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.
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.
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.
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.
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.