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Old 02-14-2017, 09:56 PM   #1
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Chicken or Egg?

DMV says I need my bus there to get my class C license. But I need my class C license to legally drive to the DMV. Ideas?


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Old 02-15-2017, 12:44 AM   #2
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DMV says I need my bus there to get my class C license. But I need my class C license to legally drive to the DMV. Ideas?


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I guess you have to find someone else with a license to drive you there - just like a kid getting that first driver's license had to have a parent or older friend lend a hand/car.

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Old 02-15-2017, 12:57 AM   #3
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If your bus is registered and titled as an RV all you should need is a regular driver's license.

I know there are some jurisdictions that require a different regular license to drive RV's over a certain size. If that is the case with you, make sure the seats are out and anything having to do with a school bus (stop paddle, crossing arm, 8-way lights, School Bus id, etc.) need to be removed and or disabled. The less your school bus looks like a school bus the better it will be for you.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:19 AM   #4
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Yep in illinois, although I thought that big bus you got would weigh in for a class B like mine.

You just need to get someone with the right license to get it to the dmv for you.

You are licensed by weight here CDL or not.

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Old 02-15-2017, 06:59 AM   #5
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The bus manual I found online says 36k lbs. that's what puts us up into class c. Will find a buddy


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Old 02-15-2017, 07:23 AM   #6
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Without looking it up, what is required "in" state (intrastate) is not the same as what's required if you drive "out" (interstate) of state: ie: crossing a state line.

Anything vehicle with 16 occupants + (driver included) and traveling across state lines requires a Class B CDL per Federal regulations. Weight doesn't matter. Nor does how many seats the vehicle has, it is based on manufacturer design, even if all the seats are gone. I live 8 miles from a state line and we do 80% of most everything in that state. It kinda sucks but crossing a state line really complicates many things.

The only way around the CDL is to only drive IN state untill you re-title the bus as a motorhome.

http://www.streetdirectory.com/trave...eed_a_cdl.html

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Old 02-15-2017, 07:31 AM   #7
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SUPER complicated

I wish I didn't find this licensing part of things so complicated! But I think I get it now: since my bus is already classified as an RV, it sounds like I'll need a Class B (due to weight). At least that's how it sounds now ...

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Nope, motorhomes are exempt air brakes or not. Again, I haven't looked up your state laws but motorhomes are motorhomes not trucks or buses.

If one state requires anything but a regular drivers license for a motorhome they would be able to ticket most any out of state large motorhome driver.

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Old 02-15-2017, 09:38 AM   #9
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Okay, so you're saying that since my bus is legally a motorhome but has air brakes then I need the CDL. I think I get that.
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Never heard of a CDL req for air brakes on an RV in the US. Canada...oui. US ???
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