Class A Vehicles

Class A truck– Any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds (11,793 kg) provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds (4536 kg).

A few examples of the vehicles you MAY be able to drive with a Class A CDL

(with proper endorsements) include:

  • tractor-trailers

  • truck and trailer combinations

  • tanker vehicles

  • livestock carriers

  • flatbeds

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If the vehicle you test in has an Automatic transmission, your CDL will have that restriction and you will not be licensed to drive a manual transmission:

    • E - No manual transmission equipped CMV

                       "Skills test taken in a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission.​"

 

  • If the vehicle you test in has a pintle hook connection, you will have that restriction. You will not be licensed to drive a vehicle with a fifth wheel connection:

    • ​​O - No tractor-trailer CMV

               "Skills test taken in a combination vehicle for a Class A with the power unit connected with a pintle hook or other non-fifth wheel connection.​"

Please remember to call or email the Olympia DOL office to request approval to test with a third party examiner: 

360-902-3785 

CDLSkillsTest@dol.wa.gov

 

We can not finalize your test date until DOL gives this approval.

MINIMUM TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Class A = 160 total hours, including at least:

  • 40 hours - classroom instruction

  • 18 hours - street driving training

  • 16 hours - training in backing maneuvers

  • 16 hours - proficiency development

  • 70 hours - combined lab training, range training, and observation

 

DOL now requires these hours to be documented on their online portal.

 

Only a registered Training Provider can certify a driver has met the

training requirements.  Click the button below to, visit the DOL website for more information on this process.