Alabama Code Title 32. Motor Vehicles and Traffic § 32-6-49.10

(a) The commercial driver license shall be marked “Commercial Driver License” or “CDL,” and shall be, to the maximum extent practicable, tamper proof.  It shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following information:

(1) The name and residential address of the person.

(2) The person's color photograph.

(3) A physical description of the person including sex, height, weight, eye and hair color.

(4) Date of birth.

(5) Any other number or identifier not to include the Social Security number of the person deemed appropriate by the department.

(6) The person's signature.

(7) The class or type of commercial motor vehicle or vehicles which the person is authorized to drive together with any endorsements or restrictions.

(8) The name of this state.

(9) The dates between which the license is valid.

(b) Commercial driver licenses may be issued with the following classifications, endorsements, and restrictions as provided below.  The holder of a valid commercial driver license may drive all vehicles in the class for which that license is issued, and all lesser classes of vehicles including Class D, except motorcycles (Class M). Vehicles which require an endorsement may not be driven unless the proper endorsement appears on the license.

(1) Commercial driver licenses shall be classified as follows:

Class A -- Any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Class B -- Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, and any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Class C -- Any single vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a GVWR not in excess of 10,000 pounds comprising:

(i) Vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver;  and

(ii) Vehicles used in the transportation of hazardous materials which require the vehicle to be placarded under 49 C.F.R., Part 172, Subpart F.

(2) Endorsements and restrictions shall be coded as follows:

“H” -- Authorizes the driver to drive a vehicle transporting hazardous materials.

“K” -- Restricts the driver to vehicles not equipped with airbrakes.

“T” -- Authorizes driving double and triple trailers.

“P” -- Authorizes driving vehicles carrying passengers.

“S” -- Authorizes driving a school bus.

“N” -- Authorizes driving tank vehicles.

“X” -- Represents a combination of hazardous materials and tank vehicle endorsements.

(c) Before issuing a commercial driver license, the department shall obtain driving record information through the Commercial Driver License Information System, the National Driver Register, and from each state in which the person has been licensed.

(d) Within 10 days after issuing a commercial driver license, the department shall notify the Commercial Driver License Information System of that fact, providing all information required to ensure identification of the person.

(e) A commercial driver license issued pursuant to this article expires as set by existing state law.

(f) Renewal procedures for commercial driver licenses shall be as follows:  Every person applying for renewal of a commercial driver license shall complete the application form required by subsection (a), providing updated information and required certifications.  If the applicant wishes to retain a hazardous materials endorsement, the written test for a hazardous materials endorsement shall be taken and passed.


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