Class E and F Licenses

Class E and F Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of vehicle can I operate with a Class E or F driver license?    

A class E driver license allows you to operate a non-commercial truck or motor home with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) more than 26,000 lbs. A class F driver license allows you to operate a non-commercial truck or motor home with a towed unit with a combined gross vehicle weight (GVW) more than 26,000 lbs.

 

What can I tow with Class F driver license?                                              

You may tow an automobile, trailer, camper or a travel trailer.

 

What are the requirements for a Class E or F driver license?                  

To obtain a Class E or F driver license, you must pass a knowledge test, an off-road maneuvers (basic skills) test, and an on-road test.

 

What do I need to study for the Class E or F driver license tests?         

The South Carolina Driver’s Manual

 

Will I have to operate my truck or motor home to take the off-road maneuvers (basic skills) or on-road test for a Class E or F license?      

You must take the tests in your truck or motor home at one of the 36 SCDMV offices that offer Commercial Driver License testing. If you are applying for a Class F driver license, you must also bring the unit you plan to tow behind the truck or motor home.

 

If I am applying for a Class F driver license, will I have to take both the off-road maneuvers (basic skills) test and the on-road test with the towed unit attached to my truck or motor home?                                                    

If you are operating a truck, the towed unit must be attached for the off-road maneuvers and on-road tests.  If you are operating a motor home, you will not have to tow the unit while performing off-road maneuvers. Motor home tow bars are rigid and do not allow the towed unit to move freely. However, you must have the towed unit attached for the on-road test.

 

Will there be anyone at DMV to help me attach/detach my towed unit to the vehicle?                                                                                                     

No. You will need to bring someone to help you.  

 

If I change my mind and not use my motor home for recreational purposes and instead use it as part of my business, are the licensing requirements the same?                                                                                   No. If the weight of the vehicle(s) is more than 26,000 lbs. you must have a commercial driver license to operate a motor home used in commerce.

 

Am I still required to have a U.S. DOT Medical Card with a Class E or F driver’s license?                                                                                            

A DOT medical card is not required to obtain a Class E or F driver’s license.

 

If I am a firefighter with a Class E or F license. Will I still need a U.S. DOT medical card?                                                                                   

Federal and state laws do not require firefighters to have a commercial class A, B or C driver licenses to operate firefighting vehicles. Class E and F driver licenses do not require a medical card. However, many fire departments require their firemen to possess a commercial driver license, which requires a U.S. DOT medical card. 

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