Do I need a CDL or special driver's license to drive a limousine?

Chauffeur Driver License Requirements by State

Many states require a CDL, a special drivers license, or a special driver license endorsement before a driver can legally operate a limousine.

Some states even require a CDL with an additional passenger endorsement.

Check your state in the grid below. If it’s marked “Yes,” you’ll need to obtain some sort of special license or endorsement before you can become a chauffeur. Give your local DMV branch a call to find out specifics and, while you’re on the phone, ask about:

  • Age, medical, and background check requirements.
  • The kind of knowledge test you’ll have to take. Will it be the CDL test or one that looks more like a regular drivers license test? (Remember, you can prepare for this exam by taking a practice test or two.)
  • The kind of driving test you’ll have to take. Will you have to provide your own vehicle?
  • Application and test appointments.
If your state is marked “No,” it’s a good idea to call your DMV branch a call anyway, because some states leave chauffeur training and license requirements up to local government (meaning, you most likely won’t find the information on a state website and will have to call your city or town clerk for details).

Yes No
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
There's no special license, but there is a string of requirements. Contact Driver and Vehicle Services.
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
There's no special license, but there are plenty of requirements (including an employer application). Contact  the MVC.
New Mexico
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas Check with your local government. Some areas, such as Houston, do mandate certain license requirements.
Utah
x
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Washington
x
However, you have to meet a list of requirements. Contact the DOL.
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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