Non-CDL Specialty Vehicles

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Non-CDL or CDL? Ask MSV!

Knowing what type of license your drivers will need to operate your specialty vehicle is important. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether or not your vehicle will require a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). There are two major factors that come into play when calculating this: gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and passenger occupancy.

GVWR is set by the vehicle's manufacturer and refers to the max operating weight allowed for a vehicle including all of its passengers and driver.

To put it simply, if the GVWR is more than 26,000 lbs., you'll need a CDL to operate it. If it's less than 26,000 lbs., there are other factors to consider that could cause your vehicle to require a CDL as well.

Larger vehicles, like certain coaches and diesel trucks, may not meet the weight requirement and passenger occupancy minimum for a CDL. Similarly, some smaller vehicles that start with GVWR of fewer than 26,000 lbs., can quickly become CDL-required vehicles, depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Total passenger occupancy
  • Chassis type
  • Interior customizations
  • Cargo weight
  • Exterior customizations

As an industry leader in the design and manufacture of fully customized specialty vehicles, we recommend a consultation with our skilled team. We will guide you every step of the way during the planning of your future vehicle. Don't hesitate to reach out; we would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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Contact us to discuss your requirements in depth. Our product team can guide you through the process, help you choose the right platform, select the ideal upgrades, and build the ultimate non-CDL vehicle to meet your requirements.

We’ll offer pictures and specs so that you can determine the best course of action, and we’ll keep you engaged at every point in the process.

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