For Hire / Uber / Taxi / Chauffeur Drivers License

As of Jan 2016, there are no state-wide requirements for these kinds of drivers in Massachusetts.  Therefore, there isn't a special state license or endorsement.  However, your local munical government (town or city) may have requirements, licenses or fees.  Check with your local government before starting such a business or work.

Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL)

The Commercial Driver License (CDL) is a special type of license that you may apply for to transport interstate or instrastate commerce.  In addition, to having the CDL, you may be required to specific endorsements on your license depending on the type of vehicle or what you are transporting.

Driver License Classes that require a CDL:

Class A

Any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. (Holders of a Class A license may, with any appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Classes B, C, and D).

Class B

Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR. (Holders of a Class B license may, with any appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Classes B, C, and D).

Class C

Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is placarded for hazardous materials. (Holders of a Class C license may, with any appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Classes C and D).

Exemptions for needing a CDL:

  • Farm Vehicle/Equipment Operators - Class D License holders may operate farm vehicles which are controlled by a farmer and operated by that farmer, his employees, or his family; used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery, and/or farm supplies to or from the farmer's farm; not used in the operation of a common or contract carrier; and used within 150 air miles of the farmer's farm. Drivers of vehicles used in lumber operations or nursery operations 540 CMR: REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES are considered part of a "tree farm" operation. The term "farmer" also includes one in the business or raising horses, poultry, hogs, or bees. This exemption applies to a farm vehicle of any weight rating, to a farm vehicle required to be placarded for hazardous materials, and to a farm vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons including the driver. 
  • Emergency Equipment/Vehicle Operators - Class D License holders may operate farm vehicles which are controlled by a farmer and operated by that farmer, his employees, or his family; used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery, and/or farm supplies to or from the farmer's farm; not used in the operation of a common or contract carrier; and used within 150 air miles of the farmer's farm. Drivers of vehicles used in lumber operations or nursery operations 540 CMR: REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES are considered part of a "tree farm" operation. The term "farmer" also includes one in the business or raising horses, poultry, hogs, or bees. This exemption applies to a farm vehicle of any weight rating, to a farm vehicle required to be placarded for hazardous materials, and to a farm vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons including the driver. 
  • Military Vehicle Operators - Military personnel may operate military vehicles for military purposes without any license under 540 CMR 2.06. 
  • Recreational Vehicle Operators - Any vehicle operated solely as a personal or family conveyance for recreational purposes may be operated with a Class D License.
  • Off-Road Construction Equipment Operators. - A CDL is not required of a skilled mechanic at a construction site operating off-road motorized construction equipment which by its design, appearance, and function is not intended for use on a public way.

Applying for a  Commercial Driver License (CDL)

You will be required to pass one or more knowledge and skills tests depending on the class of license and endorsements you wish to obtain. Most operators of commercial vehicles with a gross motor vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more are required to carry a Medical Examiner’s Certificate at all times while operating a second division vehicle. Visit here for more information about the Medical Certificate.

To apply you must do the following:

  • Apply in-person at an RMV office and complete the application.
  • Present documents to prove your identity.
  • Present documents to prove your date of birth.
  • Present documents to prove Massachusetts residence.
  • Present evidence of your Social Security Number
  • Meet the self-certification of medical status
  • Agree to give your signature
  • Pass the vision test and the knowledge and skills tests
  • PAY the required fee
  • You MUST provide the appropriate commercial motor vehicle for the driving test.

For more details about CDLs, read the official Massachusetts Commerical Driver's License (CDL) Manual.  This documents in more detail the tests that you will be required to pass.

Locations for CDL Tests

The following RMV locations offer the CDL Knowledge Test.

Boston
Braintree
Brockton
Chicopee
Easthampton
Fall River
Greenfield
Haverhill
Lawrence
Leominster
Martha's Vineyard
Milford
Lowell
Nantucket
New Bedford
North Adams
Pittsfield
Plymouth
Revere
South Yarmouth
Springfield
Taunton
Watertown
Wilmington
Worcester

 

Special Endorsements for the CDL

There are several endorsement codes you will want to apply for depending on the type of commerical driving you will be doing.

CDL Class Possible Endorsements
Class A H - Hazardous Materials
N - Tank Vehicles
P - Passenger Transport
T - Doubles/Triples
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles
L - Air Brakes
S - School Bus
Class B H - Hazardous Materials
N - Tank Vehicles
P - Passenger Transport
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles
L - Air Brakes
S - School Bus
Class C H - Hazardous Materials
N - Tank Vehicles
P - Passenger Transport
X - HazMat and Tank Vehicles
L - Air Brakes
S - School Bus