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What does a chauffeur's license test cover?

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A chauffeur license test, which often includes commercial drivers license endorsement, may include questions related to driving and safety when operating longer and larger vehicles. This may include making safe turns, parking, distance driving, night driving and gross weight requirements for commercial vehicles.

Exact test requirements vary from state to state. In the state of Michigan, a chauffeur driver's license is required if a person is expected to operate a motor vehicle with a gross weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more. It also includes operating a vehicle that carries passengers, transporting property, merchandise or goods for eventual sale, operating a bus or school bus and operating a taxi or limousine.

Obtaining a license requires passing a written knowledge test on chauffeur driving. No skills test is required unless one has not already been passed.

A chauffeur driver license with commercial driver license endorsement is required to operate large commercial vehicles such as buses and semi-tractors. It is also required to transport hazardous materials. There are two types of chauffeur licenses: the standard and the enhanced license. The enhanced license allows a person to re-enter the U.S. from neighboring countries such as Canada and Mexico without having to provide additional documentation.


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