Are Commercial Truck Drivers Required To Have A Special Driver's License?

Yes. Commercial truck drivers must have a commercial driver's license if:

  1. They drive a vehicle that weights more than 26,000 lbs;
  2. They transport themselves and 16 or more passengers, or
  3. They transport hazardous materials.

To get a commercial driver's license, a driver must pass a knowledge and driving skills test; the driving skills test must be taken in a truck that is similar to the type of truck the driver will drive.