So heres the skinny as I have been schooled by USDOT and all the states in the west.
U do not need a CDL for a rig under 26000 Pounds, or without air brakes. Thats a seperate issue - any DMV can tell you if a rig you plan on driving yourself can be legally driven by you and whatever license you have. Loookup your rig at a DMV site theres lots of resons you would need a CDL
On the business end of things though it gets even murkier. Hauling freight for anyone makes you a common carrier.
INTRASTATE = No crossing state lines. You can do it Intrastate pretty easily. Dont cross state lines, you and your NON cdl rig only need to pay your taxes and be insured.
INTERSTATE = crossing state lines, you will need a USDOT number and account (free) as well as a USDOT (CVSA Sticker works) inspection. This is free if done by a State Officer on the side of the road (you dont want this) or as much as 250 bucks at an authorized site. Even if your rig does not need a CDL to drive, you will need the USDOT number, Insurance, and Inspection. its a felony in some places to not have these items. Only exemption to the USDOT rules is if you are under 10000# GVW. a ford F350 is over 10000
So to recap:
Intrastate - Non CDL
1. Need a business llicense,
2. and insurance
3. CDL (if required per vehicle)
4. Logbook if your more than 100 air miles from your home base and still in your home state.
Interstate - Non CDL Rigs at a minimum
1. USDOT Number
2. Business License
4. Appropriate insurance
5. Business License
6. USDOT inspection (CVSA)
7. CDL If required for your situation, 16 passengers (paying) over 26K, Air Brakes, Hazardous Materials, and there are some others.
8. Logbook. ( a Misdeamenor in NV, WA, OR et.al. if not filled out daily and accurately. Get in a wreck and its not done - now its a felony)
9. Fresh Weight Scale Ticket, unless it is painfully obvious your under (deadhead etc.
Only exemption to paid cargo interstate for the above is to items 1, 6, 8, and 9 if the vehicle is under 10000# GVW. Felony in WA, OR, And NV otherwise
Also - You still are responsible for narcotics in your rig though, fireworks, and any other contraband - so remember that as well. Thats a double edged sword being an unlicensed common carrier.
On the one hand the tropper asks you "is this your stuff" (your going down for transporting drugs.)
On the other hand he asks "Is this your stuff?"
"No Sir, we are hauling this for money" You say.
Now you get a ticket for not having a manifest, (unles you declare the drugs on it - then your guity of knowingly transporting again), being an unlicensed commercial carrier, and whatever he can think of depending on his mood.
If you want some formulas for expenses on hauling gear and logistics factors PM me an address and ill drop some to you.
FYI - Common carriers are getting 3 bucks a mile on the low end 3.50 on the high end. More for specialized carriers, like reefers, step decks, lowboys etc.
RV exemptions may still require a CDL if it has Airbrakes, is over 26k etc. A lot of truckers register their tractors with Sleepers as RV's to save tax money. Other licensing loopholes are for "Not For Hire" on the side of a truck. This means that BOEING truck only hauls BOEING owned equipment on its BOEING owned and operated trucks. this eases some of the regulatory requirements.
Logbooks are exepmted only if you are within a 100 mile air circle of your home base. for intrastate carriers. Outside that you have to habe one even Intrastate/
Id just make sure theres no drugs, that would be my biggest fear.
You wont have any problems with a rig the size your talking about. I envisioned you guys with a B Set
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