What is a chauffeurs drivers license?

A chauffeurs drivers license is required in many states to operate any number of commercial vehicles. If you transport passengers for a fee, whether by limousine, taxi, or small van carrying a limited number of passengers, your state might require a special license or endorsement.

Some states, like Rhode Island and Michigan, offer a specific chauffeur license. Other states, like Washington and Florida, require a commercial drivers license (CDL) with or without a chauffeur endorsement.

If your state requires you to earn a CDL before working as a chauffeur, chances are you have some extra work to do. Requirements vary widely by state, as do fees and renewal schedules. In California, for instance, you are required to obtain your CDL if your vehicle is designed to carry 10 or more passengers. Fewer than 10 and a standard Class C license should suffice. The process of obtaining your CDL usually involves meeting certain age restirctions, passing additional written and road tests, and payment of permit fees of $50 or more.

If your work requires you to get a chauffeurs license, you might also want to look into specific CDL education programs and commercial insurance plans.

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