Class B drivers license you must be at least 21 years old (18 years old if all of your driving is within the state boundaries). You'll also need to pass a skills test that includes a controls skills test, an on-road driving test and a vehicle inspection test.

Exemptions

Active military personnel, firefighters, farmers driving certain types of tractors and individuals driving motor homes or moving trucks for non-business related reasons are all exempt from needing a Class B drivers license.

Fees

As of 2009, the fee to carry a Texas Class B drivers license is $60 for a five year period. There is also a $10 fee to take the commercial drivers license (CDL) exam.

About the Author

Carlos Pena is a JD/MBA from San Antonio, Texas, who recently served as policy analyst for the San Antonio City Council. He's also an award winning copywriter. When he isn't working with law firms or ad agencies, Pena writes about matters of law, policy, technology, marketing/PR and just about anything that captures his fancy.