Are you licensed to drive in California and tow a fifth-wheel trailer? If so, you may need a special license. Here’s the scoop from the California Department of Motor Vehicles:
A driver must have a fifth-wheel recreational trailer endorsement added to his/her Class C driver license to pull a fifth-wheel trailer over 10,000 lbs., but not over 15,000 pounds GVWR which is not used for hire. The endorsement is not required if the driver has a commercial or noncommercial Class A driver license.
To obtain an original fifth-wheel recreational trailer endorsement, adults must:
•Complete an application for a driver license (DL 44).
•There is no fee unless your license expires within six months.
•Pass the Recreational Vehicles and Noncommercial Class A Trailers law test.
•Pass the basic Class C law test, unless you renewed your Class C license within the last 12 months.
•Pass a vision test.
•You are not required to submit a Health Questionnaire or Physician’s Health Report.
•You are not required to take a pre-trip, skills, or driving test to add a Recreational Trailer endorsement to your current license.
Minors must complete all the steps above and meet additional requirements listed in the California Driver Handbook.