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Texas Class A or B License Upgrade FAQs

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Oledog3,

Unfortunately I did not speak to the supervisor directly, the young lady I was talking to following the test took the initiative to ask a couple supervisors. I might have been sounding a little frustrated since I notice a few other people looking at me while I was explaining why the air brake test should not apply. She did not know an air brake from an electric brake. 

Best Regards,

Wanderers

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Oledog3,

I went to Texas.gov and TxDPS.gov and did not find any public accessible information on what tests are required for the Class A exempt. You could try calling the DPS service during the work week, working through the menus until you talk to a human and see if they can point you to the requirements. They really need to do a better job of explaining the requirements for RVers. I had to educate the folks at United RV because they did not know about the requirements for when their clients might require a Class A or B exempt license. If the RV dealerships don't know, how can they expect the rest of us to know?

I know the Texas legislature was working on a bill to allow for CDL type training facilities for RVers. But never heard what happened to that bill. 

Best Regards,

The Wanderers

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OLEDOG, a "no air brake equipped vehicle" restriction (restriction "L") is a CDL only restriction. Try asking why you would need to take a test to remove a restriction that does not apply to a non commercial vehicle and therefore you can not have on your (non commercial) drivers license.

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On 4/27/2018 at 9:03 PM, Wanderers said:

Maybe David and Cheryl have more references to the code they can provide.

Oh how I wish I did. But as far as I know, the information about which written tests you have to take is just "oral knowledge" that is not available in writing anywhere that's accessible to the public.

Getting to Livingston is unfortunately often not practical, given the size of our state. So my best advice is to visit the DPS office where you plan to take your written test, and ask them if they know what test you're supposed to take for the Class A or B exempt license. If you get the right answer (even if you have to consult with a supervisor to get there), take the test. If you don't, and they want you to take the air brakes test or something else you shouldn't have to do, maybe try visiting a different office if there's one close-ish to you.

David

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Thanks to everyone for the feedback.  I took the combo test today (couple of online practice test actually made it easy) after hearing their new argument of "combination test is required as of April 18"  I'm not sure I believe it.  I spoke to Austin office and they could not confirm....nor deny that info.  I needed it done, so I played their game and did it their way.   Just waiting for the drive test to be scheduled, as they had trouble doing that too. Thus the fun continues.   SMH

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I took the written test today at the Baytown location.  Very friendly and helpful people working there.  I only took the required Texas CVO Knowledge Test which is over Chapter 14.  I made 100 on the test.  I was in and out in less than a couple of hours.  I am scheduled for the road test the week after next.  Now I can forget all the irrelevant data that I would never use again.

Thanks everybody for all their help.

Jaime

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I went to Bowie yesterday to take the written test, and was informed that Texas DPS issued a directive last week adding the Combination test for the Class A exempt.  Took the General Knowledge (chapter 14) yesterday, and the Combination (chapter 6) test today.  Both pretty easy with the online practice tests.  Scheduled for the driving test in Bowie the first week of June.  Other than the inconvenience, I am really seeing the value of the additional licensing.

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2 hours ago, sbpierce said:

I went to Bowie yesterday to take the written test,

Welcome to the forums! Great having you with us. 

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I took the driving test in Baytown this morning.  All went well.  I had to do the backup in a straight line then drove for about 20 minutes.  Tester did a great job and was very helpful.  Passed the driving test without a problem.

Jaime

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