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Old 08-24-2023, 07:58 PM   #1
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More Cal DMV Saga, Cant use my Bus for the Test.

I have just been told that my Vehicle isn't registered, I can't use a TOPS one day because it is for point-to-point, and a driving test is driving around.

The last time I went, they told me IT HAD TO BE MY bus.

Today, she says no, It has to be a Like kind of vehicle driven to the DMV by a LICensed for that vehicle driver.

So, Is there Any kind soul out there in the Los Angeles area that would help me out for the 1 Day test, that has a registerd 40 -45ft Bus, And I guess a check out drive or two prior so I can get my NON Commerical B License?

Please... Reach out to me,

Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-24-2023, 09:30 PM   #2
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Any truck over 26000# with air brakes should be fine. You are not getting a passenger endorsement. Right?
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Old 08-24-2023, 09:44 PM   #3
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Correct just non Commercial B... I have a few hours behind the wheel on my 40 Ft have not driven a big rig with trailer.
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Old 08-24-2023, 09:53 PM   #4
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You need a class A for the trailer. A large rental type box truck or stake bed with air brakes would do I think. They won't rent it to any one without a class B. But if you know someone with a CDL they can rent it. Most have Allison transmissions.
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Old 08-24-2023, 10:10 PM   #5
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Interesting thanks
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Old 08-25-2023, 11:25 AM   #6
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non commercial class b

my 1994 26' foot long air brake tc2000 would work. I dont recommend the long for the test. Use the shortest you can and meet the requirements.

sorry I am in kansas.

you have been having an easy time with your bus lately. Hang in there.

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Old 08-26-2023, 12:34 AM   #7
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All part of the learning curve...

Thanks.

So Far... I don't have the ability to take the in vehicle... Trying to be legal has become a joke.
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Old 08-26-2023, 09:08 AM   #8
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Possibly a different state besides California might be a better choice?

(Couldn't help it....)
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Old 08-26-2023, 09:12 AM   #9
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The issue of another state is having a local driver to shuttle the bus to the DMV so I can test there. And the Vehicle won't be registered until I get to NC. Seems to me they are all doing their best to keep us from living the gypsy life, reducing the tax base.
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Old 08-26-2023, 12:45 PM   #10
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The issue of another state is having a local driver to shuttle the bus to the DMV so I can test there. And the Vehicle won't be registered until I get to NC. Seems to me they are all doing their best to keep us from living the gypsy life, reducing the tax base.
Hi there and good morning. I'm a bit confused after reading the thread...so, in the hope it will clarify things for myself and others who might try to offer input...can you add a bit more info about your plans and needs? In reading this, I thought you were trying to get a California license...but you mentioned that your bus will be registered in NC. Are you planning to drive a NC-registered bus in Cali, with a Cali license? Or are you (or will be) a NC resident with NC registration and driver license? Knowing these things might help us offer better suggestions. Somehow, you'll get this done!
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Old 08-26-2023, 05:19 PM   #11
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I am trying to legally drive cross country to NC from LA.
And figured best to get the license here and transfer it to there. That
way I don't have to worry about fund raising police departments having a field day with me if they get involved.
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Old 08-26-2023, 10:55 PM   #12
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I am trying to legally drive cross country to NC from LA.
And figured best to get the license here and transfer it to there. That
way I don't have to worry about fund raising police departments having a field day with me if they get involved.
In which state is your driver license now? For example, in Arizona (since I have an AZ license)nI can go online to my state's MVD and get a trip permit...30-days for $25. Or, I can get a 3-day permit for $1...and that permit starts the day after I get it, and doesn't count weekends, so if I get it on Thursday, I have Thursday-Tuesday (6 days) to drive home. If I were in California, but still had my AZ license, that's what I'd do...there's no reason to get Cali registration if your license/residence is in another state. If your driver license is in a different state, can you check with that state's MVD or DOT (or whatever they call it) and see about getting a trip permit or temporary registration? And even though I have an AZ license and residency, I've bought a half dozen buses from Cali. In some cases, I got a temp AZ permit and in 2 cases the seller (a CA resident) got and provided me with a CA trip permit.

I know you said, "Seems to me they are all doing their best to keep us from living the gypsy life..." but it seems to me that you might be overly complicating this. As long as you have a valid driver license in some state...and the bus has valid registration in some state...and you have current liability insurance...you won't have any legal issues driving your bus from CA to NC, so long as you're not hauling people or cargo commercially. I've bought, and driven home, buses from all over the US...from Washington, to California, to South Carolina, and other places...and never had an issue.

I don't think you have to worry about fund raising for the police.
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Old 08-27-2023, 08:36 AM   #13
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Is your bus in CA now? Is it titled as a bus or motor home / house car? And yes, the only way to use a TOP is if your fees have been paid. The other permit is the "One trip permit" but the vehicle must be unladen. Don't ask me how I know. Kind of like the Song, Welcome to the Hotel California, We are programmed to receive
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Old 08-27-2023, 09:50 AM   #14
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Nevada Registered expired as of 60 days ago, In Los Angeles, Cal won't register older than 2010. its 2002.

Just trying to make auth happy, and they just really don't want to be.

So frustrating. Now trying to find a Rental of comparable in the Fontana DMV area, which is close to the gentleman who has been helping me that has the Class A license.
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Old 08-27-2023, 10:05 AM   #15
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Fontana is good. Lots of trucks there. And easy to hide out too. I'm assuming it is titled as a bus then, correct? I am pretty sure you will be able to get a One Trip Permit to get out of the state after you get your licence. I know it is frustrating, but hang in there. I did it about 30 years ago and it has only gotten worse since then.
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Old 08-27-2023, 10:12 AM   #16
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It is still Listed a s a bus on the title
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Old 08-27-2023, 10:25 AM   #17
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1 simple question + bonus please

Do you live in California?


Bonus: Is the bus now in California?


if no to both, I would get out of the state ASAP. That's just me.


FYI when i drove my bus back from across Texas, all the lights turned off while driving directly behind a Hi-way patrol car. This was 11:30 at night. The lights came back on several hundred yards later then went off again , repeat. I thought the worst. Nothing. HP car exits at next exit and I go on home.


Relax.
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Old 08-27-2023, 02:08 PM   #18
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Asking again...in what state is your driver license? If not California, let us know and we'll look up the trip permit options available for you. Before you jump through the hoops of getting a non-commercial CA license, let's look at your home state options...or, even, get a renewal from NV?
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Old 08-27-2023, 05:05 PM   #19
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My NON Commercial Class C is California.
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Have you converted this yet to a motor home / house car?
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