Applying for a North Carolina CDL - Class C License w/ Hazardous Materials Endorsement
Driving large vehicles designated as commercial class or certain specialty vehicles in the United States requires a commercial driver’s license, or CDL . There are 3 classes of CDLs which are the same in all states. A class A or B license allows for the driving of commercial class vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 26,001 pounds. A class C CDL, on the other hand, allows you to drive passenger vehicles that carry 16 or more people (including the driver), or hazardous material vehicles , neither of which can exceed 26,001 pounds GVWR.
Eligibility for a Class C CDL in North Carolina
You must be 18 years old to apply for a license if you declare on your application that it will be for in-state driving. You must be 21 years of age to apply for an interstate license. You must have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and proof of residency in North Carolina . In addition, applying for Endorsement H requires you to not have been convicted of any disqualifying crimes.
Applying For a Class C CDL w/Endorsement H in North Carolina
Along with an application, medical forms, and a $30 application fee, you will need two forms of ID, a social security card, proof of North Carolina residency, and proof of auto liability insurance. There is an additional $15 fee for a learner’s permit, and a $60 fee for a 4 year CDL license. Applying for each additional endorsement costs $12 for a 4 year license. You will take these forms into a DMV office and submit them there.
Applying For Endorsement H
Obtaining endorsement H with your CDL requires some additional hurdles. You must pass a Federal Security Threat Assessment through the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and the FBI. You must also undergo fingerprinting. There is $86.50 in total fees for this process in North Carolina. You must pass a specific knowledge test on top of this. Also, Endorsement H requires renewal and a new background check every 5 years.
Other Information For a Class C CDL in North Carolina
Be sure to study well for the written test in order to avoid retesting and additional fees. You should plan on allocating additional funds to pay for commercial driving lessons. Make an appointment with the DMV office whenever possible to avoid long waits. Licenses must be renewed every 4 years.