Applying for a Kansas CDL - Class A License
The class for each CDL, A, B or C depends on the weight limit of the vehicle. In order for a person to get a CDL, they must take and pass the General Knowledge Test , which is required for all CDLs and additional tests or endorsements required for that license class.
Driver’s Licenses by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
There are separate classes of commercial driver’s licenses given by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. All states issue licenses in these categories: Class A : This class comprises a combination of vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating (GWVR) of 26,001+ pounds. That is also if the GVWR of the vehicle being towed is over 10,000 pounds. Class B: This class comprises a single vehicle with GVWR of 26,001+ pounds. Also included are such vehicles towing a vehicle not more than having a GVWR of 10,000 pounds. Class C: This class comprises a vehicle or any combination of them that are not under Class A or Class B, but are designated to transport 16 or more commuters or passengers— inclusive of the driver, or is classified for hazardous materials.
Getting a Class A Kansas CDL
In order to get a class A CDL, you must pass the following:
In case you aim to drive a certain kind of equipment, then you will be asked to maintain an additional endorsement for that particular equipment. In addition, you will need the following, which require additional testing:
If you vehicle bears air brakes, then you will be required to pass a written knowledge test about them too.
Road testing, or driving testing, is a complete check of your skills by a KS DOR examiner who will check for the following:
In this stage, you will be asked to demonstrate to the examiner what you are looking for in the vehicle and why. This stage is comprehensive and covers each and every component or system under, in or on the truck and trailer unit. They include:
The following maneuvering skills will have to be performed in the basic skills portion of your test:
1. Back up
You are advised to stay inside the vehicle throughout the basic skills test. Getting out of the driver’s seat to check on your progress is not recommended.
You will be asked to drive on a pre-determined route for the examiner to check your driving skills. The areas to be covered in this test are:
Combination Vehicles Endorsement
This entails learning driving combinations, Combination vehicle air brakes, anti-lock brake systems, coupling and uncoupling and inspecting combinations.
The fee varies as per several factors including the addition of different endorsements. You can find the chart for all kinds of fees here
You are required to self-certify the type of your vehicle operation with the Kansas Division of Vehicles. You will be asked to self certify in one of these driving categories below:
1- Excepted Interstate
You will be asked to provide the Division of Vehicles and a federal medical certificate if you pick the Non-Excepted Interstate.