Are you wondering what weight trailer you can tow with your California Class "C" Drivers License? Or what other license or endorsement you might need to tow that large horse trailer or larger than 40 foot motorhome? Unfortunately, most dealers of new or used trailering rigs will not tell you that the trailer that they are trying to sell you may require you to get an endorsement on your California Class C license or even a Noncommercial Class A license. Why tell you something that may spoil the deal?
Check the table below for some of the noncomercial license requirements in California that would affect horse owners with large rigs. The table below is a subset of the information available at the License Classes and License Requirements for Noncommercial License Classes webpage on the California DMV website. If a Noncommercial Class A license or an Endorsement on your Class C license is needed, the study material for both of these "upgrades" is contained in the Recreational Vehicles and Trailers booklet available at any DMV office.
License Classes and License Requirements
Noncommercial License Classes (subset):
License classes are based on the size of vehicle you wish to drive or the weight of the trailer you wish to tow. No passenger vehicle, pickup truck, or RV may tow more than one other vehicle without a Commercial Class A license, with endorsement.
NOTE: No motor vehicle under 4,000 lbs. unladen may tow any vehicle weighing 6,000 lbs. or more gross. (VC §21715)