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Old 08-06-2016, 02:58 PM   #31
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so if i travel through certain states i should be stopping in each state and getting endorsements on my ohio license for other states for my air brake bus??

im trying to figure how that works... i would have to stop when i got into canada nd somehow take a test so I can drive the bus in canada?

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Old 08-06-2016, 06:14 PM   #32
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I don't expect any state will (or even could) put an endorsement on a driver license issued by another state.

Some states don't offer an air brake endorsement. Utah, for example. So far as I can tell any person with a Utah class A-C commercial driver license is licensed for air brakes, unless they have the "no air brakes" restriction printed on the license. There isn't an air brake endorsement available for Utah's class D (non-commercial) license.

So far as I'm aware, within the US all the states have reciprocity with their driver licenses. This would mean that if you're traveling outside the state where your license is issued, the state you're visiting would uphold the privileges and restrictions your state has attached to your license. If your state is like Utah and does not offer an air brake endorsement for non-commercial licenses, and does not require a commercial license for air-braked vehicles in private use, then I expect any state you might visit should honor that too.

Canada may be an entirely different story. I don't have any idea how international driver license reciprocity works.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:41 PM   #33
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I have my class A with air brake endorsement. Also i kept my passenger endorsement for when i drove school bus for 2 years. My bus dont have air brakes and its a manual transmission. Still dont have a desire to get harrased by the Canadian boarder patrol cuz i drive a bus. Plenty of states to visit before i try and venture to Alaska. Thanks guys for this thread. Very informative
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:37 PM   #34
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I don't expect any state will (or even could) put an endorsement on a driver license issued by another state.

Some states don't offer an air brake endorsement. Utah, for example. So far as I can tell any person with a Utah class A-C commercial driver license is licensed for air brakes, unless they have the "no air brakes" restriction printed on the license. There isn't an air brake endorsement available for Utah's class D (non-commercial) license.

So far as I'm aware, within the US all the states have reciprocity with their driver licenses. This would mean that if you're traveling outside the state where your license is issued, the state you're visiting would uphold the privileges and restrictions your state has attached to your license. If your state is like Utah and does not offer an air brake endorsement for non-commercial licenses, and does not require a commercial license for air-braked vehicles in private use, then I expect any state you might visit should honor that too.

Canada may be an entirely different story. I don't have any idea how international driver license reciprocity works.
Well put!

Similar in Washington except if you have a CDL and want to drive an air brake equipped vehicle you do have to pass the air brake portion of the exam. If you don't then you are restricted to hydraulic brakes. RV's and private(non-commercial) vehicles under 26000lbs are specifically exempt from the CDL requirement.
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:44 PM   #35
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Well put!

Similar in Washington except if you have a CDL and want to drive an air brake equipped vehicle you do have to pass the air brake portion of the exam. If you don't then you are restricted to hydraulic brakes. RV's and private(non-commercial) vehicles under 26000lbs are specifically exempt from the CDL requirement.
in ohio ANY RV even over 26k lbs with air brakes is exempt from any and all CDL requirements... im an ohio resident with ohio License.. if my bus was not Titles and tagged as an RV then I would be required to have CDL-B because im over 26k with air brakes.. but titling and registering as an RV exempts me.. so my standard driver license is valid to drive the bus.. being registered as an RV though means i cannot legally carry passengers or freight or any profit, business, or church.. at least not "offically".. however "my friends and I can take a bus ride for fun" legally without issue and my insurance covers such... same as driving my car with friends to dinner..

so if I took my bus with air brakes and GVWR of 27,500 to washington and got stopped, would they simply say "ok you are ohio you are good to go" or would it be "take a ride downtown your license is incorrect....?"

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Old 08-07-2016, 06:37 PM   #36
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Similar in Washington except if you have a CDL and want to drive an air brake equipped vehicle you do have to pass the air brake portion of the exam. If you don't then you are restricted to hydraulic brakes.
That's actually the same as in Utah. I can't imagine a reason why a person would sit for the CDL exam and skip the five or so questions for the air brake section -- but a person technically could choose the air brake restriction and skip (or flunk) the associated questions on the exam.

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so if I took my bus with air brakes and GVWR of 27,500 to washington and got stopped, would they simply say "ok you are ohio you are good to go" or would it be "take a ride downtown your license is incorrect....?"
I haven't heard of a person being arrested over a license class violation. A citation, perhaps, and probably require the vehicle to be parked where the stop occurred until a licensed driver can be located or else tow the vehicle away. An honest explanation of "I believe I'm licensed appropriately in my state and understood it would be honored while visiting other states" might get a person off with a warning.

Are there actually any US states with restrictions about non-CDL drivers operating heavy private/non-commercial air-braked vehicles? I really don't know if this is all just theory, or if there's really a state where it could be an issue.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:22 PM   #37
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Texas has non-CDL classes of Licenses. An RV of greater than 26k lbs, driven for personal use, requires a non-CDL class B license.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:53 PM   #38
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If you hold an operator's license from your home jurisdiction, and you are driving a vehicle which meets the requirements of your home state, you will have no difficulty driving anywhere in Canada. You will not be grilled about your license class or what your RV used to be. If your vehicle is being operated "For Profit" or in a commercial capacity, you will have to be licensed in your home state for that activity.
If you elect to change your residency to Canada, you will be expected to comply with that provinces regulation. Just don't attempt to bring firearms over the border.
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:21 AM   #39
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if your drivers license is valid for your vehicle at home, its valid in Canada. when seeking a BC driver's license, they have multiple categories with and with out air brake endorsments. that doesnt matter as long as you arent emigrating.

the problems you will run into have to do with your insurance, your pets, your children, your firearms, possible fruits and veggies. do you have proper documentation for all of them. you'll need it.
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:52 AM   #40
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if your drivers license is valid for your vehicle at home, its valid in Canada. when seeking a BC driver's license, they have multiple categories with and with out air brake endorsments. that doesnt matter as long as you arent emigrating.

the problems you will run into have to do with your insurance, your pets, your children, your firearms, possible fruits and veggies. do you have proper documentation for all of them. you'll need it.
ive had issues with that just travelling back and forth by PLANE!! and one of my paychecks is written by a company owned and operated in canada... no reason to bring guns across... i have no kids, pets, and I dont like fruits n veggies but by gosh the border patrol seems to think IP telephones and macBook Pros are a Threat to them somewhow lol..

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