RVs are not your standard automobile. Generally they are larger, longer and heavier than your car. Therefore, they are often harder to operate. When it’s time to get an RV, many drivers begin to wonder about their qualifications to drive. Some might ask, do I have to get a special license to drive an RV?
Generally, the answer is no. Many states do not require drivers to carry a special license to drive an RV. However, this answer isn’t cut and dry. You may still need a special license based on the specifications of the RV itself.
Determining RV Licensing Requirements
Some states require drivers to get special licenses if vehicles exceed certain weights. Drivers generally get special licenses if they drive vehicles weighing over 26,000 lbs, according to Outdoorsy. Some RVs weigh under 26,000 lbs., while others come close to or exceed that limit.
If your RV approaches the 26,000 lb. limit, talk to your state’s DMV to determine what licensing requirements you need. Some states require an official commercial license. Others require non-commercial, specialized licenses, usually called Class B licenses.
Louisiana does not require special licensing for its RV owners. However, if you move to neighboring Texas, the law changes. Texans have to carry non-commercial Class B licenses when driving vehicles over 26,000 lbs. Connecticut, on the other hand, requires a commercial license to drive a vehicle over 26,000 pounds.
Learning to Safely Operate an RV
Regardless of whether you need a special license to drive an RV, you still have to take special care when you drive. RVs are sensitive vehicles. They need special techniques for almost every operation, from turning to parking. If you don’t drive safely, you might increase your RV insurance risks. This may make carrying a policy more expensive.
- When you apply for a special license, you may have to pass a variety of tests to get the license. Passing the test will help your insurance company verify that you can adequately operate the vehicle.
- Even if you don’t have to get a special license, you can still take steps to protect yourself when driving the RV. Various driving schools exist to help you get the experience you need to drive safely. Some RV insurance companies even offer discounts for those who can pass an RV driving test.
Getting RV insurance is also a critical qualification to safely operate an RV. Most states require RV operators to carry minimum insurance coverage.
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