DMV CDL license question in CA.

Reply Mon 25 Apr, 2011 10:10 pm
I have worked for the Boys and Girls Club for several years driving children to and from school and the club. Now I am told I need to acquire a Class B License. This seems unjustified, since I will not be driving a semi truck, tractor or school bus. Is this a new law, do I need this license? It is very hard to pass and the school cost over $3,000.00
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Reply Mon 25 Apr, 2011 10:36 pm
You don't say what type of vehicle it is that you drive when transporting people to and from the school and club.

Here's a section in the California Vehicle Code which I think pertains to your situation:


V C Section 12517 Qualifications of Schoolbus or School Pupil Activity Bus Driver
Qualifications of Schoolbus or School Pupil Activity Bus Driver

Here's another section:


Education Code Section 40088 Specialized Vehicle Driver Training Courses
Specialized Vehicle Driver Training Courses

Scroll down to the middle of this page for the procedure and requirements for the Class B license:


Back in the '70's I was required to have a Class 2 license for driving a jitney bus of a certain size and passenger capacity. Perhaps that is the situation you find yourself in.

Qualifying for the Class 2 wasn't that big of a deal. You just need a doctor's certificate and have to pass an additional driver's test with more technical questions.

Maybe you could ask whoever is imposing the requirement of you to show you the related vehicle code and also ask if they'd be willing to share the costs with you.
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