Chapter 5, Section G:|
Class E (CDL Exempt)
Revised February 28, 2008
Federal regulation allows states to exempt three groups of drivers from
the general rule that a CDL is required
to drive vehicles over 26,000 pounds.
New Mexico Class E (CDL exempt) license
By rule (188.8.131.52 NMAC) drivers with a
Class E license may operate certain vehicles that are over 26,000 pounds on the public roads and highways
of New Mexico without a commercial driver's license. The Class E exempt
license is available to drivers of:
Recreational Vehicles vehicles
registered and used as a recreational vehicles.
Farm and Ranch Vehicles
vehicles that are: controlled and operated by
a farmer or rancher or an employee of a farmer or rancher; used to
transport agricultural products, agricultural machinery or agricultural
supplies to or from a farm or ranch; used within 150 miles of the
ranch or farm; and not used in the operations of a motor carrier or otherwise used
Vehicles vehicles manufactured for and equipped to fight fires and
equipped with audible and visual signals and operated by a person who is
a member of a volunteer or paid fire organization.
Military Vehicles - all vehicles owned or operated by the
department of defense and operated by non-civilian operators. [Note:
Military drivers are, however, typically licensed by the military,
so would not normally need a New Mexico Class E license.]
All applicants for a Class E license must provide a Vehicle Certification - MVD form #10414. THIS IS YOUR DOCUMENTATION FOR WHY YOU ISSUED
THE EXEMPTION. MAKE SURE THAT THE APPLICANT IS QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE IT.
RV driver may sign for
himself, both first time and upon renewal.
Farm or Ranch
owner may sign for himself, both first time and upon renewal;
however, the farmer/rancher must sign, both first time and upon
renewal, for employee-applicant.
Fire Fighters Fire Chief must
sign, both first time and upon renewal.