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Old 03-09-2020, 09:22 PM   #1
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Texas License Requirements

We just found what we think is a perfect bus. It is a 2002 40 foot rear engine Thomas Safe-T-Line bus with 8.3 Cummins engine and Allison M6040 transmission with 123,000 miles and pass through underbelly storage, as well as storage bins on the sides. The seats have already been removed, as well as wall and ceiling insulation and the metal floor treated with Rustoleum primer/sealer. It's ready for build out.

Anyway, my question is would I need a special license to drive it? I live in Texas and from what I've read, Texas may have some licensing laws different from other states, but some of what I've read is contradicting. I spoke to a Texas highway patrolman and even he wasn't sure what the Texas law is. I also called our local DMV and the staff there couldn't seem to agree if a Class C license would be needed (two said yes and one argued no). I would hate to buy the thing, get it converted, then find we couldn't drive it.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:55 PM   #2
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my take on it

https://www.dps.texas.gov/driverlicense/dlclasses.htm rules are here at this place

but likely is going to be class B non CDL. your bus is more than 26,000 lbs gross vehicle weight....

and tow another vehicle/trailer 10,000 lbs gross or less.

and

less than 23 seats.....

you have more than 10,000 lbs towed behind you , you need class C

you have more than 23 seats you need class c

CUMMINS.... not cummings. sounds like you have a real corker of a driveline.


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Old 03-09-2020, 10:40 PM   #3
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Shoot, I was hoping I wouldn't need to up my license.
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Old 03-10-2020, 12:23 AM   #4
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you have more than 10,000 lbs towed behind you , you need class C

you have more than 23 seats you need class c

CUMMINS.... not cummings. sounds like you have a real corker of a driveline.


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Clarification: In Texas, class C is a regular non-commercial driver license. Class A or Class B are special permitted license non-commercial classes. (See the link MagnaKansas provided.)



So if you have a vehicle over 26K pounds, or more than 10K pounds towed, or more than 23 seats, you will need a Class B or Class A license, depending on the conditions stated above. If you have a vehicle with 16-23 seats, you will need a Class C COMMERCIAL license.
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Old 03-10-2020, 08:06 AM   #5
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What was the price if you don't mind me asking?
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