Alabama CDL Requirements

CDL Instructor Chasity Phillips

In order to drive a commercial vehicle in Alabama, you must first obtain an Alabama commercial driver’s license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses can vary from state to state, Alabama classifies commercial vehicles that require a CDL to drive as follows:

  • Class A: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds that tow trailers or other vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds and tow trailers or vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C: Operate vehicles that can transport 16 or more people or vehicles that transport hazardous materials.

For more information regarding Classes of License and Endorsements and Restrictions, please visit the FMCSA Commercial Drivers License page.

Visit the Alabama Law Enforcement Driver License Department website, the Alabama Commercial Drivers License Manual and the ALEA CDL FAQ for more information.